A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas(released Nov/11)stars John Cho as Harold Lee,Kal Penn as Kumar Patel,Neil Patrick Harris as "Neil Patrick Harris",Danny Trejo as Mr. Perez and many others.Everyone's favourite dysfunctional duo are back,and this time they're taking on Christmas.Nothing is sacred here as Santa,the Catholic religion,Neil Patrick's gender question,some off colour humour with some naughty parts exposed,and their usual fun with pot smoking are all topics for the comedy fodder machine.It's not your usual Christmas movie,but it's something a little different and off the wall,which will please most if not all H&K fans everywhere.
The story here finds that Harold and Kumar have not been talking for at least two years.Harold has a really good paying job and is married to a Hispanic girl.Kumar on the other hand is still bonged out and out of a job.His girlfriend of old has come by to tell him she is pregnant with his child but he is so out of it that she leaves in disgust.Harold meanwhile had his wife's relatives arriving for Christmas.The father is intimidating Danny Trejo,whose face looks like the dark side of the moon.Seems the father in law has brought his own Christmas tree and takes Harold's away,to Harold's chagrin.
What brings the two disparate plots,and guys,together is a package that comes to Kumar's place by mistake,that he delivers to his old friends house.Harold invites him inside,but Harold's pops- in-law's tree catches fire and is tossed through the front window.Harold is beside himself and Kumar leaves.Harold reserves a tree at a local lot,the last one left,and goes to get it.In the meantime Kumar has by happenstance seen said tree at the lot,and feeling sorry for his old buddy he stops and bribes the seller with triple the price and off he goes with it back to Harold's.But Harold just arrives after Kumar leaves and when asked where the tree is,the seller points to a speeding van.In the ensuing chase,the van flips over several times.Kumar is alright but the tree is gone forever when the van explodes.
The scene shifts to a party going on in an apartment across town where there is a tree available that Harold's friend said(lying)that he could have.Turns out the girl who is hosting the party is the daughter of a local Russian mobster,who comes home in not too good a state of mind.Everyone leaves and Kumar and Harold are suddenly on the guys hit list.They escape for the time being and seek out Neil P.Harris who is putting on a Christmas show in New York.They end up in his chorus line and hiding in his change room.They eventually are exposed,with Neil pretending he knew they were there all the time.It turns out the show has trees Neil is willing to give to the guys.
But this isn't to be as the two get kidnapped by the Russian mobster's gunmen.They manage to escape and standing outside they fire a shotgun into the air.It accidentally hits a passing Santa,who falls to Earth.As he lies there bleeding Kumar performs surgery on him and patches him up.Kumar returns to his ex girls home,apologizing for his behaviour and said he will even give up pot and return to his medical studies,for the chance to marry her.Harold returns home to find an anxious father in law awaiting his return.When questioned about the missing tree Harold tells him in no uncertain terms who he is and what he won't stand for any more.The father immediately comes around and he is now welcomed into his wife's family.The next morning a tree magically appears courtesy of Santa and Kumar and Harold are reunited again at Harold's Christmas party.
Along with all the aforementioned issues that H&K make fun of,there is always an undercurrent of love and respect between these two friends.If that wasn't there these movies wouldn't work.There are,as always,plenty of sight gags,some in good taste,others not.This is NOT a movie anyone under 18 years of age should be watching.Sometimes also the plot threads that connect one incident to another are so threadbare as to be see through,but you pardon those moments because you know these characters will either turn things around or screw up even more.This film was originally in 3D and the makers have obvious fun putting in,not subtle,but deliberate moments for the 3D film goers.
Technically speaking this film is in its w/s a/r of 2:35:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include a couple of additional scenes.
All in all,the fans of the H&K franchise should not be disappointed when they view this newest entry.It contains all the irreverent humour they have come to expect from a H&K film and with just that much more of their fun filled antics.The film is not Academy Award material,but it's not trying to be.Just have fun with it.Recommended.