A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas begins innocently enough. Harold is married to his earlier movie sweetheart, Maria (Paula Garces), and they are trying to have a baby. Kumar, meanwhile, is still up to his old tricks in terms of his way of life. It has been six years, it is established, since Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Our favorite friends haven’t seen or spoken to each other in years. A magical package arrives at Kumar’s apartment that he used to share with Kumar, and the Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas journey begins.
There are journeys through encounters with the Russian Mob, car explosions, crazy Claymation sequences and the return of the always affable Neil Patrick Harris, as his NPH Harold and Kumar persona (and stealing the entire movie with his panache).
What could offend some is plenty in the world of A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. But, what would a Harold and Kumar film be without provocation? This is not only a film that pushes boundaries of movies period, but it also does so within the context of a Christmas movie. Yes, it could be seen as shocking as evidenced by the Red Band trailer. As handled by the creative team behind the Harold and Kumar franchise, that is balanced out by a feel good spirit that is contagious. In the end, this is a movie about the bonds of friendship.
Tom Lennon is a stellar addition to the Harold and Kumar world. Lennon is Harold’s white bread, “I’ll Skype You Later” friend. The comic genius of the actor is on full display and he steals every scene he’s in. Although he spends most of the film anchored to a baby, Lennon manages to fly with the comedy angels providing laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film.
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is the perfect escape, the best Harold and Kumar yet, and surprisingly a source for 3D done right righteousness.