Asian stoners, rejoice! Variety reports this morning that Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers of the first two Harold & Kumar movies, are back together for a third installment with Kal Penn and John Cho.
As much as I like to pretend to be a movie snob, I’m proud to admit that I’m super excited about this news.
I remember when I first heard about Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (most probably on angryasianman.com) and my excitement to learn that it was the first major feature film starring Asian American actors in the lead roles. Yeah, I know we all supported Better Luck Tomorrow (starring John Cho, again!) but to actually see a widely released, mainstream film with Asian actors? CRAZY.
And then the sequel?? EVEN CRAZIER.
And now a TRILOGY??? AHHH!
Alright, in all seriousness, I know that this is just another pot movie and like the farthest thing from being the latest Oscar contender or breaking any sort of Dark Knight box office records…but I’ll say it first. I’m glad to see Hollywood embrace a movie franchise (can it even be called that?) that can combine good humor (YES IT’S FUNNY. DON’T HATE.) and the Asian American identity. Not only that, our Asian American duos clearly do drugs, thus breaking ground in the well-established model minority stereotypes. WE DO DRUGS. YEAH! Plus, both dudes hook up with white chicks in the second movie. Take that, America (and Esther Ku)! Think Asian girls are out of their league?? Who cares when they can get with white girls!