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Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Nov. 4, 2011by: JimmyO
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PLOT: Lifelong buddies Harold and Kumar have grown apart after six years of new friends, family and changed lifestyle. However, when Kumar shows up delivering a mysterious package to Harold, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s Father-in-law’s beloved tree. The two soon find themselves on a mission to get another perfect tree. They manage to attract gun-fights, drug addicted children and a really nasty couple of thugs. Will the two friends mend the past and bring home a perfect Christmas tree in time for the holiday celebration? Who knows, maybe they’ll get a little help from St. Nick.

REVIEW: A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS is exactly what you’d expect it to be. Much like their exploits while traveling to WHITE CASTLE or even dealing with a “meat sandwich” at GUANTANAMO BAY, somehow their friendship always survives. With horny mob boss daughters, cocaine addicted toddlers and once again, a scene stealing Neil Patrick Harris, Harold and Kumar feel just like old friends that you haven’t sent a Facebook message in a long time. Most importantly, you haven’t shared a joint, or even participated in a little calamity with your dear old buds. But this is Christmas and thankfully, this 3D extravaganza makes up for lost time.

At the start of their first holiday adventure together, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have lost contact for six years. While Kumar is still getting high on a regular basis, his long time pal Harold is trying to start a family with his lovely wife Maria (Paula Garcés). And thanks to a beyond overbearing dad-in-law (Danny Trejo), Harold has to make sure that Christmas is perfect for Maria, perfect for their Christmas tree… and perfect for her numerous stereotypical relatives. This is the reason that he has chosen to leave Kumar’s friendship behind, his new life most assuredly seems much better than his old one. Or does it?

The joy of a Harold and Kumar flick is the sheer sense of fun and unabashedly brazen balls it carries in regards to what is okay to make fun of. From the obvious standpoint of racial stereotypes, the filmmakers manage to poke a little fun out of someone’s dick being frozen to a pole or a killer waffle making toy that spouts anti-pancake rage, very little is sacred. It is especially heart-warming to hear an innocent child claim that they have “the munchies” after they get high on weed. If any of this sounds offensive and/or disgusting to you, my advice is just don’t go. There are enough people out there that will truly enjoy the twisted humor on display throughout.

Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz (now directing the upcoming AMERICAN REUNION) return with a script that not only plays right alongside with the first two films, it also takes aim at 3D itself. And yes, for a movie shot in 3D, you would think that they really hated the idea – and that makes it work. Throughout a couple of ironic anti-3D moments, the inspired use of the technology - mixed with CG - really put this creative tool to work. You have all sorts of phallic symbols poking out at you. You have eggs, phallic symbols, and even a dude breaking the fourth wall. Why? Because it is Harold and Kumar, and it is in 3D. They want you to get caught up in the ridiculous of it.

Harold and Kumar revel in gross out humor and depraved shtick that will offend a good number of today’s audiences. Yet it does so by continuing to follow Cho and Penn and offering up two of the most likable leads in a stoner comedy ever. And while the third time out a little of the story may have lost some of its charm, it’s hard not to root for these fellas. And most importantly, Mr. Neil Patrick Harris steals each and every scene he’s in. However, he is a bit underused as always. Thankfully we have a number of other great cameos including the enormously talented Richard Riehle, David Kromholtz and Eddie Kaye Thomas and more that add to this holiday cheer.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson directs A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS as a lively and rambunctious return to these wonderfully wacky stoners. For the third time around, Harold and Kumar are still hard to resist. It may be difficult to keep these characters fresh for another outing, yet you never know, I’m sure there is some wacky adventure that is just waiting to happen.

Source: JoBlo.com

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4:00AM on 11/07/2011
Best line I've heard all year, from NPH at the end of his scene. "See you in the fourth one." PLEASE let that be true!!!
Best line I've heard all year, from NPH at the end of his scene. "See you in the fourth one." PLEASE let that be true!!!
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9:26PM on 11/06/2011

Loved it!

"Pancakes are fucking [link]
"Pancakes are fucking [link]
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6:06PM on 11/06/2011
great review and i liked it a lot too
great review and i liked it a lot too
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8:45PM on 11/04/2011

Loved it.

My new favorite Christmas movie replacing the long standing Christmas Vacation.
Actually, now that I think of it, the Harold and Kumar franchise kind of loosely mirrors the vacation franchise. The first a road trip, the second ends up in Europe (yeah, kind of a stretch) and the third deals with the holidays and family.
My new favorite Christmas movie replacing the long standing Christmas Vacation.
Actually, now that I think of it, the Harold and Kumar franchise kind of loosely mirrors the vacation franchise. The first a road trip, the second ends up in Europe (yeah, kind of a stretch) and the third deals with the holidays and family.
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9:13PM on 11/04/2011
*mind blown*
*mind blown*
6:59PM on 11/04/2011

Nothing is off limits...

... and by nothing I mean NOTHING. The forth wall breaking was insane especially the brief very NPH scenes, the 3D actually worked giving depth to everything... junk included, teens doing blow, x, schtuping, references to priest molestations and growing up.
For a wacky, wacky movie with lots of weed smoke in 3D this movie takes no prisoners even of their leads. I think I laughed more at this than really any movie this year, and that including Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids. See it and
... and by nothing I mean NOTHING. The forth wall breaking was insane especially the brief very NPH scenes, the 3D actually worked giving depth to everything... junk included, teens doing blow, x, schtuping, references to priest molestations and growing up.
For a wacky, wacky movie with lots of weed smoke in 3D this movie takes no prisoners even of their leads. I think I laughed more at this than really any movie this year, and that including Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids. See it and preferably stoned with an assortment of munchies available.
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6:21PM on 11/04/2011
Wafflebot!

Also, Paula Garces in 3D. DAMN.
Wafflebot!

Also, Paula Garces in 3D. DAMN.
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2:56PM on 11/04/2011

Gotta love em'

Very few movie series can pull off being spacing out their movies correctly. A lot of franchises try to bring out sequels the year after their last movie, especially in comedies, and thinks it'll work. HK movies have been spaced out very nicely and everyone benefits from it. Keep em' coming, so long as the next one isn't for a couple of years.
Very few movie series can pull off being spacing out their movies correctly. A lot of franchises try to bring out sequels the year after their last movie, especially in comedies, and thinks it'll work. HK movies have been spaced out very nicely and everyone benefits from it. Keep em' coming, so long as the next one isn't for a couple of years.
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12:16PM on 11/04/2011

pleasantly surprised

cannot wait to watch this... hope they finish the series with this one though
cannot wait to watch this... hope they finish the series with this one though
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