Stoner roommates Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have moved on since THE ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY. Harry aka Harold is now a successful investment banker and married while Kumar has been rejected from medical college after failing a drug test. Kumar who still lives in the old apartment is basking on the high road of life whilst a few hours’ drive away Harry is welcoming his extended Mexican family into his home for Christmas. Harry’s father in law brings along with him a bus load of relatives along with THE perfect Christmas tree that he has grown himself for many years. On the other end of the line Kumar receives a parcel that is addressed to Harry and takes the task on him to deliver it personally to Harry. Kumar who has not forgotten the good times they shared walks up-to Harry’s front door and before we know the duo sets the prize Christmas tree ablaze! Now we can’t celebrate Christmas without a tree can we? What’s worse is how do we celebrate Christmas once you burn your father in laws Christmas tree? Harry is in a bit of a Yuletide pickle and Kumar steps up an offer a puff!
There is a lot of crossfire on A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, fans of the trilogy love it and the others don’t. However there is certainly some extra attention the motion picture attracts about the not so subtly written herb-fest and certain portrayals of Jesus Christ etc. Allow me to simplify it more. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson is very fortunate that the movie is based on what it based and it’s made in the United States and not in the middle of the earth! I am a fan and I enjoy the Schulsons’ version over the prison break sequel. In fact it certainly steps up from the sequel HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY and hands out trashier comedy with an impeccable focus on trashing the 3D technology that lazy directors use just to sell certain motion pictures. With flying ping pong balls, cocaine and medicinal herbs thrown in your face Schulson goes all guns loaded with destroying 3D and reducing it to its deserved state. 3D is merely a tool used in a movie and it’s isn’t the other way around. Even Zeus would agree! In retrospect with movies such as HALF BAKED and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, this HK picture actually takes a step back in the entire business of rolling and puffing, instead it skips on to the events that occur surpassing the ignition state. However there is a substantial amount of cocaine thrown in your face during odd intervals and even prescription medication induced by juveniles. It may come across as a lame attempt and a cheap hit to work up a laugh on certain layers whilst surprisingly it may work if indeed one is in a higher state of consciousness.
Palpable as it is and has been over the years HK wasn’t and will never be for the intellectual viewer nor critic who whose hunger for exploring hidden subtexts within a plot written about illegal drug abuse. There isn’t a message passed along the grapevine, there aren’t any hidden morale to this stoner flick comedy. Instead HK is all about riding the EAC just like mister turtle did in FINDING NEMO. If one is looking forward to this weekend to kick back and just toss your shoes off your feet so it lands in different directions in your living room, grab a bowl of popcorn and rest your legs on the coffee table in front of you or even on your over weight Labrador and just have a good laugh I do give confidently give A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS the green light!
Title: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Directed by: Strauss – Schulson
Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho, Thomas Lennon, Amir Blumenfeld and Neil Patrick Harris