A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Harold (John Cho) is married now.  He has given up smoking pot.  He also has a father in law (Danny Trejo) who absolutely hates him.  He is happy with his new life.

His friend, Kumar (Kal Penn), isn’t doing quite as well.  He still spends a good portion of his time smoking weed.  His girlfriend has left him because he’s so irresponsible.  She only comes back to tell him she’s pregnant.  He laughs.  A Christmas Story is playing behind her and it’s the scene where the kid’s tongue gets stuck to the flagpole.

A mysterious package arrives at Kumar’s apartment addressed to Harold, who hasn’t spoken to Kumar in a couple of years.  Kumar and his new friend, Adrian (Amir Blumenfeld), take the package to Harold.

The huge joint in the package sets Harold’s father in law’s home-grown Christmas tree on fire, ruining Christmas.  Possibly Harold’s life, if his father in law finds out.  Harold tells Kumar to leave and begins his quest, with his new friend, Todd (Thomas Lennon), to find a new tree and have it decorated before the family gets home from midnight mass.  Little does he know, Kumar decides to clean up his mess, stealing the one 12 foot Frasier fir in the state of New York Todd has reserved.

What follows is a misadventure involving a stoned baby, a high stakes game of beer pong, Neil Patrick Harris, a notorious mobster, a dyonisian party, a coked up baby, murderous henchmen, and Santa.

Jon Hurwitz does it again.  In the ilk of the previous Harold & Kumars, he has produced a sophomoric, vulgar comedy.  And it doesn’t disappoint on any level.  This third installment (with a hint at a fourth) is comparable to the first, and definitely outshines the second.

Of course, the power trio of Kal, John, and NPH are back and magical as ever.  The comedy is extremely well done.  The chemistry of this group is amazing as we follow them along the same problem-ridden quests in which they constantly find themselves.

The 3D aspect.  It’s pandering.  It’s gratuitous.  It’s everything everyone is looking for when they hear about all the 3D films coming out.  It’s everything I’ve spoken out against when it comes to 3D.  And it is exactly what this film needs.  It is a perfect marriage of what is possible and what people want.  Objects and substances of every imaginable type come flying at you from the screen.  And, being an H&K film, a good deal of it is something you don’t want coming at you in 3D.

Of course, there’s the obligatory vulgar language, nudity, and drug use.  It wouldn’t be H&K without it.  It would be like peanut butter without jelly.  Mashed potatoes without gravy.  Anything without NPH.  If you don’t like peanut butter and jelly, you definitely won’t like this film.

I laughed almost the entire movie.  What can I say, I like vulgar movies.  (Even more so when they’re free.  Thanks Owen’s Movies.)

If you’re going to see this movie, which I recommend you do, you have to see it in the theater.  And you have to see it in 3D.  (It’s in the title!)  If you rent it, unless you’ve invested in a Samsung Aquos 52″ 3D television, you’re missing the whole point of the movie and it will look ridiculous.

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