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Harold and Kumar turn their spliff-based adventures on the family holiday season here, with enough laughs to see things through, just.

It’s six years since they made their break from Guantanamo, and things have changed. Harold (Cho) has given up the weed and decided to pursue a career, suit, tie and all. Kumar has decided to… well he has pretty much decided to do nothing differently, and keeps smoking away the day, even as the big 3-0 approaches. Accordingly, the two have gone their separate ways. A stray package though arrives at Kumar’s doorstep prompting him to get in touch with his estranged former-partner in crime, and the reunion leads the two back down the predictably shambolic path they had been down so many times before.



A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas takes its own anarchic spin on the yuletide season - Santa gets shotgunned out of the sky, a hunt for a Christmas tree leads to a toddler getting repeatedly high and Neil Patrick Harris smuts things up as a sexually-predatory Neil Patrick Harris. The 3D presentation is used to dramatic effect to show a man getting pelted in the face with eggs, as well as to ensure a number of penises  - animated and prosthetic (we hope) – protrude from the screen too. 



It’s not as anti-Christmas a film as this sounds though, with Harold trying to find the perfect Christmas tree to appease his festively-fixated father-in-law-to-be Danny Trejo. He doesn’t so much learn the ‘value’ of Christmas, but he does come to a realisation that a life without weed-induced chaos is the life he wants, which suggests there might not be much of a future for these two stoners from here on in. 



Penn and Cho though struggle to convince as the intellectually-slack dunderheads of old, one of the best gags referencing this and in particular Penn’s involvement with the White House in recent years as an on-again-off-again Public Engagement officer. Sometimes the puerile and the sincere sit together a little uneasily too, but this film was never intended to deliver any profound, Wonderful Life-lite Christmas message.  What it does deliver is a little festive cheer and a just-about-adequate side portion of laughs too. It’s not a classic, not even by the Harold and Kumar’s stoner-standards, but it’s diverting enough for someone looking for a new Christmas movie. It’s not exactly this year’s Bad Santa though. 



Good for: Cheech and Chong fans with a glass of eggnog in their hand. 



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Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Danny Trejo | 18 | 89mins


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