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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Posted by Editor on December 21, 2011 | No Comments

Director: Tod Stratuss-Schulson
Cast: Jhon Cho,Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Danneel Harris, Paula Garces
Written by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

The holidays are here and that means LOTS of time with family.  That includes the crazy aunts and uncles, the annoying sister or brother, pompous second cousins, crying babies, and rotten kids running all over the place.  So where does that leave you in all the madness? Wanting to escape!  There is no better place this holiday to escape and chill out than with A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.  Their extreme escapades will make you forget about yours and put you on a high (no pun intended).  From burning Christmas trees to smoking a bong with Santa, they do it all!

If you’re a cult fan of the Harold and Kumar series, then beware, there is one caution.  As humorous as the film can be, much like most feel good Christmas stories, it ends with a sappy moral.  Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have made a decent attempt of meshing the wholesome feel of Christmas with what would be expected from a ‘very’ Harold & Kumar Christmas.  The script is filled with a jambalaya of ludicrous moments.  While there’s some warmth in the equation, it’s nowhere close to a family watch.  The characters of Harold and Kumar are relatively goody-goody but Neil Patrick Harris adds good old raunchy, crude humor to balance the sweetness.
As in prior sequels, but more so in this one since his increased popularity, NPH is the ultimate highlight, he makes the movie!  The controversy between his real life vs. reel life is cleverly incorporated in the script.  Giving him stiff competition is the new addition to the bunch, Harold’s neighbor’s child, Baby Ava.  She’s an absolutely adorable addition and hats off to director Todd Strauss-Schulson for being able to extract the perfect expressions. You’ll have to see the movie to know how they Harold & Kumar-ize (or traumatize) the baby in the movie, but let’s just say it’s a riot to watch a baby dance to trance music.  If it weren’t for these two characters the movie may not have been able to hold its own.  There’s nothing special about the performances of Harold, John Cho, and Kumar, Kal Penn.  They perform with casual ease, the only difference being that their characters are growing up (as is their audience) and transitioning in to another phase of their life – a relatively boring one.  But then again if anyone can make growing up fun, it’s Harold & Kumar!  With a bong flying in 3D towards audiences to claymation, the silly antics of authentic Harold & Kumar are maintained. Even if you haven’t seen the other sequels, it doesn’t detract from what the film delivers – mad humor with some extreme shock value.  All smoked, I mean said, and done, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas fares out to a watchable, carefree, fare with 3 stars.
Ritu Mahindru

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