14 June 2012

Movies: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1268799/

Comedy

Stoner comedy sequel to "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay".
It doesn't make much sense to watch "Christmas" if you haven't yet watched "White Castle" and "Guantanamo". I suppose you could, but what's the point?

Nutshell: This film takes place a couple few years after "Guantanamo". Harold and Kumar have gone their separate ways and haven't talked in years. A package addressed to Harold is delivered to Kumar's apartment, so Kumar has a friend drive him over to deliver it to Harold's house.
Then we're left with what seems to be a mash-up of a Harold & Kumar style film with a Christmas hijinks/caper-style film, that is, Harold and Kumar mashed up with "Jingle All the Way".  Yes, a film that rips itself off while borrowing heavily from other similar Christmas-themed farces.

Again, if you've not ever watched a Harold and Kumar film you probably won't exactly understand what that means. The thing about the H&K films - you'll either hate them or like them. In ways they are bad films, but done in a terrific fashion. Even this film is a bad film done in a brilliant way, one that captures the gooey heart at the center of all the H&K films and still grosses us out and still goes for drug use and lowbrow humor.  Although it does seem this film hits the lowbrow bits even less than its predecessors. This film more hit certain notes just to make a point of making a callback to events in the previous films as opposed to relying on them to make the film. They almost seemed out of place more than anything. I know why they put them in there, but they really weren't necessary, but they were just to emphasize what makes a H&K film an H&K film.
Plus this was a 3D film, which they made a point of abusing the 3D process every chance they got. Another example of making a bad film in a brilliant way.

So yes, if you've enjoyed the previous films you'll probably not have any trouble with this one either. I liked it, a worthy successor to the franchise.

Highlight: Neil Patrick Harris returns! You thought he was dead after being shotgunned in the back by the madame at the whorehouse in "Guantanamo"? If you watched "Guantanamo" past the credits you'd know NPH got up off the ground and walked away.
Bonus: In this film NPH's fiancee David Burtka shows up playing David Burtka, just as NPH is playing NPH. NPH basically states his "coming out as gay" is all a ruse to nail more chicks, keeping one foot in "Harold and Kumar" NPH and the other in actual events in NPH's life. Burtka is basically playing the part of fiancee and NPH treats him like hired crap. Nice touch.

Additionally: There was another couple nods to what's been going on in Harold and Kumar's real lives. I mean, the actors behind Harold and Kumar.  There was a reference to John Cho (Harold) playing Sulu in the "Star Trek" reboot, and there was a reference to Kal Penn (Kumar) taking a bit of time off of acting to work in the White House Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director.

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