Film: Harold and Kumar a non-stop laughfest


November 11th, 2011

Omaha, NE – With plenty of high-brow entertainment on the horizon this holiday movie season, our movie reviewers are taking a break with a film that focuses more on the high than the brow. The Reader’s Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood from the Movieha podcast have this review of A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.

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Ryan: How exactly does one critique a film like A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas?

Matt: Usually in a smoke-filled dorm room with descriptions like “whoa.”

The latest Harold and Kumar flick stars John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris.

Ryan: To be fair, just as Cheech and Chong became icons of a specific cultural era, so too have Harold and Kumar transformed into the marijuana-fueled slapstick clowns of this generation.

Matt: Following the same general formula of the first two films, in which John Cho and Kal Pen play generally kind souls who fall into ridiculous and often fantastical contrivances, this latest installment actually has a surprising message at its core, as the stoners are grappling with newfound responsibilities.

Ryan: Harold has become a successful businessman trying to start a family and impress his wife’s father, played by the menacing Danny Trejo wearing a glorious assortment of horrid Christmas Sweaters. Meanwhile, Kumar learns his girlfriend is great with child. The buddies, who had become estranged between the second and third films, reunite with one another and the comically debaucherous Neil Patrick Harris to fight Ukranian gangsters and intoxicate toddlers.

Matt: Complete with a critique of 3D, expressed by using the medium to ridiculous effect, this isn’t the sort of film that gets weighed on a scale of significance. The only thing that matters is whether or not there are still chuckles to be had in the antics of two one-note characters.

Ryan: The answer is yes…but barely. This isn’t a non-stop laughfest so much as it is a sporadically hilarious, consistently raunchy endeavor. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Matt: Every once and awhile it feels good to cast aside any semblance of forward thinking and just roll around in some surface-level, base comedy.

Ryan: Think of it as a palate cleanser, allowing you to get ready to dig in to the gigantic meal that awaits us shortly as award season ramps up.

Matt: That’s right. Think of this film as one that will give you the cinematic munchies for later.

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