Movie Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas


Finally, a 3-D movie I can love because it excoriates the supposed charms of those unwatchable 3-D movies. In "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," the third, raucous installment in the H&K franchise, you will find yourself getting high on 3-D pot smoke wafting out over the audience and, be careful, you don't want to get poked in the eye by a certain body part you will find coming at ya.

As our New Age Cheech and Chong, the very talented and likable Kal Penn (Kumar) and John Cho (Harold) are back after their stay in Gitmo in the second film "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008). Kumar has dropped out of med school and is still a hard-core stoner, buying weed on Christmas Eve from a shopping mall bad Santa (Patton Oswalt) in opening scenes and lighting up continuously until it is all gone.

But Harold has landed a high-paying job on Wall Street, where he is almost egged by furious Occupy Wall Street protesters. He lives in a nice suburban home festooned with Christmas decorations inside and out, and he and his beautiful wife Maria (Paula Garces) are trying to have a baby. Kumar, meanwhile, finds out that his ex, Vanessa (Danneel Harris), is three months pregnant with his child and tries to deliver a package addressed to Harold, whom he has not seen in a while.

Together, the old buddies go on a new adventure, this time in search of a Christmas tree. Neil Patrick Harris is also back as Neil Patrick Harris -- still hilarious and stealing scenes, singing and dancing on Broadway, and only pretending to be gay to get even more guy-on-girl action.

Let's face it: These raunchy, ridiculously lewd "Harold & Kumar" stoner films, which began with "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004) were "The Hangover" (2009) before "The Hangover," and in this installment the filmmakers make the point by including a cute baby girl (Ashley Coss, Chloe Coss and Hannah Coss) that gets inadvertently dosed with a variety of drugs, much to the tyke's delight.

The plot will further involve a "Wafflebot," a talking robot that makes waffles, the beating of an archbishop, a scene shot in stoner heaven, a flying baby Jesus statue, Wu-Tang Clan lyrics, a homicidal Ukrainian gangster (Elias Koteas) and Christmas carols sung by Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Johnny Mathis. Danny Trejo ("Machete") shows off some comic chops as Harold's tat-covered Latino father-in-law. As usual, one scene in which our heroes are really stoned is shot in Claymation and features a rampaging Snowman-zilla. Since the three films have had different directors, we can assume the stylistic continuity has been pro-vided by the cast, Tom Lennon and Amir Blumenfeld included this time, and by the original writers and former Wharton School roommates Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz.

"H&K Xmas in 3-D?" Fire this joint up.

("A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" contains drug use, nudity, profanity and lewd language.)

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