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List of Kal Penn Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Namesake (2006)
17
2
The Namesake
PG-13
17
2

Immigrant couple Ashoke and Ashima tries to adapt to the life in New York where they raise their children, Gogol and Sonia. The two generations struggle with the clash of diverse cultures, as they try to accept the other’s views. With passing years, Gogol learns more about his namesake author, grows to appreciate his heritage while trying to carve his individual identity. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Nikhil a.k.a. Gogol
Director:
Mira Nair
Genres:
Drama
2. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)
14
2
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Motwani
Director:
Ravi Kumar
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee
3. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
16
2
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
R
16
2

The stoner comedy follows friends Harold Lee and Kumar Patel who decide to visit a nearby White Castle fast-food outlet after smoking marijuana. What follows is a series of comical misadventures, including encountering Neil Patrick Harris high on ecstasy, racist police officers, rednecks, before they can reach their favorite burgers.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Kumar Patel
Director:
Danny Leiner
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
4. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
14
2
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
R
14
2

Stoners Harold and Kumar are mistakenly arrested as terrorists while trying to smuggle a bong on their flight to Amsterdam and are sent to Guantanamo Bay. After they escape and make their way back to Texas, they plan to use Colton, Harold’s friend, to clear their names. But Colton betrays them and they must plan their own exoneration. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kumar
Director:
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
5. American Desi (2001)
11
2
American Desi
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ajay Pandya
Director:
Piyush Dinker Pandya
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Deep Katdare, Purva Bedi, Ronobir Lahiri, Rizwan Manji
6. A Lot Like Love (2005)
11
2
A Lot Like Love
PG-13
11
2

After meeting on a plane Oliver and Emily develop an instant connection. Throughout the years they live separate lives but become close friends. However, anytime one tries to get more out of their relationship the other seems content being friends. Will the two figure out their love for each other before it’s too late?

As:
Cast
Director:
Nigel Cole
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
7. Van Wilder (2002)
12
4
Van Wilder
R
12
4

Tired of his son’s attitude, Wilder Sr stops Van Wilder's tuition fees. Van, who has been in college for seven years, devises a way to raise money. Meanwhile Gwen, a journalist student is tasked to write a piece on Van Wilder. Spending time with her makes Van understand himself better. However, Gwen’s boyfriend does not like her spending time with Van.

As:
Cast
Role:
Taj Mahal Badalandabad
Director:
Walt Becker
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
8. The Sisterhood of Night (2014)
10
2
The Sisterhood of Night
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gordy Gambhir
Director:
Caryn Waechter
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Laura Fraser, Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward, Willa Cuthrell
9. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
10
3
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
R
10
3

The film is a sequel to Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The two friends have gone their separate ways since they last met six years earlier. While Harold has become rich and moved out, Kumar still lives in the same messy apartment he used to share with Harold. Then a parcel arrives at Kumar’s address with Harold’s name on it. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kumar
Director:
Todd Strauss-Schulson
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Patton Oswalt, Danny Trejo, Jake Johnson, Neil Patrick Harris, Isabella Gielniak, Austin Bickel
10. Superman Returns (2006)
11
2
Superman Returns
PG-13
11
2

The final installment in the original Superman movie series finds the man of steel returning to Earth after five years. His love Lois Lane has moved on and Lex Luthor intends to reshape the world, killing billions using Kryptonian crystal technology. Superman must stop Luthor and save the world, along with Lois and his son. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bryan Singer
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
11. Man About Town (2006)
9
2
Man About Town
R
9
2

This comedy drama film tells the story of a Hollywood talent agent, whose life turns upside down when he discovers that his wife has been having an extramarital affair. Things turn even worse, after he discovers that his diary containing client sensitive information is in the possession of a journalist.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Binder
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Adam Goldberg, John Cleese, Ben Affleck, Rebecca Romijn, Sam Ball, Mike Binder
12. Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
10
3
Once Upon a Time in Venice
10
3

Steve Ford is a private detective based in Los Angeles, who lives a very care-free life. After performing a favor for a friend, he gets into conflict with a local gang and its boss named Spyder. To take revenge, they steal his dog. They inform Steve that he will have to complete a few tasks, if he wants his dog back.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Cullen
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Thriller
13. Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)
9
2
Love Don't Cost a Thing
PG-13
9
2

Love Don’t Cost a Thing is a teen comedy film which tells the story of Alvin, a nerdy boy who is extremely intelligent and is skilled at designing car engines. However, he wishes to join the popular groups at high school. He meets Paris, a pretty cheerleader, who agrees to pretend that she is dating him, in order to help him achieve his goal. Things get complicated when Paris actually begin to fall for Alvin, but Alvin rebuffs her feelings and continues to flirt with other girls.

As:
Cast
Director:
Troy Byer
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
14. Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
8
3
Malibu's Most Wanted
PG-13
8
3

Brad ‘B-rad,’ the son of wealthy politician and candidate for governor Bill Gluckman, aspires to be a rapper and behaves like he is from ‘hood.’ Worried that this will ruin his election chances, Bill arranges for two African-American actors to kidnap Brad and shock him out of his fantasies. But when Brad and the ‘thugs’ encounter real-life gangsters, Bill must rush to rescue. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Whitesell
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
15. Deck the Halls (2006)
9
2
Deck the Halls
PG
9
2

Steve Finch is an optometrist, who is looking forward to have a great Christmas with his kids. However, his new neighbor starts decorating his house so brightly that it can be seen from outer space. This makes Steve jealous and the two begin competing with each other.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
John Whitesell
Genres:
Comedy, Family
16. Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
8
2
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj
R
8
2

This comedy film revolves around Taj Badalandabad who sets off to Camford University in England, He plans to obtain his degree and also become a member of an exclusive Fraternity Club.   

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Taj
Director:
Mort Nathan
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival, Glen Barry, Anthony Cozens
18. The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
7
1
The Girl in the Photographs
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Hemmings
Director:
Nick Simon
Genres:
Horror, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Katharine Isabelle, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Claudia Lee
19. Epic Movie (2007)
4
2
Epic Movie
PG-13
4
2

In this movie, which is a parody of some of the previously released big films, four orphans with different backstory meet up at a chocolate factory. Here they accidentally enter into the fascinating world of Gnarnia which is under the malicious White Bitch. To restore peace, they must join forces with a pirate, a lion and a group of wizards.

As:
Cast
Role:
Edward
Director:
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
20. Son of the Mask (2005)
4
2
Son of the Mask
PG
4
2

A standalone sequel to the 1994 film The Mask, the story centers on Tim Avery, a cartoonist and family man. He has been leading a peaceful life until his dog finds the Mask of Loki, which he wears to a Halloween Party.  Shortly, he conceives a child, who is born with the same power of the mask. Meanwhile, Odin has ordered Loki to find the mask. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Lawrence Guterman
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
21. Express: Aisle to Glory (1998)
14
3
Express: Aisle to Glory
14
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Jonathan Buss
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Brandon Quinn, Jay Michael Ferguson, Abraham Zucker, Margo Hara
22. Freshmen (1999)
14
3
Freshmen
14
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Huang
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
ND Brown, Mary Chen, Richard Guiton, Tom Huang
23. Harold & Kumar's Yuletide Jamz (2011)
12
2
Harold & Kumar's Yuletide Jamz
12
2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cho
24. Badger (2002)
12
2
Badger
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sanjay
Director:
Rajshree Ojha
Star Cast:
Sulekha Ebelle, Kiran Rao, Ajay Vidure
25. American Made (2003)
12
2
American Made
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sharat Raju
Genres:
Drama, Family, Short, Action
Star Cast:
Bernard White, Sakina Jaffrey, Te'Amir Sweeney
26. Dementamania (2013)
11
2
Dementamania
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Christian Van Burden
Director:
Kit Ryan
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
John Thomson, Vincent Regan, Geoff Bell, Holly Weston
28. Speech & Debate (2017)
10
2
Speech & Debate
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Dan Harris
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lucy DeVito, Janeane Garofalo, Roger Bart, Wendi McLendon-Covey
29. Dancing in Twilight (2005)
10
2
Dancing in Twilight
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam
Director:
Bob Roe
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Louise Fletcher, Mimi Rogers, Erick Avari, Sheetal Sheth
30. Lowe's CEO Responds to the All-American Muslim Controversy (2011)
9
2
Lowe's CEO Responds to the All-American Muslim Controversy
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Assistant
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joel Spence
31. Sueño (2005)
8
2
Sueño
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Renée Chabria
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
John Leguizamo, Nadine Velazquez, Ana Claudia Talancón, Elizabeth Peña
32. The Ashram (2018)
8
2
The Ashram
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nitin
Director:
Ben Rekhi
Genres:
Fantasy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Radhika Apte, Sam Keeley, Hera Hilmar, Manoel Orfanaki
33. Where's the Party Yaar? (2003)
8
3
Where's the Party Yaar?
PG-13
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Benny Mathews
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Arun Bakshi, Diwakar Pathak, Sunil Malhotra, Indravadan Tridevi
34. Ball & Chain (2004)
8
2
Ball & Chain
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby
Director:
Shiraz Jafri
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Asrani, Purva Bedi, Lisa Ray, Sunil Malhotra
35. Hector (2002)
8
2
Hector
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Kendal Cunningham
Director:
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Skyler Stone, Steffen Schlachtenhaufen, Omari Bobo, Wendy Cardiel
36. Better Off Single (2016)
7
1
Better Off Single
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Brice
Director:
Benjamin Cox
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jessica Rothe, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Aaron Tveit

TV Movie(s)

1. Regarding Ardy (2003)
14
3
Regarding Ardy
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Fred
Director:
Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Andy Samberg, Brooke Shields, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
2. Awesometown (2005)
13
3
Awesometown
13
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Roxanne Arvizu
3. The Call (2007)
13
3
The Call
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ian
Director:
Michael Spiller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, John Francis Daley, Danny Comden, Mitch Baker
4. Two Sisters (2008)
12
2
Two Sisters
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Margaret Cho
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Margaret Cho, Tamlyn Tomita, Elaine Hendrix, Bruce Daniels
5. Cosmopolitan (2003)
12
2
Cosmopolitan
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nisha Ganatra
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey, Carol Kane, Roshan Seth, Purva Bedi
6. The Danny Comden Project (2006)
11
2
The Danny Comden Project
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Duncan McNeill
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Scott Caan, Danny Comden, Joy Bisco, Sharon Brathwaite
7. Prairie Dogs (2012)
10
2
Prairie Dogs
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Neil
Director:
Luke Greenfield
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Cary Elwes, Dan Fogler, Michaela Watkins, Nick Zano
8. Homeland Security (2004)
7
1
Homeland Security
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Harrison
Director:
Daniel Sackheim
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Tom Skerritt, Scott Glenn, Grant Show, Marisol Nichols
9. Brookfield (1999)
7
1
Brookfield
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Arvin Brown
Star Cast:
Amy Smart, Chad Christ, Hank Harris, Alexandra Adi

TV Shows and Videos

Vice News (2013)
Vice News
As:
Producer
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ben Anderson, Danny Gold, Tim Pool, Kaj Larsen, Roy Germano
Mack & Moxy (2015)
Mack & Moxy
As:
Cast
Genres:
Family
Star Cast:
Matt Lucas, Hank Azaria, Travis Turner, James Murray
The Big Brain Theory (2013)
The Big Brain Theory
TV-PG
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself - Host (8 episodes, 2013)
Genres:
Reality-TV
Star Cast:
Joe Caravella, Gui Cavalcanti, Amy Elliott, Cory Fleischer
Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (2008)
Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam
As:
Cast
Role:
Kumar
Director:
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
John Cho, Paula Garcés, Danneel Ackles, Marith Iedema
Clarice (2021)
Clarice
TV-14
As:
Cast
Role:
Shaan Tripathi
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
We Are Men (2013)
We Are Men
As:
Cast
Role:
Gil Bartis (7 episodes, 2013)
Director:
Adam Arkin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alan Ruck, Jerry O'Connell, Dave Foley, Gia Carides
Vegas, Baby (2006)
Vegas, Baby
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Z-Bob
Director:
Eric Bernt
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Kathy Griffin, Donald Faison, Andrew Bryniarski, Jonathan Bennett