A Very Harold & Kumar Sometimes 3D Christmas
Before I start, I would like to make two things known. First, I loved “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle”. Second, I hated “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay”. So needless to say, I had mixed feelings about “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas”. Part of me had no interest in being sucked back into disappointment after the second movie, but the previews looked like it could be genuinely funny. Well, I am pleased to say that the third entry in the Harold and Kumar series is quite entertaining. While it soars far and above Guantanamo Bay, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of White Castle.
The movie takes place six years after the events of the first two movies and Harold and Kumar have become estranged, probably because they were both too disturbed by that terrible excuse for a Bush, Jr. impersonator that was in the last movie. But when Kumar (Kal Penn) shows up at Harold’s (John Cho) new house to deliver a package for him that was accidentally sent to the old apartment, a chain of events is set into motion that leads the two one time friends on a quest to find a new Christmas tree. Along the way they find themselves dodging the Russian mob, dealing with the hallucinations caused by drugs they were slipped by bratty teenagers, and once again coming face to face with Neil Patrick Harris (Neil Patrick Harris).
The cast is relatively strong. Cho and Penn both fall back into their roles with general ease. Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal comedic portrayal of himself continues to be a joy. Thomas Lennon’s performance as Harold’s new “white bread” friend is quite amusing. The 3D is somewhat of a let down as it becomes apparent that not the whole movie is actually in 3D, just some scenes are. The script does hit some slow spots, and obviously the type of humor isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a good holiday movie that isn’t just aimed at younger audiences, while it isn’t “The Ref”, you can do a lot worse than “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas”.
Final Rating: B