Has it actually been six years since Harold and Kumar escaped Guantanamo Bay? Well, you could not inform from “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”. Sure, the movie establishes that Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have gone their separate methods: Harold has married Maria (Paula Garces), turn into a profitable Wall Street stuffed shirt and moved to the suburbs of New Jersey, whereas Kumar has failed his medical examination and has cut up from his girlfriend Vanessa (Danneel Harris) who simply occurs to be pregnant along with his youngster. The duo are reunited when a mysterious package deal addressed to Harold is left on Kumar s doorstep. In delivering the package deal, Kumar inadvertently destroys the prized Christmas tree of Maria s father, Carlos Perez (Danny Trejo in an impressed little bit of casting), who does not like Harold one bit. In the seek for an identical Christmas tree, the hijinks and hilarity ensue.
The movie will not be your common stoner comedy. It pushes the envelope when it comes to presentation and in its inherent randomness. This is as shut as one can get to experiencing the randomness of being stoned with out truly being stoned (to not say that this reviewer is both confirming or denying that he has ever been so, a lot much less condoning such habits…) nevertheless, given the sequencing of occasions that play out, one would assume that is the specified impact; an impact made extra so by the 3D. Ironically sufficient, this movie makes the very best use of 3D since James Cameron s “Avatar”. This very self-aware and self-referential movie additionally pokes affectionate enjoyable of the tropes of the season, reminiscent of vacation “claymation” specials and Santa Claus himself.
Penn and Cho are so snug of their roles it looks like the six years in between movie had been solely yesterday (although the movie does present sly in-joke references to what the actors themselves have been as much as between the primary and second sequels). Trejo supplies comedic menace because the onerous to please father-in-law and Elias Koteas seems as an Ukrainian mob boss out to get our heroes for a perceived slight in opposition to his daughter. Any hazard they characterize is handled nearly casually. It exists to propel the story, as does the requisite message that friendships are ceaselessly and that change and rising up are inevitable however, in a stoner movie, they appear disposably tacked on. As common, Neil Patrick Harris (or “NPH”) steals the present but once more, his small sequence bringing on the largest quantity of snickers.
The Harold and Kumar movies are frivolously enjoyable, and the most recent entry is not any exception. It is essentially the most formidable in its scope and presentation, however ultimately its nonetheless a stoner Lucy and Ethel street journey movie, one which unfolds with a “nudge nudge, wink wink” invitation to the viewers to get in on the joke. The characters get excessive off weed, and the viewers will get excessive off the laughter. All in all, a good and equitable commerce.