Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris
Say this much for a Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas: It certainly helps you forget the duo’s second outing, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, ever happened.
This time around, the loveable honour roll stoners (John Cho and Kal Penn) are dealing with growing older and growing apart and taking on the holidays. The brisk comedy works best when it walks that fine line between skewering holiday classics and reveling in downright filth.
It’s a careful balance, and the filmmakers don’t always maintain it. (A tribute to a key scene in a Christmas Story involving a frozen pole and one of Harold’s more sensitive areas is particularly line-crossing.) But all in all, it’s good filthy fun.
Of course, what everyone’s really here for is some naughty Neil Patrick Harris action, as his cameo in the first film helped make it a cult classic and relaunch his career.
And he doesn’t disappoint here, poking fun at his public image and even getting husband David Burtka in on the fun. His slice of screen time, including a festive, kick-line-filled song and dance followed by NPH sexually assaulting a Rockette, is the highlight of the film.