A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Release year: 2011
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Screenwriter: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho, Paula Garcés, Danny Trejo, Thomas Lennon, Amir Blumenfeld, Patton Oswalt, Isabella Gielniak
It’s six years since their Guantanamo Bay adventure (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, 2008) and Harold (Cho) and Kumar (Penn) are estranged from each other. Harold is all grown up, with a house and a wife, while Kumar still focus mostly on getting high. But when a package arrive for Harold at Kumar’s place and he goes over to give it to him, disaster strikes and soon the two old friends most look all over town for the perfect Christmas tree.
People who have seen either of the first two Harold and Kumar movies, knows what to expect from the Christmas adventure. They may be older, but that doesn’t mean they are smarter, especially not when they are together. Penn (Superman Returns, 2006) and Cho (Star Trek, 2009) return as the two potheads and when they get together magic starts. Whether you are into smoking weed or not, there are plenty of humour for anyone enjoying a comedy that balance right on the limit of what is tasteful, and occasionally stumble a bit over, and this, the third outing for the pair, even manage to bring some authentic Christmas cheer to the table. Yes, here we both have a musical number, a claymation sequence, Santa Claus and Christmas decorations. But in between those, there are huge joints, a penis stuck to a frozen pole and a toddler on coke. So needless to say: this isn’t for everyone. But if you aren’t too delicate for the jokes, this is very enjoyable. As in the other two Harold and Kumar movies, Neil Patrick Harris (Starship Troopers, 1997) returns as a fictional version of himself, where he once again shows an ability to make fun of himself, this time even dragging husband David Burtka into the spectacle. The movie is filmed in 3D, something that is evident in the slow motion scenes where objects fly against you. It only ruins the experience because it makes you wish you were watching it in 3D and the movie makes sure to poke fun at itself with several references to the format being ‘dead and over’. If you are looking for some R-rated comedy to bring you Christmas cheer, this is a good choice.
The Wafflebot is based on a waffle-making robot character from an unreleased college comedy screenplay Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote in 2000.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video