*******www.innovativecommunications.tv Back for some more stoner laughs, it’s time for “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”. I’m Keith Kelly. My review-coming up right now.
We first met odd couple buddies Harold and Kumar in their weed inspired quest to pig out on White Castle hamburgers. It was a hilariously outrageous romp, a sort of multi-cultural Cheech and Chong meets the 21st century, and it helped reinvent Neil Patrick Harris as a comedy bad boy. Next up, they were mistaken for terrorists and sent to Guantanemo Bay. I never got around to seeing that one-but the word on the street was-not as good as the first.
Their latest adventure is a raunchy 3D Christmas tale, which tries really hard to be one of the funniest and most shocking holiday films ever made. Unfortunately, it’s a mostly lackluster escapade. Harold and Kumar have both moved on in their lives, and are no longer best buds. Harold is married, hard working and successful-and has laid off the pot. Kumar is fatter, still lazy, and still stoned. A mysterious Christmas gift reunites them, leading to a search for the perfect Christmas tree. Another crazy, madcap night ensues.
There are lots of raunchy comedic set-ups in this film-a drugged 2 year old, a spoof on the Claymation holiday classics, a painful parody of a scene from “A Christmas Story”, and a musical number featuring Neal Patrick Harris and the boys-but none of them really deliver the belly laughs as they should. Lots of smiles, one “laugh out loud” moment-but not a continuous laugh riot. It’s a shame, because Cho and Penn have great chemistry together, and the supporting cast is filled with some funny people. But the wacky charm of the first film is just not there. The running gags drag on too long and don’t fully deliver. I’m not saying this is a horrible comedy- but maybe you need to imbibe like Harold and Kumar to fully get the most out of this latest entry. You do need to see the film in 3D to take advantage of some of the sight gags-like pot smoke rings blown into 3D space, or cocaine floating in slow-motion like snow flakes-but otherwise it’s a “wait for the DVD” kind of movie. I give “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, a grade of “C+”. I’m Keith Kelly.
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