The wife and I got to see an early screening of A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D last night. A couple of things I can say first off, check your brain at the door (or alter your thinking with the substance of your choice), and be prepared for some mindless, raunchy fun!
When I heard that Kal Penn was ‘retiring’ from his White House job a while back in order to get back into acting, and that there were plans for a new Harold and Kumar movie, I was pretty stoked. The first two movies in the series make me giggle everytime they come on TV, so I figured this was a good thing. When I heard that the next installment was going to be a Christmas movie, and also in 3D, I was a little worried. For anyone who had similar reactions, I can tell you that you needn’t be worried. This movie is a lot of fun!
The movie starts off showing how Harold (Jon Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have lost touch since the last film, and how their lives and ‘best friends’ (Amir Blumenfeld and Thomas Lennon) have changed. Kumar is still an affable pothead slacker, living in the same apartment he and Harold shared, but separated from his girlfriend Vanessa (Daneel Harris) from the second film. Kumar cuts in line to sit on a mall Santa’s (Patton Oswalt) lap to the dismay of kids in line, and delivers the first truly raunchy line of the film. Harold’s life has turned out much different. He is now a Wall Street hot shot, dodging egg throwing protesters, and living in the suburbs with wife Maria (Paula Garces). Harold is worried about making a good impression on Maria’s father (Danny Trejo) at Christmas in order to fianlly win his approval. Through a twist of fate, a package delivered to Kumar’s apartment for Harold, the two are awkwardly reunited, and the misadventures begin. The pair are faced with trying to find a perfect Christmas tree to impress Harold’s father-in-law while dealing with virgin daughters of Russian mobsters, smart-assed teenagers, accidentally coked out children, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer style claymation, the ‘gotta-have-it’ Christmas toy WaffleBot, and an NPH 3D Christmas Spectacular. SPOILER ALERT – That’s right, Neil Patrick Harris lives, in a hilariously nasty parody of himself. As the movie progresses, the guys realize that their friendship, though strained, means more to them than the petty things keeping them apart. And the 3D was actually done pretty well.
All in all, this is a very raunchy, funny movie that will appeal most to those that enjoyed the first two films in the series. Anyone looking for a serious movie, obviously stumbled into the wrong theater.
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
Starring: Kal Penn, Jon Cho
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
New Line Cinema – 2011