A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
America’s favorite stoners are back with a third film, in a Christmas special no less. Now I may not condone all the crass, vulgar and illegal acts that take place in the HAROLD & KUMAR world but I admit they consistently have me laughing on a regular basis. A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS is stupid, silly, raunchy fun that will surely entertain its target audience.
The film takes place about six years after HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE GUANTANOMO BAY, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are no longer close friends. In fact, they haven’t spoken to each other in years. Kumar is still up to his irresponsible pot-smoking ways, getting high with a more obnoxious younger friend (Amir Blumenfeld) and finding out recently ex-girlfriend (Danneel Harris) is pregnant. Harold has chosen the straight and narrow path. As a successful businessman, he has married his elevator girl (Paula Garcés) from HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, lives in a beautiful home, has a goofy suburban family man as a friend (Thomas Lennon) and has quit smoking marijuana. But when a mysterious package for Harold shows up at Kumar’s doorstep, the two estranged pot pals are reunited. As usual things go wrong and during Kumar’s visit, Harold’s Christmas tree homegrown by his intimidating father-in-law (Danny Trejo) is burnt to the floor. The dynamic duo go on a hijinks filled adventure through the city in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
I can’t compliment the performances and chemistry of Cho and Penn enough. They have excellent comedic timing and natural instincts that make their performance funny and believable. The rest of the supporting cast, many of which return from the previous films, are great as well. But what Harold and Kumar film would be complete without its scene-stealing star Neil Patrick Harris who not only pokes fun at his success but also his “so-called” homosexuality with his life partner David Burtka.
I am not a fan of all the 3D craze but next to AVATAR this film is the best I’ve seen. A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS brilliantly plays up every 3D trick in the book. Deliberately poking fun simultaneously at itself and the medium. Eggs are thrown at your head, snow and cocaine feel as if they are falling all around and you can practically inhale the smoke. Every opportunity to use 3D is exploited in their journey that takes our heroes facing teenagers, mobsters, Santa Claus and a Wafflebot, while performing a musical production and even a hilarious short claymation trip facing giant snow monsters and cute forest creatures. And as a special warning, you may not be able watch the tongue stuck to the frozen pole scene in A CHRISTMAS STORY the same way.
One’s enjoyment degree is predicated on the fact that this film is seen in 3D. It’s in the title. So make sure you see it that way. I also recommend the viewing is with a group of friends and not family. This is not for children and not something I would sit next to my parents watching. The humor is extremely silly yet clever but it’s also important that you as an individual are not easily offended by drug using babies, religious blasphemy, unnecessary nudity and a fully loaded artillery of profanity. Now to you small group of people who are left, this might possibly be the funniest film of the year.