Review of Harold and Kumar’s Christmas Special!

Today I decided that I would do another movie review. I recently watched A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, and, being a huge fan of the series, I thought it deserved my attention. So if you would take a moment and hearken back to the original, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle,  you will remember a movie filled with laughs, marijuana, and miniature burger cravings. It was a straight to the point, genius comedy that left its audience dying with laughter. As I am sure many of you will agree, Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) was one of the most memorable characters from that film.

Four years later this was followed up with a very mediocre sequel titled Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. This film did not compare to the first one, but it still had its moments of hilariousness, and as usual, NPH made everything twice as funny.

Now with the release of the Christmas special, I am very torn. I can’t say that it is a bad film because I still laughed throughout the whole movie, but I feel like they did not put as much effort in as they did with the previous films. In this movie Harold has given up marijuana, he is a wealthy stockbroker and he finally has the girl of his dreams. He has not seen Kumar for years, but unfortunately for him, things soon change. Kumar jumps back into Harold’s life and accidentally sets fire to his father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree. They end up reunited on a quest to find a replacement tree, and in doing so, realize the problems they both have with their current lives.

Like all of the other films, this film is not short on the witty humor, but often it feels out of place and a bit lousy. They seem to find the fact that the film is in 3D to be a big enough joke on its own, and make remarks referring to it constantly throughout the film. Personally, I find 3D to be obnoxious and pointless for most films, especially a comedy like this, and I know they only did it to give people an excuse to see the film. This abuse of 3D only makes me less approving of the film, but I realize that it was important to make it a successful holiday release.

The story starts out good, but soon crashes and follows no particularly interesting sequence of events. NPH does make his return, and as usual, he is absolutely hilarious. But this is short lived, and the amount of funny quickly drops back down again. The movie ends with another useless life lesson that does not really instill any sense of realization, but instead leaves the audience waiting for the credits to roll so they can be done with the whole thing..

Although this film was definitely not the best in the series, it was still entertaining. I enjoyed it more than most holiday releases. What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Let me know in a comment!