A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

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[Review: Film]
If you’re looking for a little untraditional, mind numbing Christmas fun, then you’re sure to get your money's worth with Harold and Kumar. A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is engulfed in shenanigans, crass jokes, and raunchy humor.

This movie was made for anyone who likes stoner movies and enjoys the Harold and Kumar franchise. There is Claymation, pot, ecstasy pill popping, penis shots, hateful in-laws, mob bosses, underage drinking, stereotyping, racism, pre-marital sex, tweaking babies, and the gayest un-gay Neil Patrick Harris on screen.

The 3-D technology was incredible; the best I’ve seen so far. It made me jump, laugh, sit in awe, and question why it was there in the first place. The director, Todd Strauss-Schulson reminded us throughout that it was Christmas by including  abominable snowmen, dangerous family members, destroyed Christmas trees,  and visits from Santa Clause himself (even if he did get shot in the face); my favorite however was the flying reindeer and sleigh with magic dust.

The acting was good, but Neil Patrick Harris outshined in just minutes-- he seriously needs his own spin-off movie.  Harold, played by John Cho was as handsome as ever in suit and tie with endearing love for his beautiful wife Maria (Paula Garces). Kumar (Kal Penn) had a very subtle humor that I found charming. The chemistry between Harold and Kumar matched perfectly as two best friends who lost contact for 6 year miraculously get back together. Harold becomes a business man on Wall Street, is a newlywed, and is terrified  of his father in-law. Kumar, a med-school dropout, dives deep into depression after his girlfriend dumps him.

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas was ridiculous, all over the place, awkward, funny, and at times, touching. It’s not quite my taste, but then again, I’ve never been a fan of stoner comedies.

But, I’m sure my 17 year old brother and his friends would eat it up.  I recommend this movie to anyone between the ages of
17 and 26, or people of any age who like dark comedies and college humor. This is definitely a movie worth quoting, laughing, and talking about with your friends after you leave the theater.

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas opens today, November 4, 2011, in theaters.

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