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A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 39

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.

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 9

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.

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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

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Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Feb 7, 2012

$35.0M

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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (39) | DVD (2)

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

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The laughs may not be as strong as they were the first time, and the sense of discovering something fantastically illicit may have faded to mellow, familiar charms that come with the occasional giggle fit, but that's life as a stoner comedy.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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It contains the mother of all blunts, which, wouldn't ya know, burns down the Christmas tree that Harold's glowering father-in-law grew from a sapling.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (3)
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This film will stuff your stocking with profane, perverse, politically incorrect glee.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If there's a complaint to be made, it's that the humor could be less scattershot.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Of course it's offensive and crude. It's also hilarious at times.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (2)
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I was glad to see them again, but it's probably time for them to go get their lives fully together now

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

December 29, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-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.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

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

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

What started as a beautiful one-off, extended in a pretty decent sequel, has now grown gray at the edges.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Cho and Penn continue to be a likable pair who work well off each other and it's fun to spend time with them, even in the movie's off moments.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Funny in spots, but the story and characters have almost nowhere to go. The direction feels aimless and crafted like a DTV film. In other words, this is an enormously disappointing threequel.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

The "let's find a Christmas tree" plot is more in the vein of the original than the outlandish Guantanamo Bay plot was, and the Cho/Penn chemistry remains charming.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A raunchy and religiously-incorrect roller coaster ride for the very-open minded, not to be mistaken for one of those sentimental Christmas yarns you usually see during the holiday season.

February 4, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

For me, this was the best 'Harold & Kumar' film yet. Unfortunately, the film still comes off as too juvenile in its humor to have pleased this adult for very long.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The strain to continually push the envelope of altered-state-friendly absurdity is starting to show.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

They keep the tone just right, and the strong, external humor by original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg sustains it.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The dialogue isn't snappy while the physical comedy is predictable

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

It's mostly unfunny, stupid and juvenile.

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Comments (4)
Birmingham Post

Few will find all of it funny, a fair number will find none of it so, and some will exit in high dudgeon.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (2)
Observer [UK]

Not nearly as subversive as it purports to be, but fittingly witty and wintry nonetheless.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Want to make manchildren laugh? Blow some weed smoke out at them in 3D. Call something 'Avatarded' as a compliment. Get a baby high. Throw in a subplot about a 'hot virgin I met on the Internet' who's horny for a manchild...

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (4)
Flick Filosopher

Although the humour is patchy, when the laughs hit they hit hard, slyly sending-up holiday season conventions...

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas's slacker posturing belies a rare comedic rigour. It takes brains to be this thick.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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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.
July 15, 2012
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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
June 8, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

A competently made sequel about everyone's favorite stoner-buddies and how they are reunited after two years, each feeling distant from one another, but willing to give their friendship one last shot. The laughs, as per the first sequel, are scatter-shot and lacking consistency, but who cares? This is a pure stoner comedy that is very funny despite being really, really stupid. It does not possess the inescapable charm the first film had, but the pace is quick, the laughs are solid, and of course Santa Claus is involved somehow in a disrespectful way. Simply put, if you liked the first two, you will like this one as well. If you can't take perverse humor or a multitude of sex/drug jokes, you will probably hate it. Overall, I liked it, not enough to say it is completely worth watching, but it is enjoyable.
April 13, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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