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10 Classic Stoner Movies That Will Get You 'Dazed And Confused'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 24, 2013 1:41 PM
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This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Richard Linklater's seminal "Dazed and Confused," a movie that celebrated that sweet spot in between adolescence and adulthood, the super sounds of the '70s, and of course, marijuana. In "Dazed and Confused," classic rites-of-passage are dutifully dramatized, from ritualized hazing to awkward first encounters with girls, but pot is something else—it's symbolic of taking a stand, of not playing by The Man's rules. It's also something that makes any number of the characters giggle uncontrollably. There's something beautiful, transcendent almost, about the weed-smoking in "Dazed and Confused," especially as the movie concludes with a sunrise toke on the high school football field. It also got us to thinking about ten of the very best, like, stoner movies man!

Kal Penn Says He Doesn't Consider The 'Harold & Kumar' Films To Be Stoner Movies

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 3, 2011 11:57 AM
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Since “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” was released in 2004, much has happened to both of its stars, Kal Penn and John Cho, but Penn’s career trajectory in particular took some genuinely unexpected turns. In addition to playing a villainous henchman in “Superman Returns,” a teenage terrorist on “24,” and a sports medicine specialist on “House,” in 2009 he became Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which took him out of Hollywood and put him in a political spotlight. Amazingly, it was another installment of the series that gave him his breakthrough, entitled “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” which prompted his return to acting. But at the Los Angeles press day for the film, Penn told The Playlist he wasn’t worried how playing a mischievous pothead might reflect negatively upon the prestige of his work in Washington, D.C.

Point-Counter-Point Review: 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' A Funny 3D Blast Or A Lazy Gimmick?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 3, 2011 6:52 AM
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The unlikely third chapter in a highly unlikely franchise, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," sees our favorite multi-culti stoner duo of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) taking on the merry yuletide spirit as only they could. And in a weird way, it makes perfect sense to pair the boys with Christmas, since for all their bad-ass, pan-Asian Cheech and Chong vibe, the 'Harold & Kumar' movies (2004's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and 2008's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay") have largely been sweet fables about the power of friendship and not the outrageous shock-fests they masquerade as. The third film is even sweeter, with a message about the importance of family and very few gags that anyone with a middle school education would consider taboo.

John Cho Says He'd Love To See Kumar Have A Baby In A Future 'Harold & Kumar' Movie

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 3, 2011 3:03 AM
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And More From The Actor About 'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas' & Following In The Footsteps Of George TakeiWhen “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” premiered in 2004, it followed in the understated footsteps of films like “How High” and “Half Baked” – in other words, no matter how many spliffs the characters burned, the film itself never quite set the box office on fire. However, it became a sensation on home video and cable repeats, finding a legion of fans. For its two stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, the film was a big breakthrough in their careers, leading to a variety of other projects that, perhaps fortuitously, weren’t as pot-related. Cho landed regular spots on the TV shows "Kitchen Confidential" and "FlashForward," and stepped into the shoes of Hikaru Sulu when J.J. Abrams relaunched "Star Trek" in 2009, while Penn appeared on “House” and guested on “How I Met Your Mother” when he wasn’t working with President Obama in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.

'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' Soundtrack Features Big Boi, RZA, Bing Crosby & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2011 2:53 AM
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The Grinch, Jesus, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, George Bailey, Charlie Brown, Scrooge and now Harold & Kumar. The foul mouthed duo are hoping to become a new part of your holiday tradition with "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" and they are bringing a mix of classic carols, party favorites and other oddities to get the mood right.

Babes, Drugs & A Claymation Penis In 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 12:24 PM
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Plus Two Stockings Worth Full Of New Pics & PostersWhat a difference a red band trailer makes. I wasn't really feeling the first trailer that dropped for "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," but maybe the movie can't be appreciated fully without some serious raunch. After all, this is an R-rated comedy we're talking about.

Harold And Kumar Earn Character Banners For 'A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Ah, character banners. One of the weirder ways of building anticipation for movies, ignoring that a lot of them are faceless brands where most of the characters are interchangeable. Sometimes, you get stuff like "Harry Potter," where even non-fans are aware that Professor Snape is a supporting wizard character with bad hair. Most of the time, it's a supporting player from something like "Jonah Hex" or "Brick," where even the people who saw those movies are wondering, "Wait, which one is the guy with the hat? Weren't there a couple of hat people? And this woman with the cigarette, which one is she? Okay, that one guy wasn't even in this movie."

Watch: Santa Gets Shot In The Face In Trailer For 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 1:58 AM
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When "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" first arrived it was a blast of fresh air. It was an R-rated comedy with two non-white leads with the entire plot centered around two very stoned guys who get the munchies and go on a quest for some sliders. Simple, stupid and very successful. But whatever unique flavor that film had was immediately traded in for just being another run-of-the-mill raunch fest, as the unfunny, nearly unwatchable sequel "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" just tried to go for extreme gross-out gags with one as unfunny as the last. Which brings us to the latest effort, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," which pretty much plays as yet another sub-"The Hangover" stab at being provocatively funny.

Harold & Kumar Salute The Holidays In First Look At 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2011 12:49 PM
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Update: a cleaner version has arrived via Yahoo.

Pixar's 'Brave', 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' & More Get Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 2:29 AM
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'Another Earth' Arrives This Summer, 'The Apparition' Scared Into 2012With opening weekends for a film now proving more and more important in the do-or-die atmosphere of Hollywood blockbusters, it's no surprise that jockeying for release dates now starts far in advance, as studios and distributors hope to make the right gamble for their movies. So with that in mind, a handful of films got pushed around over the past day or so.

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