Yule Love NPH In "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"

Yule Love NPH In "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"


Genre: Comedy

Premise: America's favorite potheads (Kal Penn and John Cho) return for a holiday-themed sequel.  This time around, the two estranged friends reunite to find the perfect Christmas tree before Harold's father-in-law (Danny Trejo) returns home from a Christmas Eve midnight mass.  Along the way, they encounter a Russian mobster, drugged-out baby, and Neil Patrick Harris, back from the dead as...himself.

Behind-the-Scenes: NPH's boyfriend in real life, David Burtka, cameos as the movie NPH's fake boyfriend - more on that in a second.

The Good:  NPH is only on screen for about 10 minutes, but he easily steals the show.  In a nifty bit of twisted meta, NPH riffs on his own homosexuality by playing a version of himself that only uses being "gay" as a way to score more drugs and women.  NPH owns it - single-handedly raising the rating by half a star.  Seeing that baby girl get accidentally high on coke, weed, and ecstasy is pretty funny.  The use of 3D is clever and fun - especially when the pot smoke is blown right in your face.

The Bad:  The rest of the movie is crude and juvenile, and fails to score enough laughs.  Most of the more outrageous bits (like Harold's penis getting stuck to a pole a la Christmas Story) must have sounded funnier on paper than they actually prove on screen.

Should You See It?:  NPH completists and fans of the first two films will enjoy it, but otherwise no.  In order of quality, it goes: White Castle > Christmas > Guantanamo Bay

Rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars.

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