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Carl the Critic: Reviews "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" [Caution: Contains Brief Graphic Imagry]
"A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas"
"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" trailer (in HD)
"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"
Experience/Expectations: Hey everyone, it's been a while, I just got back from being a Headless Horseman in a successful play production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", but am here just in time for Christmas! And what better way to kick off this Christmas season than with a Christmas movie? Specifically a Christmas movie that's in 3D? Even More Specifically a Christmas movie that's in 3D that has Neil Patrick Harris, Kal Penn, John Cho, and had a lot of jokes about getting high?... Actually there are many better ways, but for now let's look at "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas".
Story: 2 years after their trip to Amsterdam getting stoned off their ass, Harold and Kumar have been estranged from each other living out their normal lives. Harold is finally married to that Maria chick, and life couldn't be any better... UNTIL Kumar arrives at Harold's doorstep with a mysterious package in his hand and, considering that this is a stoner film, I'll give you three guess what could be in the package... I'll give you a hint it causes Kumar to accidentally burn down Danny Trejo's Prize Christmas tree, causing Harold and Kumar to got out in search of a new in New York City... Did you figure out what it was yet?... No?... Well that's okay, let's get to the critique!
Critique: First off there was some good stuff about the movie that I want to get out of the way. Things like the use of 3D, lots of funny gags, and overall good acting. This could be one of my all time favorite Christmas movies (had it not been for the constant drug use, violence, and nudity). The thing is though, this movie seems to be a "fans only" film, any who is familiar with the first two movies will certainly find this enjoyable.
That being said let's talk about some things that people might not like:
- There is a baby who constantly gets high through out the film.
- There's some Christian jokes that some will find offensive (such as lesbian Nuns, some priest chasing a little boy, etc.)
- There's a scene where Harold's penis is frozen to a pole (and there are some graphic shots of the (obviously fake but still disturbing) penis frozen to the pole.
... That's actually all I can think of as far as what I thought people might take offense, but I didn't mind those things. But how good is it when compared to the previous movies? Is it better than the first or worse than the second? Neither, but I felt that it is in the middle, not as good as the first but better than the second. There are other little nit pick things I can say about the film, but everything I can think of can be responded back with "Well what else did you expect from a 'Harold and Kumar' movie?"
Neil Patrick Harris is back in this movie, but unlike his previous cameos this one feels brief. He's only on screen for like 15-20 minutes, and it's only for one scene (sort of a disappointment).
Speaking of disappointments, the "twist" ending was one of them. Without wishing to spoil, it felt like the writers were pressured to wrap everything up as much as possible, and so they did it in a way that was too obvious.
Having said all this, I actually liked "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" it was exactly what I was expecting based on the knowledge of the previous films. It made jokes not only about the characters in the franchise, but also with some of the actor's personal lives (like how Kal Pen works at the White House, Neil Patrick Harris's homosexuality, etc.) As I said before, the 3D is great and it's now one of my all time favorite Christmas movies.
Overall: I know I complained a lot about this movie but all I can say is that if you plan to watch "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" you know what you are expecting, and you will enjoy it for what ever it is despite the flaws. So I give it a 8.2 out of 10.