There’s nothing quite like discovering new branches of the Jewish family tree, especially when that branch reaches all the way to failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," a stoner grossout comedy about roommates on a burger run, transcends its genre to become a clever spoof on racial stereotyping. (The beleaguered protagonists are Korean American and Indian American.)
Zach Braff's Sundance hit, "Garden State," meanwhile, is a quirky dark comedy about a slacker-actor who is emotionally reborn after returning home for his mother's funeral.
We were late for the movie because of Shabbat dinner. With fresh sectional challah imported from Zomick's bakery in Long Island, N.Y., and kosher Cabernet Sauvignon brought from California, a few other traditional Jews gathered at our bicoastal condo for Friday night dinner just as the Sundance Festival was ticking away its last movies of the 2004 season.