Friday, November 4, 2011

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Written by: Jon Hurwitz and  Hayden Schlossberg

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Harold and Kumar have done it again. They have turned a moderate problem into a complete shit storm and found hilarious new situations for you to laugh at. In a film which you get everything that you would expect plus more, they also bring you a 3D movie worth seeing. This is hands down the best usage of 3D I have seen. The director really makes sure there are many different objects and bodily functions flying close to your eye balls. Lovely, I know. The script even adds a couple 3D jokes.

Gun fights, Mob Bosses, horny teens, naked nuns, drug addicted children and so much more make up this ridiculous film. Oh, and how could I forget the amazing Neil Patrick Harris or NPH for short. Like the other two Harold and Kumar flicks they are not afraid to make jokes about anything. You can go into this film expecting nothing but pure fun and the joy of knowing there will be lines crossed. 

What I find really amazing is how Kal Penn gets away with making a movie like this. He quit acting to join the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement and then resigned to make this film (and a couple episodes of How I Met your Mother) and once shooting was over he took back his post at the White House. He must be really smart to keep a job in the White House after making a movie like this one. Anyway, Kal Penn and John Cho are both funny in their Harold and Kumar way. They don’t miss a beat and pick it right back where they left off in Guantanamo Bay. Harold and Kumar are heroes to the stoner community and it is hard not to root for them. I can’t think of a more likable pair in a stoner comedy. Neil Patrick Harris though was the star of this film. Even though he only had about 10 to 15 minutes of screen time he stole the show. Once he entered the film I could not stop laughing. 

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is very much your typical Harold and Kumar film. It will follow the general rules of their universe and some of the charm was taken away since it is the third film, but it still manages to make you laugh. With a slow beginning, it quickly picks up speed and laughs keep coming. I can only hope they don’t make a fourth one.

Rating: 7/10
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