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John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt, Danny Trejo ... see more see more... , David Burtka , Tom Lennon , Richard Riehle , Amir Blumenfeld , Paula GarcÚs , Danneel Harris , Bobby Lee , RZA , Elias Koteas , Eddie Kaye Thomas , David Krumholtz , Melissa Ordway , Davone McDonald , Shirley Benyas , Esteban Cruz , Marvin Cruz , Jordan Hinson , Bennett Saltzman , Yasen Peyankov , John Hoogenakker , Tristan Canning , Isabella Gielniak , Gabriella Dione , Ashley Coss , Chloe Coss , Hannah Coss , Ripper Brown , Jake M. Johnson , Austin Bickel , Inga Wilson , Allyson V. Lengers , Gabriel Anderson , Nelson Tyler , Tom Kruszewski , Steven A. Clark , Hilary Anderson , David Rife , Dave Davies , Dana DeLorenzo , Brett Gelman , Dan Levy , Evan Mann , Gareth Reynolds , Cassie Keller , Chernise Yvette Taylor , Fred Melamed

Following years of growing apart, Harold Lee (Cho) and Kumar Patel (Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious ... read more read more...package mistakenly arrives at Kumar's door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold's house ends with the "high grade" contents-and Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree-going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree takes them through party heaven-and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high. -- (C) Warner Bros

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DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012

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  • July 2, 2013
  • July 15, 2012
    This is a decently entertaining and adequate film, though, in the end, it's really not all that special. I think I liked it a little more than its predecessor, since it didn't take things to such an extreme level straddling the line between offensive funny and just offensively ba... read mored taste.

    Oh, believe me, there's some bad taste type of stuff here, it just didn't seem as overkill. I think this could have been a lot better had they come up with a far stronger and fresher script, but at least they got creative with the 3D (even if I did have to see it in 2D. Plus, they did seem to have fun by making it a Christmas movie (the claymation part is pure gold).

    Unlike part two which took place within an hour after the first, this one is set several years later. Harold and Kumar have drifted apart and have become estranged. Harold is a married man whose become a responsible straightlaced (read: boring) adult, while Kumar has remained the apathetic juvenile.

    Fate brings them together on Christmas Eve, and, after some typical shenanigans, the duo are forced to search for the perfect Christmas tree after Harold's father-in-law's prized one is destroyed. What follows is the typical madcap adventutre with all kinds of over the top nuttiness, vulgarity, and laughs, with some (but not too much this time) subtext thrown in for good measure. There's no Meloni cameo, but Elias Koteas does a good job in his place. Also, Danny Trejo wearing Christmas sweaters and playing against type (mostly) is one of the funniest things ever.

    All in all, an entertaining return, but not as awesome as it should have been. Still, it's short, not boring, and an okay way to spend some time.
  • June 8, 2012
    A surprise hit in my book.

    I've never seen the Harold & Kumar installments so maybe that's why this 3rd iteration was an enjoyable one for me. It's everything you could expect from a flick like this: Grotesque, abidingly crude, and vulgarity that's thrown in your face; it's also... read more a lot of fun.

    This offensive flick throws a lot comedic punches that, most of the time, misses, but every now and then, it finds a haymaker comes from nowhere and results in laugh out loud laughter. I found myself getting lost in gleeful laughter and hooked into the simple but entertaining narrative. Yeah, the 3D formatting is blatantly thrown in, and yes, it isn't the most fantastically well-thought-out film, but it shamelessly embraces all of it, suspending all kinds of beliefs from all over. It's a raunchy movie that doesn't care how ridiculously over-the-top things can get; it's here to entertain. With such an audacious full-front assault towards it's repulsive personality, obviously I had my gripes with the film, but not for it's offensive behavior; this eccentric execution usually comes coupled with poor technicalities and a real poor respect towards the art of filmmaking. Plus, it's simply not my type of movie.

    Nevertheless, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" took me by a wild surprise; my expectation was that equivalent to the more recent Van Wilder flicks. This is a profane caricature that draws its comedic value through its sarcastic outlook on everyday life. It's entertaining
  • fb619846742
    April 13, 2012
    A competently made sequel about everyone's favorite stoner-buddies and how they are reunited after two years, each feeling distant from one another, but willing to give their friendship one last shot. The laughs, as per the first sequel, are scatter-shot and lacking consistency, ... read morebut who cares? This is a pure stoner comedy that is very funny despite being really, really stupid. It does not possess the inescapable charm the first film had, but the pace is quick, the laughs are solid, and of course Santa Claus is involved somehow in a disrespectful way. Simply put, if you liked the first two, you will like this one as well. If you can't take perverse humor or a multitude of sex/drug jokes, you will probably hate it. Overall, I liked it, not enough to say it is completely worth watching, but it is enjoyable.
  • April 11, 2012
    Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Amir Blumenfeld, Paula GarcÚs, Danneel Ackles, Thomas Lennon, Danny Trejo, David Krumholtz, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Patton Oswalt, Elias Koteas

    Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

    Summary: When Kumar burns down Harold's family Christmas tr... read moreee on Christmas Eve, the stoner pals set out on a last-minute, pot-fueled quest through Manhattan to find a replacement tree, getting tangled up with mobsters and other shady characters along the way.

    My Thoughts: "I am a little disappointed. I was intending for this film to be much funnier. I didn't even laugh out loud once. I was really looking forward to this movie so it sucks that it was such a disappointment for me. The movie seemed to be trying to hard to be funny that it ended up being just smirk worthy. I'm a big fan of these films and I hope they make another one, and hopefully it's better."
  • February 22, 2012
    Probably better than the second one but that isn't saying anything. They made a bunch of Cheech and Chongs, and now we have 3 Harold and Kumars, Harold and Kumar #1 was hilarious, never had franchise potential. But since they made a second one, which was shatful, why not make ... read morea third one?
  • February 13, 2012
    Third entry in the Harold & Kumar trilogy is a rare example of a good effective comedy that still manages to be funny. This film manages to be just as funny as the first two films. I thought this film was hilarious from start to finish. I think that this film was a fine conclusio... read moren. This film had all the elements that made the first films good comedies. If you've enjoyed the first two films, then you're most likely going to enjoy this one. The film still plenty of good comedic bits for you to laugh and though the film sometimes is uneven, for the most part it succeeds where most sequels fail. I think that this comedy was just as good as the first two and that fans of the first two will enjoy this just as much. This film is a guaranteed good time. There's plenty of good jokes that keeps the film moving along. The cast are good, and make the film a must see for fans of the first two films. Personally, I think that this is the best Christmas film since Bad Santa. Standout elements of the film is the performance of Neil Patrick Harris. He always makes these films better than they are, and he's just as funny here as he was in the first two films. This film brings on the laughs and like the first two is a pleasant time waster. There's plenty of good things going for this film to appeal to the fans and in my opinion this is a fine way to close the series, as the ideas expressed on-screen are very good, fun and above all still funny. This series is the rare example of a comedic trilogy of films that still has enough wit to be entertaining fun.
  • February 4, 2012
    "Christmas comes prematurely"

    Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

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    Harold (John Cho) has put his stoner past behind him and, married to Maria, has adopted a very conventional lifestyle with a view to trying to ingratiate himself with her father (Danny Trejo, trading on his bad-ass screen persona). Specifically, he is put Kumar (Kal Penn) behind him, because Kumar is still deep in weed, which fact is responsible for the various mishaps they went through in the earlier films. When a package arrives at Kumar's apartment for Harold, and Kumar takes it to him, the immediate result is the burning down of the Christmas tree brought by Maria's father, followed by a panic stricken search for a replacement which, itself results in a number of prejudicial predicaments.

    I think part of the reason the first movie worked so well is because going to White Castle is, relatively, a very simple, ordinary trip. But when it's Harold and Kumar it becomes a very wild adventure. For this third movie, Harold and Kumar are back to turn a routine errand into a hair-raising, hazardous experience. Harold has to decorate a Christmas tree. But even though it may not have lived up to the previous ones, Harold and Kumar prove once again that as far as epic stoner comedies go, they can't be beat. This one left me sore from laughing, and with an itch to see more (even though, once again, I wasn't stoned). I strongly suggest you get a big group to go to this one; the more laughs around you, the funnier this movie will be.
  • January 28, 2012
    Christmas comes prematurely

    Funny! Where do they come up with so many funny nonsense? Wow. The story does not have much to offer you but dark humor and funny stuff, that's about it. If you liked the Harold and Kumar movies from before you will enjoy this one.

    Six years have el... read moreapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.
  • January 22, 2012
    Why in the name of Santa's nut sack didn't this come to the cinemas in Sweden? It would have been so great to see it in 3D and during the holiday season. But alas, I had to settle with the 2D rental version. After finally getting the chance to see it though, I have to say I'm a l... read moreittle disappointed. Not that I expected pure gold, but I was hoping it would be something more than just your average comedy. The stoner humor and raunchiness is still very much present, but there's been an evident shift in directing-style and degeneration of the jokes, which didn't sit too well with me. It's like waking up on Christmas morning and finding your stocking full of carbonized turds. It's not the Harold and Kumar I love and remember, but merely a bleak reflection of their former, pot-smoking glory. None of this can really be blamed on the actors though. Kal Penn and John Cho delivers the goods to the best of their ability, and Neil Patrick Harris preserves his status as one of the most awesome living legends of our time. So if anyone is to be accused of laziness, it's director Todd Strauss-Schulson, along with the four hacks who wrote the screenplay. In spite of all this, however, I had a fairly good time with it. There is enough fun gags to keep you entertained and I enjoyed how it spoofed its own use of 3D. Still a letdown, no doubt, but at least the dynamic duo haven't lost any of their R-rated charm. Because nothing says Christmas spirit like a magical joint delivered by Santa himself.

Critic Reviews

Tom Huddleston
December 6, 2011
Tom Huddleston, Time Out

For all its pretensions to bad taste, this is surprisingly heartwarming festive fare. Full Review

Dave McGinn
November 11, 2011
Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail

The laughs may not be as strong as they were the first time, and the sense of discovering something fantastically illicit may have faded to mellow, familiar charms that come with the occasional giggle... Full Review

Keith Uhlich
November 8, 2011
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

It contains the mother of all blunts, which, wouldn't ya know, burns down the Christmas tree that Harold's glowering father-in-law grew from a sapling. Full Review

Colin Covert
November 8, 2011
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

This film will stuff your stocking with profane, perverse, politically incorrect glee. Full Review

James Berardinelli
November 6, 2011
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

If there's a complaint to be made, it's that the humor could be less scattershot. Full Review

Richard Roeper
November 6, 2011
Richard Roeper, Richard

Of course it's offensive and crude. It's also hilarious at times. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
November 5, 2011
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

In its shaggy, pleasure-bombed, '80s-meets-2011 way, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is a deft and generous comedy... Full Review

Dana Stevens
November 4, 2011
Dana Stevens, Slate

This third movie, a proudly unambitious buddy comedy, brings the franchise back to home turf, both geographically and thematically. Full Review

Tom Long
November 4, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

Harold & Kumar is all about Cho and Penn, who make the doofus duo into likable, harmless, upbeat characters who happen to be blasted a good deal of the time. 3D Christmas is proudly ridiculous stuff. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
November 4, 2011
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

3D Christmas pushes the envelope of tastelessness while maintaining a cheery holiday glow. Full Review

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