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A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas



John Cho
Kal Penn
Neil Patrick Harris
Danneel Harris
Paula Garcés

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

If you don’t mind the crude humor and some blasphemy, you will like this movie. Imagine a high baby running around, a “not gay” gay Neil Patrick Harris.

This movie is dialed down a little from the former prequels when it comes to idiot-i-city, with both Harold and Kumar acting more matured and responsible. This movie comes in second best in the trilogy after Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004).

How often do we get a Christmas movie just for the adults and not have to sit through a lame PG-13 Christmas Vacation gone wrong? This movie is made for 18 and above and it was made to thrill and not to impress.

Other than getting to White Castle or Escaping From Guantanamo Bay, this time Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), are on an adventure that has to deal with them saving Christmas. Their adventure started after they burnt down the 12 feet Christmas tree given to Harold by his father-in-law, Mr Perez (Danny Trejo). These two reunite and we see that Harold has matured into a family man quit smoking weed and is a committed 9 to 5 man. Kumar on the other hand was still smoking weed and living the regular Kumar life.

The movie has so much trash talk, and the emphasis on weed and Cocaine has never been so funny. If you have not seen any of the former movies, you might not be used to the alternate universe of Neil Patrick Harris as himself only dumber than the previous time.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson and writers of the franchise Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg use all form of Christmas cliché’s in what you may call art.
The movie also introduces something we have not seen in the previous movies, a Clay Motion sequence, which comes in well-timed and gives good laughs as we watch the duo run amok from a Snowman.
Brace yourself for an also fun action sequence that involves rotten eggs been thrown at someone. The duos more matured view of adult life is what carried them through to the end without once making you feel like you are watching the old Harold and Kumar.

In the end, for me even though the movie is all rusty and all muddled up and it will never be a Christmas classic for many, it will always be one awesome movie for me, to watch again at any time of the year, it also includes a Christmas miracle.

And before I forget Harold shot Santa…


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