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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

A 2011 movie directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.

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A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

  • Nov 4, 2011
To really enjoy A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas might I suggest one of two things. Go in feeling the Christmas spirit or go in extremely high. While not necessarily requirements to enjoy the movie it will no doubt make the experience a better one. The franchise that started at White Castle has grown up and has lost a step or two. Harold and Kumar return to their drug induced states for their Christmas movie and you just might want to do the same.

It’s not that the movie isn't funny, it's just not all that hilarious but I believe that may be because I didn't see this 3D movie, the way it was intended to be seen, high. I saw it in 3D and there are all kinds of things flying at you from smoke to show to confetti to cocaine. At one point they may actually throw a kitchen sink at the audience. While they acknowledge that the whole 3D thing has "jumped the shark" it doesn't stop them from doing it, which may actually be worse. But there are also bright lights and clay-mation at work which would leave any stoned mind enchanted. Plus all the bright lights may keep you distracted from the writing.

The creative team behind the movie look to offend every minority out there, but my objection isn't the ethnic bashing it’s the lack of laughs. Once again this may all depend on your state of mind, you may be laughing out loud throughout the whole movie, or only chuckling a few times. Most of these laughs are in the first half of the movie, and if you are anything like me you may look at the clock and be unable to believe the movie was 90 minutes when it felt like two hours.

The success of the movie though is entirely in the hands of aging stoners Harold and Kumar played by John Cho and Kal Penn respectively. The plot of the movie revolves around Harold growing up and becoming a member of Wall Street while Kumar has stayed stagnant and remains baked in his bachelor pad. They have drifted apart since escaping from Guantanamo Bay but a mysterious package has brought them together. This plot seems fitting as these two actors seem to have outgrown the roles that launched them to stardom. Both have moved onto more serious work and now seem a step behind if not a little pathetic being in their mid thirties and still acting like this. The actors still have their charm though and have much more convincing delivery than the first movie but they still just seem out of place and the roles just don't come as easily as they did seven years ago.

Brief encounters take place by all sorts of co-stars and may be the best parts of the movie. Patton Oswald plays Santa, Danny Trejo plays Harold's father in law, Eddie Kaye Thomas and David Krumholtz return as their stoner buddies and of course NPH rises from the dead to play Neil Patrick Harris which helped to re-start his career. All these roles add to the movie and they are in and out just in time for each actor to grab a couple laughs.

The movie is funny; the actors are good there just isn’t anything spectacular or innovative about the third movie in the series. There is plenty of spirit to the movie along with nods to holiday movies of the past, which is why those who love the season may love this movie as well. But bear in mind lovers of eggnog, there are also a bunch of penis shots as well. While I can’t prove that they were injecting marijuana smoke into the theater I do know I bought an entire pizza afterwards. C

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November 05, 2011
Yeah, I have no interest in seeing this. I agree that the only way to enjoy this would be to be high on something lol or the biggest 3D fanatic EVER!
November 05, 2011
I guess there is one-Devora.
November 04, 2011
I can't believe there's another Harold and Kumar movie :P
November 04, 2011
I kinda expected this...the first two movies were....I dunno how to describe it but the first movie did make me laugh at certain points. The second one was more of the same, but tried to be more...raunchy? I dunno....I think I may still see this one on bluray. Thanks for the informative review!
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review by . August 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
After the hilarious first entry in this series, these films have gotten progressively worse.  In this one Harold is now married to Maria and has lost touch with Kumar.  He seems to be overly afraid of his new father-in-law and the rest of Maria's family (this seemed to be copied from Fools Rush In, another film that uses the stereotype that Latin people have big families and they are dangerous).  His father-in-law has grown his own Christmas tree which he uses to replace Harold's …
review by . November 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Has it come to this? A 3D stoner comedy? A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas spends almost all of its eighty-nine minutes shoving this process down our throats, as if we didn’t already know it was nothing more than a gimmick concocted by fad-frenzied filmmakers. In the course of this movie, we will have to watch as eggs, a ping pong ball, human fists, a claymation penis, a cane that shoots confetti, a winking baby Jesus manger doll, broken …
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