A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
|A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Todd Strauss-Schulson|
|Produced by||Greg Shapiro|
|Written by||Jon Hurwitz
Neil Patrick Harris
|Music by||William Ross|
|Edited by||Eric Kissack|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Box office||$35,387,212 |
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is a 2011 3D stoner comedy Christmas film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and starring John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris. The main plot follows Harold (Cho) and Kumar (Penn), two estranged friends who embark on an adventure to find a new Christmas tree after Kumar destroys the original. It is a sequel to the 2008 film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and the third installment in the Harold & Kumar film series. The film was released on November 4, 2011, and is the first installment of the series to be shown in 3D.
Six years after escaping Guantanamo Bay, best friends and roommates Harold Lee and Kumar Patel have since gone their separate ways. Harold has become a successful businessman on Wall Street, has given up smoking cannabis, and has married his girlfriend Maria. Kumar on the other hand is poor, and still lives in the messy apartment he once shared with Harold. Kumar has recently been dumped by his girlfriend Vanessa, who arrives at Kumar's apartment to inform him that she is pregnant with his child. Maria's father and Harold's father-in-law Mr. Perez, decides to stay at Harold and Maria's house for the Christmas holiday. Mr. Perez, who doesn't like Harold, also brings over his prized Christmas tree that he had been growing for eight years, and gives Harold a small lecture about the tree's importance, which involves a story about how his mother was killed by "Korean punks" one week before Christmas. Kumar receives a package with Harold's name on it at his apartment, and decides to deliver it to Harold. At Harold's house, they discover the item inside to be a large marijuana joint.
Kumar, lights it up, but Harold, who has given up drugs, throws it out of the window, only for it to land in the tree, burning it down. Harold learns that Kumar's new friend Adrian is attending a party with a Fraser Fir Christmas tree, and promises that he, along with Harold's new best friend Todd, and Kumar, will drive him to the party on the condition that Harold can have the tree. They arrive at the party, when a girl named Mary attempts to seduce Harold. It turns out that Mary is the daughter of a Ukrainian mob kingpin named Sergei Katsov who sends two of his men to kill them, believeing his daughter to have been raped by Harold and Kumar. The duo successfully make it out of the building, without the Christmas tree, and run into Rosenberg and Goldstein, two of their friends, for the first time in years. Harold and Kumar plan to steal a tree from a church, but ultimately end up participating in a Christmas show featuring Neil Patrick Harris, who was believed to be dead after being shot outside a Texas whorehouse six years earlier. Harris reveals that he did die, but had been kicked out of Heaven by Jesus Christ. Harris hooks the pair up with a Christmas tree, and a Wafflebot.
The two make their way to Harold's house to put up the tree, but end up being kidnapped by two of Katsov's men, only to have Wafflebot save them. After accidentally shooting Santa Claus in the head, Kumar, who has medical training, gives him emergency surgery. In exchange for saving his life, Santa agrees to drive the two back to their homes in his sleigh. Harold arrives home, only to be encountered by Mr. Perez, who is irate when he discovers his Christmas tree is gone. Harold explains that he may not be the perfect son-in-law, but he is the perfect guy for Maria. Mr. Perez then says that he always knew Harold was a nice guy, he just wanted to make sure that he had "cojones" before accepting him into his family. Harold and Kumar rekindle their friendship, Kumar and Vanessa rekindle their romance, and Kumar tells Vanessa that he will re-take the exams to become a doctor, for the sake of their unborn child. Maria discovers that she is pregnant on Christmas morning and that Santa has left a replacement tree in their lounge. Harold decides to smoke pot again, and he and Kumar share a joint. The film ends with Santa smoking a bong while riding his sleigh.
- John Cho as Harold Lee
- Kal Penn as Kumar Patel
- Neil Patrick Harris as "Neil Patrick Harris"
- Danny Trejo as Mr. Perez
- Danneel Harris as Vanessa Fanning
- Elias Koteas as Sergei Katsov
- Paula Garcés as Maria Perez-Lee
- Thomas Lennon as Todd
- Patton Oswalt as Larry Juston/Mall Santa
- Eddie Kaye Thomas as Andy Rosenberg
- David Krumholtz as Seth Goldstein
- Amir Blumenfeld as Adrian
- Richard Riehle as Santa Claus
- Jordan Hinson as Mary
- John Hoogenakker as Gustav
- Jake Johnson as Jesus
- Bobby Lee as Kenneth Park
- Yasen Peyankov as Yuri
- Melissa Ordway as Gracie
- RZA as Lamar
- Da 'Vone McDonald as Latrell
- Brett Gelman as T.V. Director
- David Burtka as David Burtka
In April 2009, Kal Penn accepted the position of Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison in the Obama administration; when asked if his new job would mean no more Harold and Kumar films, he said, "That's probably true for now." However, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas was announced on May 7, 2009, for release on December 5, 2010 at the earliest and possibly deferred to the 2011 holiday season. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg returned to write the film while Todd Strauss-Schulson directed and Greg Shapiro returned as producer. Penn left his job with the White House on June 1, 2010 to reprise his role as Kumar in the third Harold & Kumar installment.
Filming took place in Detroit, Michigan, then Los Angeles and New York City from June to August 2010, with the use of Panavision Genesis and Element Technica 3D Rig. The film was released in RealD 3D on November 4, 2011. Animators of Laika created the clay animation scene.
Reviews of the film were positive. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 69% of 121 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.2 out of 10. The website's consensus is, "Still raunchy, still irreverent, and still hit-and-miss, this Harold & Kumar outing also has a Christmas miracle: The audience gets to see the sweeter side of the duo." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 61 based on 28 reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale.
During its first weekend, the film opened at third place behind Puss in Boots and Tower Heist, grossing approximately $13.1 million and underperforming its prediction of $18 million. The film has earned a total of $35,061,031 in North America as of January 12, 2012.
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