Reviews and Problems with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
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A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
12 February 2012
Excerpt: About a year ago, I was channel surfing and came across Harold and Kumar go to White Castle . I remember when this movie first came out and had dismissed it as a teen comedy that I’d have no interest in. A few years later I was looking through a box of DVD’s and found it and decided to pop it in my player. Rarely have I laughed so hard.
Excerpt: Claymation penis, pot smoke rings, and bloody teeth. Welcome to 3D in 2012 Hollywood, the Harold & Kumar franchise bringing a record setting flair for class into another dimension. Well, actually, that should be “crass.” It’s so easy to get those confused with a movie like this. The film is so delicate in how it handles the trippy highs of a one-year old baby, rapidly addicted to cocaine and savoring the succulent high of pot.
Excerpt: It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, so what better way to rush into the holiday spirit than with the arrival of the A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas . The stoner comedy duo has returned for a third feature film, which had nowhere to go but up, following the pretty terrible sequel, ‘ Escape from Guantanamo Bay ’, and fortunately this film manages to do just that. Unfortunately, the move upwards is not that high.
Conclusion: 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas' is a hilarious film that crudely and lovingly takes its place in the Christmas film genre. It's up to you as to whether or not you think it'll ever be a Classic, but for my money, it's pretty close. I laughed for 90 minutes in the cinema, and enjoyed it equally on the repeat viewing. The only thing that's potentially weird about watching the 2D version of the film is the sheer number of 3D gags.
Conclusion: It may not be Christmas (yet), but don't wait until next December to spend some time with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas . It's as hit-or-miss as every other Harold & Kumar movie, and the 2D version isn't nearly as funny as its 3D partner in crime, but with the 3D edition in your hands, there's no need to settle. You'll crack up, you'll tear up, you'll reach out and try to touch the holiday treats floating off the screen...
Conclusion: It may not be Christmas (yet), but don't wait until next December to spend some time with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas . It's as hit-or-miss as every other Harold & Kumar movie, and the 2D version isn't nearly as funny as the film's 3D laugh riot, but don't let any of that keep you away. You'll crack up, you'll tear up, you'll call it the best stoner comedy of the year. And you'll be right in doing so.
Summary: For me, this was the best "Harold & Kumar" film yet. Unfortunately, that doesn't say enough because the film still comes off as too juvenile in its humor to have pleased this adult for very long.
Excerpt: The Harold & Kumar franchise has always done a few things that no other movie does, and I’m not talking about characters smoking out. For instance, as the series’ stars Kal Penn and John Cho are always quick to point out, it’s just about the only movie franchise with two lead actors of Asian descent.