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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 4 November 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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  • IMDb page: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 17,987 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 4 November 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Budget: $19,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $35,033,759(USA)(8 January 2012)
  • Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
  • Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris
  • Original Music By: William Ross   
  • Soundtrack: Michigan and Vermont
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Christmas | Christmas Tree | Stoner | New York City | Raised Middle Finger

Writing Credits By:

  • Jon Hurwitz (written by) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (written by)
  • Jon Hurwitz (characters) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (characters)

Known Trivia

  • According to Kal Penn, many of the filming crew members worked in Detroit’s automobile industry.
  • One of the lies Adrian tells to the virgin is that Kumar works at the White House. Kal Penn, who plays Kumar, actually works at the White House and took time off from that job to make this movie.
  • Todd calls Harold “Sulu” at one point. John Cho, who plays Harold, also played Sulu in the 2009 version of Star Trek.
  • David Burtka, who plays “David Burtka” is Neil Patrick Harris’s fiancĂ© in their real lives. In the same way that the character that Neil Patrick Harris plays is distinguished in the credits from being himself, Burtka is credited as “David Burtka” instead of “himself.”
  • Over 400 special effects were used, mostly 3D and CG effects.
  • Todd Strauss-Schulson said shooting scenes with the Wafflebot prop was the most difficult and time-consuming.
  • Thomas Lennon and Amir Blumenfeld ad-libbed most of their lines.
  • It was Todd Strauss-Schulson suggested casting Danny Trejo after making a Photoshop picture of him wearing a Christmas sweater.
  • Todd Strauss-Schulson and Amir Blumenfeld worked together in CollegeHumor’s short “Die Hardly Working: The CH Action Movie”. Strauss-Schulson directed the short and Blumenfeld was one of the editorial staff playing fictional versions of themselves.
  • The Wafflebot is based on a waffle-making robot character from an unreleased college comedy screenplay Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote in 2000.

Goofs: Continuity: Santa Claus has left his bloodied hat near Harold's fireplace when delivering his tree. However, in the final scene of Santa Claus (and the movie), he can be seen wearing the hat.

Plot: Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree. Full summary »  »

Story: Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.Written by Mandate Pictures  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Richard Brener known as executive producer
  • Nicole Brown known as executive producer
  • Samuel J. Brown known as executive producer
  • Michael Disco known as executive producer
  • Jon Hurwitz known as co-producer
  • Nathan Kahane known as executive producer
  • Kelli Konop known as co-producer
  • Jonathan McCoy known as co-producer
  • Hayden Schlossberg known as co-producer
  • Greg Shapiro known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Patton Oswalt known as Mall Santa
  • Isabella Gielniak known as Caren
  • Kal Penn known as Kumar
  • Austin Bickel known as Kid in Line
  • Inga R. Wilson known as Mom in Line (as Inga Wilson)
  • John Cho known as Harold
  • Bobby Lee known as Kenneth Park
  • Thomas Lennon known as Todd (as Tom Lennon)
  • Amir Blumenfeld known as Adrian
  • Paula Garcés known as Maria
  • Danny Trejo known as Mr. Perez
  • Marvin Cruz known as Timo Perez
  • Allyson Lengers known as Wafflebot Kid
  • Eric Kissack known as Wafflebot (voice)
  • Danneel Ackles known as Vanessa (as Danneel Harris)
  • Shirley Benyas known as Nana Perez
  • Esteban Cruz known as Pepe Perez
  • Ashley Coss known as Ava
  • Chloe Coss known as Ava
  • Hannah Coss known as Ava
  • RZA known as Lamar
  • Da'Vone McDonald known as Latrell
  • Jordan Hinson known as Mary
  • Tyler Nelson known as Teen
  • Tom Kruszewski known as Teen
  • Steven Clark known as Teen (as Steven A. Clark)
  • Bennett Saltzman known as Boris
  • Hilary Anderson known as Hot Teenage Girl
  • Elias Koteas known as Sergei Katsov
  • Yasen Peyankov known as Yuri
  • John Hoogenakker known as Gustav
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas known as Rosenberg
  • David Krumholtz known as Goldstein
  • Tristan Canning known as Noah
  • David Rife known as White Castle Employee
  • Dave Davies known as Church Security Guard
  • Gabriella Dilone known as Inez Perez
  • Dana DeLorenzo known as Becca the P.A.
  • Neil Patrick Harris known as Himself
  • Brett Gelman known as T.V. Director
  • Melissa Ordway known as Gracie
  • Dan Levy known as Reporter
  • David Burtka known as Himself
  • Ripper Brown known as St. Peter
  • Evan Mann known as Heaven's Bartender
  • Gareth Reynolds known as Heaven's Bartender
  • Jake M. Johnson known as Jesus (as Jake Johnson)
  • Cassie Keller known as Topless Angel
  • Chernise Yvette known as Topless Angel (as Chernise Yvette Taylor)
  • Richard Riehle known as Santa Claus
  • Arnold Agee known as House Party Teen (uncredited)
  • Jodi Gabrielle Beals known as Protestor (uncredited)
  • April Canning known as Rosenberg's Wife (uncredited)
  • Alex Diaz known as Wafflebot (uncredited)
  • Sabrina Dungan known as Dancing Chick at Party (uncredited)
  • Jeff Edwards known as Wafflebot (uncredited)
  • Krystal Katz known as Kissing Party Lesbian #1 (uncredited)
  • Kelly Kirstein known as Partygoer (uncredited)
  • Kandis Mak known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Danielle McKee known as Melanie (uncredited)
  • Ralph H. Meyer known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Marcus Natividad known as Tattooed Gangster (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Osborne known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Jessica Provencher known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Melody Teodoro-Kurtis known as Perez Family Member (uncredited)
  • Banzai Vitale known as Angry Protester (uncredited)
  • David Wogh known as Wafflebot (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kymber Blake known as third makeup artist
  • Catherine Childers known as key hair stylist
  • Clifton Chippewa known as additional hair
  • Elizabeth Cortez known as additional hairstylist
  • Elisabeth Fry known as makeup department head
  • Dawn Mattocks known as assistant makeup artist
  • Dawn Mattocks known as hair stylist
  • Gregory Nicotero known as key special makeup effects supervisor
  • Richard Redlefsen known as key makeup artist
  • Katherine Rees known as hair department head
  • Jon Shroyer known as special makeup effects artist

Art Department:

  • Jason Baker known as prop maker
  • Robert Barry known as prop maker
  • Rory Blanchard known as set dresser
  • Jeff Bowers known as set dresser
  • David Boyd known as storyboard artist
  • Charles W. Brandt known as additional on-set dresser
  • Felecia Hatcher Brown known as greensperson
  • Matthew Butler known as key greensman
  • Michele Campbell known as art department coordinator
  • Steve Catherman known as prop maker
  • Alec Chambers known as on-set dresser
  • Curtis Crowe known as construction coordinator
  • Pete Dancy known as assistant property master: New York unit
  • Erick Donaldson known as draftsman
  • Dan Duran known as set dresser
  • Jason C. Endres known as set dresser (as Jason Endres)
  • Franco Esile known as leadman
  • Kim A. Fay known as scenic painter
  • Mary Gillespie known as concept artist and matte painter
  • Amy Graham known as set dresser
  • Kemper Harris known as on-set dresser
  • Jennifer Haybach known as set decoration shopper
  • Jason Helton known as painter
  • Jerome Joyce known as set dresser
  • Casey Kaufman known as set decoration buyer
  • Greg Kesselring known as set dresser
  • Chelsey Knapp known as set decorating assistant
  • Chelsey Knapp known as set decorating intern
  • Kate J. Kogelman known as lead scenic
  • Charles T. Kovalik known as props assistant
  • Travis LaGuire-Quinn known as set dresser
  • Richard Lattuca known as set dresser
  • Greg Lester known as set dresser
  • Sedrick Livingston known as prop maker gang boss
  • Amie McCarthy known as property master
  • Jordan Kenneth Messing known as props assistant: reshoots
  • Gina Monastiere known as art department production assistant
  • Justin Mutschler known as gang boss
  • Justin Mutschler known as leadman: re-shoots
  • Aferdita Redmond known as painter
  • Brittin Richter known as on-set dresser
  • Sharon Roggio known as assistant property master
  • Kathryn Ruff known as set decoration intern
  • Victoria Ruskin known as additional art director
  • Abe Sanders known as prop maker (as Abe Sanders)
  • Nikki Sass known as set dresser
  • Mark Sejnowski known as set dresser
  • Jil Szewski known as set decoration coordinator
  • Dave Tell known as graphic designer
  • Kim Thrasher known as props
  • John Valkevich known as set decoration intern
  • Kevin Vanderhoff known as set dresser
  • Jameson Williams known as property master: Los Angeles
  • Jeff Wolka known as set decoration intern

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Kingsgate Films
  • Mandate Pictures
  • New Line Cinema

Other Companies:

  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded at (uncredited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chicago Audio Works  production sound services
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • Grace & Wild Studios Inc.  avids and technical support
  • HOUSE Special  animation production
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Mid America Cine Support  camera dollies
  • Mid America Cine Support  grip and lighting equipment
  • Movie Movers  office trailer
  • Pictorvision  Eclipse aerial camera system
  • Picture Mill, The  additional design sequences
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end titles
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Varèse Sarabande  score album
  • WaterTower Music  soundtrack album on
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services

Distributors:

  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • HOUSE Special (stop motion animation)
  • Ingenuity Engine (visual effects)
  • Behold 3D
  • Furious FX (visual effects and animation)
  • Tyrrell FX & Rentals

Visual Effects by:

  • Erika Abrams known as visual effects producer
  • Brian Barnes known as production coordinator: titles
  • Kris Cabrera known as digital artist
  • Erin M. Cullen known as roto artist
  • John Daro known as digital stereoscopic artist
  • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
  • Geoff DuQuette known as digital compositor
  • Ray Hannisian known as additional stereographer
  • Macklenan Hasham known as matte painter
  • Matthew Frederick Johnson known as visual effects assistant data wrangler
  • Ben Kilgore known as character supervisor: Furious FX
  • David Lebensfeld known as visual effects supervisor: Ingenuity Engine
  • Michael Lebensfeld known as visual effects coordinator: Ingenuity Engine
  • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
  • John Martini known as lead CG artist: Ingenuity Engine
  • Landon Medeiros known as compositor: Furious FX
  • Grant Miller known as visual effects supervisor: Ingenuity Engine
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • Grant Okita known as main title designer
  • Matthew Poliquin known as visual effects producer: Ingenuity Engine
  • Shawn Schminke known as vfx editor: Ingenuity Engine
  • Bryan Shepperd known as cg artist: Furious FX
  • Mark Shoaf known as cg supervisor: Furious FX
  • Nicholas Sorenson known as lead stereo compositor: Ingenuity Engine
  • Joseph A. Spano III known as digital compositor
  • Paul Taylor known as supervising stereographer

Release Date:

  • Canada 4 November 2011
  • USA 4 November 2011
  • New Zealand 24 November 2011
  • Hong Kong 1 December 2011
  • Ireland 9 December 2011
  • UK 9 December 2011
  • Lebanon 12 January 2012

MPAA: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I don't know why, but I seriously can't help but laugh at the Haroldand Kumar movies. They're so over the top and silly that you can't helpbut laugh. The first adventure we went on with them, they just had themunchies and needed some White Castle. The second adventure was to getthe loves of their lives back and end up going to Guantanamo Bay. Now,we get to celebrate the joyful holiday of Christmas with them. I admitthat when I saw the trailer for this one, it didn't make me laugh toomuch. I wasn't sure if this was going to have the same kick as theprevious films had, but A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas not onlydelivered in the laughs but was actually a very good movie that in it'sown crude way was a touching story about how friends can grow apart butreunite by the weirdest situations.

    Harold is now a successful businessman who works at a popular companywhile Kumar is still living the life of a stoner handling a bad breakup with Vanessa. At Maria's Christmas party, Harold meets Maria'sfather. He explains to Harold that he never had a perfect Christmas andhe is counting on Harold to make this one the best for his daughter,Harold's wife Maria. Maria's father also brings to Harold's house theperfect Christmas tree. When a package addressed to Harold arrives atKumar's apartment, he decides to deliver it to Harold. The packageturns out to be a large marijuana joint that Kumar cannot resistsmoking. Since Harold has gotten married and does not get high anymore,he knocks the lit joint out of Kumar's hands and it lands in the treeand causing a fire. So now Harold and Kumar are on a new adventure toget the tree back before the family returns.

    I know that the situations were out of control. We have some dark jokeswith a child taking every extreme drug known to man, we have NeilPatrick Harris on the verge of raping a woman. I know I should havebeen disturbed technically, but why not just have a good time andremind yourself that this is just a movie? I thought Neil PatrickHarris was just too funny as usual when the boys ask him where he'sbeen and that he got shot and branded a hooker, he replies with "canyou be more specific?", I almost died laughing. I loved the creepywaffle making robot that Kumar had, how it actually loved Kumar andsaved his life. But the moment that really got to me was seeing the kidwho was on every crazy drug running around on the ceiling, it was soout there that I just had to laugh.

    Like I said, there are some very extreme jokes that a lot of peoplewill take offense too easily. There is a moment where Neil PatrickHarris is talking about Heaven and I know that if you have strongreligious beliefs, you're not going to like that scene. Though I don'know why then you are seeing a Harold and Kumar movie since they're notlisted in the tactful department. But what I really liked about thisstory is that it showed their softer side, Harold is growing up andKumar wants to stay the same as a stoner who is just cruising throughlife, we all have friends like that and it's hard to keep in touch whenyou're on different paths. I loved seeing them remember what'simportant, that it's OK to let go a little bit or that it's OK to growup. I would recommend this for the fans, it's a great follow up to ourfavorite stoners. If you're looking for a good laugh, I think you're infor a treat, Harold and Kumar do not disappoint.

    8/10

  2. fbcnova from Arlington Virginia
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    If you liked the first two Harold & Kumar movies then you will likelylike this one. If you have never seen a Harold & Kumar movie they areimplausible story line, very irreverent, even crass, comedies thatalways break taboos.

    This movie's story line is again unlikely and at times totallyridiculous, it's a total cut up comedy. You get the sense that theactors were having fun while they were filming. I laughed (and moaned)throughout the entire movie which I think is kind of the benchmark forthis genre.

    A lot of the humor uses or pokes fun at the 3D effects so see it in 3Dif you can, it's a real treat, the effects are great. There was enoughpot smoke and coke blown in you face that you could almost get high.

  3. mdnobles19 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    Morally wrong on soo many levels and unnecessarily filmed in 3D butthat somehow managed to work pretty well for the most part but thisfilm is so much fun and hysterically funny that you will have a blast.It's great to see all of these lively and wacky characters come back tothe big screen that it should be a every year tradition because theircompany never gets old and it will have to be one of the best stonercomedies ever as well as Christmas comedy ever next to ChristmasVacation. The thing I like about these movies are that the jokes arerelevant, ballsy and unapologetic kind of like Family Guy and they areto me always consistent with making me laugh because of theoutrageousness that I just can't get enough of this series, they are ona roll! Overall this is a treat for only fans of the series because ifyou were offended by them before this one won't change your mind, youwill love it or you will hate it, I for one loved it!!!! Bring on moreHarold & Kumar!!! Recommended!

  4. Scott Eriksson from Los Angeles, CA
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is not going to surprise anyone. Itfollows the same successful formula and chemistry between John Cho andKal Penn as the first two. The film also is rude, inappropriate and hasquestionable taste just like the first two. So while the basic conceptis the same, it has been plugged into a Christmas setting making fun ofthe holiday and managing to shoot Santa Claus in the face in theprocess. Damn it's funny! I'm not big on buddy comedies but behindclosed doors I secretly love Harold & Kumar. White Castle was funny,Guantanamo Bay was even funnier taking on the issue of race andnational security, and 3D Christmas is poking fun at religion andholidays. Because many may be afraid of being ridiculed for touchingsacred subjects and therefore don't, Harold & Kumar movies repeatedlytake on the challenge and find something original to laugh about. Suremaking a baby high, John having his penis stuck to a metal frozen pole,and poking fun at the Catholic sex scandals may be inappropriate tosome, but everything's fair in comedy and what the filmmakers have donewill make you laugh over and over. So while much of the film may beridiculously over the top, it all works. And while we don't see enoughof Bobby Lee in the film who seems to be able to make you laugh withoutdoing much, we do get Neil Patrick Harris playing himself as a closetedheterosexual. That scene is not just really funny throughout, but itsteals the show. His scene is nothing short of a "must see" moment thatis destined to be classic.

  5. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I think part of the reason the first movie worked so well is becausegoing to White Castle is, relatively, a very simple, ordinary trip. Butwhen it's Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) it becomes a very wildadventure. I didn't enjoy the second one as much because escaping fromGuantanamo Bay wouldn't be an easy task for anybody. For this thirdmovie, Harold and Kumar are back to turn a routine errand into ahair-raising, hazardous experience. Harold has to decorate a Christmastree.

    But when Kumar comes over and accidentally burns down the tree, theythen 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 TheNutcracker, and limit the number of people they shoot and drug (to onlySanta Claus and a baby).

    The 3D is of course a gimmick. They know that; we know that. Itinvolves joints coming out of the screen and eggs, blood, and guts. Itis 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. Itmakes it okay when the out-and-proud Neil Patrick Harris makes gayjokes, or when Cho and Penn make racial jokes.

    I enjoyed the journey that they take in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3DChristmas". Every time the baby found a new drug to imbibe, or Kumarsmoked another joint, I laughed. It's the type of humour that has madethe franchise so successful.

  6. Jack_Skelly from Ottawa, Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    Once again, Harold and Kumar bring it with more completely originalideas that made me laugh like a maniac several times throughout themovie. These guys once again prove that anything can be funnier if youadd weed and nudity. And the fact that Kal Penn can still make thesemovies and maintain a respectable reputation at the White House ishilarious enough as it is.

    As good as this one was, however, it didn't really live up to theexpectations that were set by "Guantanamo Bay". Maybe it's because whenI saw that one, it was in a packed theatre at 10 pm with a bunch ofstoners laughing their guts out at every single joke. As unappealing asthat sounds (I wasn't stoned during this movie), it's those types ofthings that make movies THAT much better if you ask me. Laughing mybutt off with 30 or more people, including a few random 14 year oldswho needed to pretend they were with me in order to get in (true story)just wasn't the same.

    Something that really bugged me was how NPH was barely used in thisone. Although his picture actually made it poster this time, he wasn'treally in it as much as I hoped. Come to think of it, many of the oldjokes from "White Castle" and "Guantanamo Bay" weren't used at all.

    And whether or not it was the theatre I went to, the 3D wasdisgraceful. I almost suggest seeing the 2D version: your eyes won'thurt, you'll save a few bucks, and you really won't miss anything.

    But even though it may not have lived up to the previous ones, Haroldand Kumar prove once again that as far as epic stoner comedies go, theycan't be beat. This one left me sore from laughing, and with an itch tosee more (even though, once again, I wasn't stoned). I strongly suggestyou get a big group to go to this one; the more laughs around you, thefunnier this movie will be.

    And of course, there's nothing like getting into the Christmas spirit alittle early. Especially if you celebrate Christmas like these guys.

  7. hoganshort from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    To put it simply, Harold and Kumar was incredibly funny. The movie isset six years after they escape from G bay (you must ignore the factthey haven't aged). For me to say this was just another Harold andKumar movie would be unfair. I loved the first one. Simple premise withmany jokes and characters along the way. Half of what made it funny wasthe fact Roldy and Kumar were going through this hell just to have somefast food. Escape from G bay had funny moments but them escaping amaximum security prison holding war criminals to reach America andregain their innocence? It was a little much. Don't get me wrong Istill liked it but it felt like that magic was gone with the simplicityof the first. So when I saw the third was about to come out and it wasa "christmas special" I felt hopeful for a good one but not confident.

    The third instalment had that simplicity again. Yes, there was newcharacters and the 3D was new but they all worked so perfectly. Yescertain things were dumb and even weird like the fake baby Jesuswinking at me or a coked up baby running around on the ceiling but itsthat kind of movie! They were going through hell once again to simplyfind a Christmas tree. The new characters were very funny and the oldjokes and characters were seen and told in a new way (unlike Hangover2). Another new character was the use of 3D in this instalment. It wasincredible, and not just the smoke and coke flying at me but charactersacknowledging it and poking fun. Bottom line is its OK to beapprehensive because the second one was just alright and a comedy likethis in 3D could be thought of as being corny and trying to hard butthey pulled it off perfectly. Harold and Kumar is dumb fun and for whatit is this is a great comedy. Just make sure you catch it in 3D! Readmy other reviews at rollginreviews.blogspot.com

  8. Scott Baldwin (Mohasamedi45@gmail.com) from Edmonton, Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    It seems like just earlier this week was Halloween… oh, wait a tic,it WAS Halloween. 

    The beginning of November is an unusually early time fir a Christmasmovie to come out, but then again, it's not like there hasn't ever beena Christmas movie that's been released at the beginning of November.This year, it's Harold and Kumar who have taken the honour of releasinga Christmas movie near the beginning of the year, and for such apremature Christmas film, surprisingly it turned out to be great!

    A Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is more fun than it has he right to be.For one, you can tell by the trailer it promises fun to be had, and itlives up to the promise. The film in tone, is like a mix of the firsttwo movies. It has the ridiculousness of the second movie mixed withthe style of the first. In addition, throw in NPH, Amir fromCollegeHumor and characters we've seen before, and you have yourselfwhat may be the most fun film of the series.

    The film takes place 6 years after the first. A you may expect, hardworking Harold is successful, has the beautiful Maria as his wife, andlife couldn't be any better for him. Meanwhile Kumar is a big fat andlazy frack-up. He sits at home and smokes pot all day, and has blownhis chance at true love. 

    Harold has invited his father in law (played by Danny Trejo!), whoinadvertly brings his whole family to the household. The prejudiced inlaw replaces the faux tree with a naturally grown Christmas tree. WhenKumar receives a package for Harold, he takes it over, where theyreunite and discover, it's a mega joint. Kumar tries to burn it up, butthey inadvertly burn the tree… Resulting in the two going on anotherzany adventure, this time to replace the tree!!!

    First off, you know what to expect, from a Harold and Kumar movie,however that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Because the film isconsistently funny throughout and manages to keep you laughing untilthe final frame. The jokes are raunchier than ever! There's babiestaking drugs, Russian mafia jokes, dark humour, you name it. Thereisn't a thing this film doesn't have.

    The star power helps too- while they may be getting a bit old (Cho is40, and damn he looks so young, how do I look that handsome at 40), Choand Penn deliver the usual great performances, but I must note, holycrap, Cho really does prove himself as the talented actor he is here.Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Penn too, but Cho was easily theattraction for me. Trejo,well, what's not to love about him? Excellentactor and it shows, Patton Oswalt is hilarious as expected and Amirfrom CollegeHumor is a great actor here as well. And Neil PatrickHarris… Well, who can deny his brilliance?

    The 3D, on the other hand, is what prevents me from giving it a fullmark. As you may have seen in the previews, it does abuse the gimmickgreatly, but otherwise you really shouldn't waste your money. Thescreen gets very blurry during the more motion-y shots, and other thanthe flying out, it doesn't really come as good use.

    Otherwise, the new Harold and Kumar film is very enjoyable. Andsurprisingly very heartfelt too, as it has a great message aboutfriendship. It will indeed snap you into the Christmas spirit and makeyou feel happy indeed. And while it may not be the best of the series,nonetheless it is indeed very enjoyable

    OVERALL: 8/10

    THE GOOD: This latest entry in the series proves to be insanely funentry with everything you could expect in a H&K movie, and more.

    THE BAD: The 3D. Not like that's anything new,

  9. ta-ryll from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    Firstly, I loved the first movie. It was a very nice idea with somegood laughs. Then there was the second movie, which I think lacked forlaughs a lot compared to the first. And then this! All I can say is,apart from a baby getting high with the munchies, and a penis stuck toa frozen pipe, this was the worst of the three movies. I hate to sayit, but if you liked the first two and think this will be the same,don't get your hopes up. It's terrible. And WTF is up with the 3D? Thisruined it for me hugely, because there are good 3D movies, and thenthere are really cheesy diliberate 3D 'pokes' at the screen to make yougo, 'Awesome!'. Once I had saw the trailer I thought that it was afamily movie, that's how low this third sequel has dropped since thefirst two. It's an 18A? It should be a 12A! Yeah there's drugs and somenudity in it but, really? This isn't something for fans of the firsttwo movies. I still don't know how this movie has got a 7.2 Rating. Itshould be a 3.4 rating. Overall, if you have seen the first two movies,I don't recommend this one. Unless you want to because you might aswell see this as you have seen the first two. If you have'nt, then youwon't be as disappointed as I am. I hope that they pick it up again andbring a much better fourth part to these movies. And if it turns outlike this one, I will give up with Harold & Kumar.

  10. Steve Pulaski from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    The Harold & Kumar franchise is beginning to show signs of wear andtear, yet it still packs fun and laughs because of its actors and thelively, upbeat material. That's not to say the material is alwaysshining, in fact, in terms of writing, this is probably the raunchiestinstallment in the franchise yet. Which doesn't mean it is thefunniest. This may be the least funny of the series, yet this seems onthe same level as Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, aninferior but amusing sequel.

    Being faced with the third installment is always an iffy place to be.Especially when you see it end. You try and think to yourself whetheror not a sequel will be made. Here? I'm honestly not sure. I don't wantthere to be, but there are a few set ups which make it seem like theyare considering it. No sequel will match the humor the introduction tothese characters brought us. It was erected from the simplicity of thestory and the extreme likability of the characters.

    John Cho and Kal Penn, who took a leave from his position at the WhiteHouse, reprise their roles as the stoner duo who have now been out ofcontact for six years. Harold is a successful Wall Street banker, whileKumar is busy sitting on his couch with his buddy, smoking pot, andwaiting for the next random hookup. Harold is married to the love ofhis life Maria (Garces), and her side of the family, including herfather (Trejo), is coming over on Christmas Eve.

    Maria's family is made up of thugs with tattoos and heavy muscles. Herfather loves Christmas and cherishes it because when he was young henever had a respectable celebration with his family. When Maria and herfamily leave to attend a Midnight Mass, Harold is left in charge todecorate the authentic Christmas tree. Kumar comes over, and the duoaccidentally burn down the tree (think hard, and the way they do itwill come to you).

    Harold and Kumar now team up to try and find a new Christmas tree forthe family before the family comes home. Joining them for a briefamount of time on their adventure is Harold's friend, a new father witha child and Kumar's buddy who is hellbent on having sex with a youngvirgin. The baby jokes almost completely destroy the film with herinhaling marijuana smoke and cocaine. The result isn't laughter, but acringing factor that can easily destroy a comedy film.

    Thankfully, those two "characters" are abandoned while the real starsdo what they do best. Wander around aimlessly, falling into comedictraps that are sometimes funny and sometimes not. Somewhere along theway in the second film, Harold & Kumar morphed into a strange, comedicfantasy rather than a straight forward comedy.

    There was a gag in the second film about a child with a severe birthdefect giving him only one eye, and very many scenes in this filminvolving fictionalized events such as a baby crawling around on theroof after getting mixed in with cocaine and the certain appearance ofa jolly character. We begin to question why did the filmmakers feel theneed to incorporate such far-fetched elements in a comedy. I believe itjust adds to the phrase "stoner comedy film." As far as the 3D aspectof the film, it's there but not necessary. It looks better than a lotof 3D films I've seen over the years, but the extra ticket price isabsurd for a film like this. One thing that incredibly aggravates meabout this film is the fact that it is what I call a "3D abuser." Thisis the reason why 3D is a lose-lose for a movie; if you incorporate toomany 3D elements in the film (IE: throwing things at the audience orhaving an opening credit sequence devoted to using the extra dimension)it will look awkward and out of place by the time you watch the 2D DVD.If you don't put the dimension to use and don't utilize enough, thefilm will be criticized for even using it in the first place. A VeryHarold & Kumar 3D Christmas, when titled something like A Very Harold &Kumar Christmas on DVD, will look awkward and very, very strange on a2D disc.

    But numerous pluses continue to put a smile on my easily pleased face.The presence of Neil Patrick Harris, the use of the two leads to thefullest degree, the excellent claymation sequence, and the touchingending show just what the franchise has long been about. Heart andhilarity. As much as I loved the first film and have a soft spot foreach sequel, it's time for a good thing to come to an end. The serieshas just about overstayed its welcome, and another sequel could verymuch put an unwanted stain on the fabric of the franchise, like so manyfilmmakers feel like doing to franchises now.

    A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is good, pre-holiday fun. It's notas downbeat and as miserable as Bad Santa, yet it doesn't have thepleasing plot of a Christmas classic. It takes its R rating, embracesit, and is proud of the way its traveled. After all, adventures toWhite Castle, Guantanamo Bay, and a search for a giant Christmas treein the span of a few years is what I would call a long odyssey. Anodyssey that should dock and deport before it goes into unchartedterritory.

    Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Trejo, PaulGarces, and Bobby Lee. Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson.

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