A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas has less holiday spirit, more holiday spliff…
Bored of Christmas? Imagine how Kumar (Kal Penn) feels when his dealer offers him holiday flavoured flavours, including Rudolf The Red-Eyed Reindeer and It’s A Weederful Life. Yes, the boys are back and having already been on an eventful trip to their local White Castle burger store and escaped from Guantanamo Bay, this time they try and survive the holidays.
The plot sees the stoner duo caught up in more major troubles while hunting for the perfect Christmas tree, with wrecked cars, psycho gangsters and Broadway shows just some of the obstacles this time around. It’s a pretty flimsy affair, given added depth – so to speak – thanks to the extra dimension of 3D.
“Hasn’t the whole 3D thing jumped the shark by now?” asks Harold (John Cho). And while the in-your-face technology fails to live up to the onscreen boast of making Avatar look Avatarded, it does have some nice touches – as Kumar’s smoke rings pop out of the screen like fireworks.
The best present in this threequel? The return of Neil Patrick Harris, who was gunned down in the last movie. Switch off your brain’s higher functions in anticipation of another off-the-wall journey and like a baby hotboxing in a marijuana-filled car, you will get the giggles.
Extras were unavailable but include three minutes and 35 seconds of deleted scenes, as well as two brief on-set interview pieces with Tom Lennon (Bringing Harold & Kumar Claymation To Life, three minutes and 35 seconds; Through The Haze With Tom Lennon, eight minutes). An UltraViolet digital copy of the film is also available.