Six years after their grand adventure in Guantanamo Bay, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have become estranged, leading very different lives than when we last left them. Then, one day, Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep with a mysterious package in hand and he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-laws beloved Christmas tree.
Now on a mission to find a replacement tree, the pair seems to find trouble wherever they turn. Can these two reefer-loving friends save Christmas after they put the entire holiday in jeopardy? One thing’s for sure, no high can fix this sticky situation … or can it?
Just when you think enough films have joined the three-quel club, here comes the very first drug-touting holiday 3D movie spectacular. One thing that “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” has going for it — besides some funny actors — is the fact that the writers are returning from the previous films. Also, it’s interesting that they chose to change to a new director, Todd Strauss-Schulson, who is known for his short films and not for movies. We will just have to wait and see if he can turn this odd holiday film into a success.
Although I liked “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” I found that the sequel was far more outrageous and funny. I am not at all against this film; in fact, it is nice to see Kal Penn getting back to acting after spending the past few years working in Washington.
One of the best things is Neil Patrick Harris returning as himself, since he was one of the best parts to the films to begin with. He takes his nice guy public persona and just tears it apart in these films with his drug use and shameless behavior. Growing up watching him on different shows, I came to like him even more after seeing his hilarious take on hemp-induced rampages. Needless to say, I am happy to see him back — even if he does mock Jesus in the trailer.
I have yet to see a movie trailer that boasts or mocks 3D as much as this one did. Besides the use of gratuitous slow motion 3D shots, there is just so much happening in this two-minute trailer, including: Santa getting shot, amazing beer pong battles, heaven as a night club, priest punching and so much more. The most important thing to take from this trailer is the same comedy and style that we have come to know and love from the first two films.
So what are your thoughts on this non-typical holiday film? Are you a fan of the franchise and will you see this one when it hits theaters Nov. 4? Leave a comment to let us know.
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