A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

John Cho, left, and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
It takes a lot for a mainstream comedy to get an ‘18’ rating these days, but getting a three-year-old nutted on cocaine seems to have done the trick. The first ‘Harold & Kumar’ film was a sweet, low-key stoner comedy, the second a crass slapstick romp and this third instalment falls somewhere between the two. Like the first movie, it’s firstly a well observed tale of friendship, as our estranged heroes (John Cho and Kal Penn) bond over bongs and blunts while searching for the perfect Christmas tree to appease Harold’s Latino gangster father-in-law (Danny Trejo – who else?). As before, the film’s strengths are two likeable leads, a self-mocking cameo from Neil Patrick Harris and some witty observations on race in America, bolstered here by a surprisingly inventive use of 3D. It’s not quite smart or funny enough – and some of the gross-out gags cross the line – but for all its pretensions to bad taste, this is surprisingly heartwarming festive fare.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday December 9 2011
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Todd Graff
Screenwriter: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Cast: Bobby Lee
John Cho
Kal Penn
Neil Patrick Harris

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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long cat

Hugely enjoyable totally offensive movie (if you are that way inclined). The £D effects work well in this compared to some others (though I feel the fad is on overkill now). The story is basic enough but the gags are real fun and offend just about everyone.But who cares - its only a film.

long cat

Hugely enjoyable totally offensive movie (if you are that way inclined). The £D effects work well in this compared to some others (though I feel the fad is on overkill now). The story is basic enough but the gags are real fun and offend just about everyone.But who cares - its only a film.

Marsellus

Watched this last night and was not as impressed as I thought I'd be. After a good 2nd film, I was really expecting to laugh a lot more than I did. The 3D thing was completely pointless (as usual). The NPH cameo was a highlight as was the 'stuck to a pole' bit (you'll undertstand that part if you've seen it). Other than this, it was pretty forgettable.