There’s nothing like a quality film with some good ol’ fashioned violence, pervasive language, drug use, strongly crude sexual content, and graphic nudity (straight from the MPAA rating) to get ya into the Christmas spirit, right? No? How about a movie about the unbreakable bonds of friendship, the thrill of adventure, the restoration of estranged relationships, and about doing the right thing? Sound more in tune with the season? A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas has all of these things, and it’s garnished with wreaths, ornaments, snow, and all of the best holiday tunes. It’s a fun film NOT for the whole family to enjoy!
The plot is simple: Straight-laced Harold (John Cho) needs to find a twelve-foot Christmas tree to replace the one that super-stoner Kumar (Kal Penn) accidentally set on fire, otherwise his wife’s family will hate him, and they have to find the tree before his wife’s family gets back from midnight Mass! Oh my! What could go wrong, you ask? 90 minutes of shameless 3D hi-jinx, complete with showering nuns, hallucinogenics-inspired Claymation, and a stoned toddler, that’s what! After all, it’s not an elaborate plot that people come to see, it’s the adventure of getting from point A to point B that has made these films such a success. Now, if you’re saying, “Hooooold on a second, showering nuns? Druggie babies! That’s too much!”, then this is NOT the movie for you, because I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the shameless depths to which this movie sinks for laughs, many of which aren’t fit to write about, well, anywhere. But for those that come to 3D movies expecting the shameless, this one doesn’t disappoint.
I for one come to films that have “3D” in the title expecting the shameless, but also expecting a fun entertainment. After all, a movie that puts “3D” in the title isn’t selling art, it’s selling a fun time. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is a very fun time, if you’re not easily offended. Everyone and everything gets an equal share of the satire, from Christians to Jews, Hispanics to Koreans, and the Uptights to the Party Animals. The film is an equal opportunity offender.
Above all, I found the 3D to be absolutely wonderful! My rule is: If “3D” is in the title, go see it, it’ll be worth the extra cash. I was right yet again with this one. Everything from drugs to eggs to smoke (a VERY cool effect) to unmentionables come flying out at the audience before the credits start rolling. It’s an ultra-aware filmmaking style that simply isn’t possible in the narrative structure of a serious film. Remember all of the over-hyped Avatar in 3D nonsense? Sheesh, give me Drive Angry 3D or Jackass 3D. With something as gimmicky as 3D, the only way to properly enjoy it is in a film as ridiculously gimmicky as A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Most of the world will disagree with me, and argue that the film is stupid and trashy. I’d call you stupid for not knowing that going into it. Plus, Neil Patrick Harris reprises his roll as himself, and if he’s in it you know it has to be good.
Trust him, he played a doctor.
Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.
Running Time: 90 Minutes.
Released in theatres: November 4th, 2011.