A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Reviews
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.
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
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Summary: When Kumar burns down Harold's family Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, the stoner pals set out on a last-minute, pot-fueled quest through Manhattan to find a replacement tree, getting tangled up with mobsters and other shady characters along the way.
My Thoughts: "I am a little disappointed. I was intending for this film to be much funnier. I didn't even laugh out loud once. I was really looking forward to this movie so it sucks that it was such a disappointment for me. The movie seemed to be trying to hard to be funny that it ended up being just smirk worthy. I'm a big fan of these films and I hope they make another one, and hopefully it's better."
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.
Harold (John Cho) has put his stoner past behind him and, married to Maria, has adopted a very conventional lifestyle with a view to trying to ingratiate himself with her father (Danny Trejo, trading on his bad-ass screen persona). Specifically, he is put Kumar (Kal Penn) behind him, because Kumar is still deep in weed, which fact is responsible for the various mishaps they went through in the earlier films. When a package arrives at Kumar's apartment for Harold, and Kumar takes it to him, the immediate result is the burning down of the Christmas tree brought by Maria's father, followed by a panic stricken search for a replacement which, itself results in a number of prejudicial predicaments.
I think part of the reason the first movie worked so well is because going to White Castle is, relatively, a very simple, ordinary trip. But when it's Harold and Kumar it becomes a very wild adventure. For this third movie, Harold and Kumar are back to turn a routine errand into a hair-raising, hazardous experience. Harold has to decorate a Christmas tree. But even though it may not have lived up to the previous ones, Harold and Kumar prove once again that as far as epic stoner comedies go, they can't be beat. This one left me sore from laughing, and with an itch to see more (even though, once again, I wasn't stoned). I strongly suggest you get a big group to go to this one; the more laughs around you, the funnier this movie will be.
Funny! Where do they come up with so many funny nonsense? Wow. The story does not have much to offer you but dark humor and funny stuff, that's about it. If you liked the Harold and Kumar movies from before you will enjoy this one.
Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.
It's actually quite the good time! Not all of the jokes stick, and the tone is basically non-existent, but this is due to the fact that "Harold and Kumar" does absolutely everything it can to garner laughs (including throwing good taste clear out the window). The jokes are rude, crude, and in the the vein of the previous film in the franchise. It should come as no surprise that the film struggles with it's own excess from time to time, but when the humor (both verbal and physical) hits it's mark, Harold and Kumar's third outing boarders on being the funniest film of the year. It's over the top and silly (sometimes exhaustingly so), but when it works, it works hard.
The cast is great here, with Penn and Cho as likable as ever. A slew of extended cameos (most notably Danny Trejo and Neil Patrick Harris once again) really liven and shake things up. To bad the unnecessary 3D did not.
This is a seriously funny film that's many faults can be easily overlooked. It doesn't take itself seriously and is a romp that knows what it wants to be; A good, ridiculous time. You know what? It works!
Why am I telling you this story? Because it relates to A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. Every joke in this movie is just wrong, offensive, and wholly inappropriate. But damn it, it's funny as hell. You may feel like the mother with her children. You shouldn't be laughing at the jokes in this movie, because they are the very jokes you as an adult should wholly disapprove. But you will laugh; you will laugh till it hurts. And hey, there's even a little bit of heart to this movie, about growing up and accepting the responsibilities that come with it. However, you're not watching this movie for that. You're watching it because you want to laugh at a baby getting high off weed, coke, and ecstasy. Yes, as a mature human being, you shouldn't think that's funny. But you do.
What's strange about this film is how I remember thoroughly enjoying it but how little I can remember about it now. Yes, I remember a baby getting high on pot, cocaine, and ecstasy; numerous 3D gags including a claymated penis attacking me; Neil Patrick Harris's Christmas song dance numbers; and finally, the references to John Cho's involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement, Harris's gay partner, and Kal Penn's employment at the White House. But these are mere gags -- memorable, sure -- but the comedy fades with time.
Overall, I remember really enjoying A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, but it's hard to remember why.