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"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"

Action and Adventure. Rated R. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Photo by New Line Cinema

Kal Penn and John Cho in New Line Cinema's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas - 2011

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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I really enjoyed this movie a lot. It reminded me of the original Home Alone movie only if Kevin was a lot older. John Cho reprises his role as Harold and Kal Penn returns as Kumar. Patton Oswalt stars as the Mall Santa and Neil Patrick Harris plays himself in a supporting role. It has been three years since Harold and Kumar have been in a movie together and this is their third film overall.

I think one of the reasons why I like this movie is that it was shot almost entirely in metro Detroit. There are scenes of the skyline in New York City, but most of the filming that took place on the ground was in Michigan. I remember when the production took place in the middle of the summer and fake snow had to be brought in. Christmas wreaths lined Congress street in downtown Detroit in July 2010.

The opening scene features Kumar on Santa’s lap. That took place inside the Somerset Collection mall in Troy, Mich. The very next scene is Kumar looking inside the trunk of his car and I think that was filmed in the mall’s parking structure. Next thing we know, a package is dropped on the doorstep of Kumar’s apartment. It was addressed to Harold, but he moved out six years ago. Later, we find out it was Santa’s way of connecting the two once again.

Harold has grown up and now has a professional job, which requires him to wear a business suit. He owns a nice two-story home with his wife. Meanwhile, Kumar has not grown up. He still acts like a kid – doing drugs and smoking.

Kumar has a buddy of his drive him to Harold’s new house to drop off the package. Harold opens the door and invites Kumar inside. He notices the real Christmas tree near the picture window. Harold said there is no smoking in my new house. Kumar throws his cigar out the window, but it magically comes inside another window and the tree catches on fire. They tried to stop the fire, but it doesn’t work so both of them threw the Christmas tree out the window. That sets up the premise of the movie, where both of them are searching for a new Christmas tree to replace the one that burned.

Harold got upset and said he would take care of it himself and told Kumar to leave. Harold went driving around with his friend while Kumar went searching for a tree with his buddy. Harold and Kumar end up meeting again at a tree farm.

Do they end up eating at a White Castle like in their 2004 film? The answer is yes! They stopped at one in midtown Detroit because I could clearly see the Woodward Ave. sign in the window. White Castle is actually promoting the movie on their website. They are running a contest to ask fans for their best Harold & Kumar moment for a chance to win a $5,000 New York Film Academy scholarship.

There are a lot of twists and turns in the movie. Just when you think they are about to finally get a Christmas tree, something always happens to set them back.

Harold and Kumar got thrown into a Broadway holiday musical similar to the Rockettes. They dressed up as toy soldiers for that scene. Neil Patrick Harris was lead singer of the musical. Harold and Kumar thought that Harris could help them get a Christmas tree, but that didn’t work. You'll have to see the movie to find out if they ever get a Christmas tree.

The movie introduced a new holiday toy called the Wafflebot. It is a mechanical robot that makes waffles and puts syrup on them so you don’t get burned. I remember seeing it in the storefront windows on Congress St. where the movie was filmed in downtown Detroit. It is a very clever invention.

This is the first of the three Harold & Kumar films to be released in 3D. That means you will need to wear those plastic eyeglasses so things will jump out at you. You can also expect to pay more money to see the movie. AMC charged an additional $3 or $4 per ticket to see the film.

I really loved this movie. I hope everyone will go see it, especially people from Michigan just to see downtown Detroit in the background. I never saw the first two Harold & Kumar movies, but this one makes me want to rent the DVD so I can.

OVERALL RATING: A

 

Movie poster credit: New Line Cinema

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas movie poster

 

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