Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: Movie Review

 

Harold and Kumar make decorating a Christmas tree a wild and dangerous adventure.

I think part of the reason the first movie worked so well is because going to White Castle is, relatively, a very simple, ordinary trip. But when it’s Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) it becomes a very wild adventure. I didn’t enjoy the second one as much because escaping from Guantanamo Bay wouldn’t be an easy task for anybody. For this third movie, Harold and Kumar are back to turn a routine errand into a hazardous experience. Harold has to decorate a Christmas tree.2011

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Screenplay by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris

But when Kumar comes over and accidentally burns down the tree, they then have to find a new one, steal it from a drug-lord gangster thug, try to not rape his daughter, crash a musical production of The Nutcracker, and limit the number of people they shoot and drug (to only Santa Claus and a baby).

The 3D is of course a gimmick. They know that; we know that. It involves joints coming out of the screen and eggs, blood, and guts. It is as juvenile and pointless as you can get. But that is the point.

The jokes are of course offensive. But, again, that’s the point. It makes it okay when the out-and-proud Neil Patrick Harris makes gay jokes, or when Cho and Penn make racial jokes.

I enjoyed the journey that they take in “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”. Every time the baby found a new drug to imbibe, or Kumar smoked another joint, I laughed. It’s the type of humour that has made the franchise so successful.