A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)



Critic Consensus: Still raunchy, still irreverent, and still hit-and-miss, this Harold & Kumar outing also has a Christmas miracle: The audience gets to see the sweeter side of the duo.

Movie Info

Following years of growing apart, Harold Lee (Cho) and Kumar Patel (Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar's door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold's house ends with the "high grade" contents-and Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree-going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree takes them through party heaven-and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2012
Box Office: $35.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


John Cho
as Harold
Kal Penn
as Kumar
Neil Patrick Harris
as Neil Patrick Harris
Fred Melamed
as Uncle Yoav
Patton Oswalt
as Mall Santa
Danny Trejo
as Mr. Perez
David Burtka
as David Burtka
Richard Riehle
as Santa Claus
Bobby Lee
as Kenneth Park
The Rza
as Lamar
Shirley Benyas
as Nana Perez
Esteban Cruz
as Pepe Perez
Elias Koteas
as Sergei Katsov
David Krumholtz
as Goldstein
Gabriella Dilone
as Inez Perez
Marvin Cruz
as Timo Perez
Gabriella Dione
as Inez Perez
Austin Bickel
as Kid in Line
Inga Wilson
as Mom in Line
Allyson V. Lengers
as Wafflebot Kid
Gabriel Anderson
as Wafflebot Kid
Hilary Anderson
as Hot Teenage Girl
Dave Rife
as White Castle Employe...
Dave Davies
as Church Security Guar...
David Rife
as White Castle Employe...
Dana DeLorenzo
as Becca the P.A
Brett Gelman
as T.V. Director
Dan Levy
as Reporter
Ripper Brown
as St. Peter
Evan Mann
as Heaven's Bartender
Gareth Reynolds
as Heaven's Bartender
Cassie Keller
as Topless Angel
as Lamar
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Critic Reviews for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (36)

For all its pretensions to bad taste, this is surprisingly heartwarming festive fare.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

I was glad to see them again, but it's probably time for them to go get their lives fully together now

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

While there's no mistaking a Harold & Kumar movie for something that's going win an Oscar, movie fans shouldn't be so quick to dismiss these 21st century incarnations of Cheech and Chong as purely shallow entertainment.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Seriously, someday you guys are going to sober up, catch this on video and wonder what gave you the giggles all those White Castle runs ago.

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
Tribune News Service

Falls short of being a holiday classic or an enjoyable 3D experience - meaning, in the end, it's little more than another Harold and Kumar film.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

A funny, memorable romp through metafictional sequel land, and a pleasingly Christmasy grossout film to boot.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This is a decently entertaining and adequate film, though, in the end, it's really not all that special. I think I liked it a little more than its predecessor, since it didn't take things to such an extreme level straddling the line between offensive funny and just offensively bad taste.

Oh, believe me, there's some bad taste type of stuff here, it just didn't seem as overkill. I think this could have been a lot better had they come up with a far stronger and fresher script, but at least they got creative with the 3D (even if I did have to see it in 2D. Plus, they did seem to have fun by making it a Christmas movie (the claymation part is pure gold).

Unlike part two which took place within an hour after the first, this one is set several years later. Harold and Kumar have drifted apart and have become estranged. Harold is a married man whose become a responsible straightlaced (read: boring) adult, while Kumar has remained the apathetic juvenile.

Fate brings them together on Christmas Eve, and, after some typical shenanigans, the duo are forced to search for the perfect Christmas tree after Harold's father-in-law's prized one is destroyed. What follows is the typical madcap adventutre with all kinds of over the top nuttiness, vulgarity, and laughs, with some (but not too much this time) subtext thrown in for good measure. There's no Meloni cameo, but Elias Koteas does a good job in his place. Also, Danny Trejo wearing Christmas sweaters and playing against type (mostly) is one of the funniest things ever.

All in all, an entertaining return, but not as awesome as it should have been. Still, it's short, not boring, and an okay way to spend some time.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A surprise hit in my book.

I've never seen the Harold & Kumar installments so maybe that's why this 3rd iteration was an enjoyable one for me. It's everything you could expect from a flick like this: Grotesque, abidingly crude, and vulgarity that's thrown in your face; it's also a lot of fun.

This offensive flick throws a lot comedic punches that, most of the time, misses, but every now and then, it finds a haymaker comes from nowhere and results in laugh out loud laughter. I found myself getting lost in gleeful laughter and hooked into the simple but entertaining narrative. Yeah, the 3D formatting is blatantly thrown in, and yes, it isn't the most fantastically well-thought-out film, but it shamelessly embraces all of it, suspending all kinds of beliefs from all over. It's a raunchy movie that doesn't care how ridiculously over-the-top things can get; it's here to entertain. With such an audacious full-front assault towards it's repulsive personality, obviously I had my gripes with the film, but not for it's offensive behavior; this eccentric execution usually comes coupled with poor technicalities and a real poor respect towards the art of filmmaking. Plus, it's simply not my type of movie.

Nevertheless, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" took me by a wild surprise; my expectation was that equivalent to the more recent Van Wilder flicks. This is a profane caricature that draws its comedic value through its sarcastic outlook on everyday life. It's entertaining

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Quotes

Kumar: Yeah douche.
– Submitted by Filipe F (16 months ago)
Boris: Tthen we kick your rankley asses out of here and take all your muther fucking cash.
– Submitted by Jonothan A (3 years ago)
Harold: Dude, what are you doing?!
Kumar: Getting 'not-low', what do you think?
– Submitted by In Your D (3 years ago)
Kumar: You're not gay, motherfucker!
– Submitted by Ksi S (3 years ago)

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