The Twenty-First Century

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas [2011]

If you’ve seen “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” or the first sequel, “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” then you’ll know exactly what to expect from this second sequel, except that it’s set around the holidays. I’ve never been a fan of the series, even though the first one became something of a cult hit. But that was back in 2004. Now years later and nothing much has changed. Kumar, played once again by Kal Penn, is still a pot-smoking kid at 30, whose girlfriend would ditch him only she has just learned she is pregnant. Harold on the other hand is living the American dream with the beautiful house and a Latina wife who’s ovulating. “Fuck a baby into me, Harold,” she says at some point. You get the idea. There is a plot hidden somewhere, but it’s never really about the plot when it comes to Harold and Kumar. We’re getting more of the same here, but with more offensive jokes. If the sight of a baby covered in powdered cocaine offends you, then you’ll probably stay away from this threequel (and maybe it’s for the best). The openly gay Neil Patrick Harris reprises his role (even though he died in the previous movie) and once again, he’s not afraid to poke fun of himself. This, in my opinion, is when “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas” is at its best. The rest of the film feels awfully disjointed and silly. But then again so’s the sole idea of this franchise. Overall, there’s nothing terribly wrong with this sequel, but there’s nothing trippingly right with it either. And by the end, we learn that there’s still at least one more film to come. I say enough already.

Rating: 2/4

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