A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Rated R for drug use, crude humor, pervasive profanity, graphic
sexuality, frontal nudity and violence.
Running time: 90 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Directed By: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Written By: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
In Theaters: Nov 4, 2011
Film Review by Kam Williams
Very Good (3 stars)
As with Cheech and Chong's string of classic stoner comedies of a
generation ago, it looks like longevity might also be in store for
relatively-nerdy Harold & Kumar's series of similarly-themed, Marijuana
misadventures. Co-stars John Cho and Kal Penn
reprise their roles as the title characters here, with the movie marking the
latter's return to the big screen after signing on to serve in the Obama
Administration a couple of years ago.
What ensues is your garden-variety ganja flick, except one featuring a
distinctly Yuletide spin. Better brace yourself for a Christmas wreath
festooned with cannabis instead of holly leaves, for plays on words about
"Winter Wonder Weed" and "Hannukah Hash," and to have big clouds of smoke
blown in your face in 3D.
While the uninitiated might consider the incessant association of the holiday season with substance abuse almost blasphemous, fans of the franchise will undoubtedly get a kick out of the relentless irreverence. Along for the ride is Neil Patrick Harris again playing himself, as well as a couple of new buddies in Adrian (Amir Blumenfeld) and Todd (Thomas Lennon).
As the guys crisscross New York City in search of another 12-foot fir, they encounter everything from fellow party animals to naked nuns to Ukrainian mobsters to Santa Claus himself. A raunchy and religiously-incorrect roller coaster ride for the very-open minded, not to be mistaken for one of those traditional, sentimental Christmas yarns.
What's in store for number four, Harold and Kumar get Uncle Sam high on the Fourth of July?