'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas DVD Examiner.com review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Christmas films are primarily known for their heartwarming, family-friendly messages and innocent stories aimed at children. But when the story is aimed towards adults and includes sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, violence and of course, drug use, the film is undoubtedly a follow-up in the successful ‘Harold & Kumar’ series. The second sequel in the franchise, ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,’ which is now available on DVD at select Long Island Red Box locations, doesn’t fail to please fans of the title characters, who once again find themselves in a crazy, illegal adventure after smoking marijuana. While some of the movie’s jokes feel recycled, the overall message that friends can reunite after life takes them in different directions is not only surprisingly touching, but also offers several amusing pranks as well.
‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ picks up six years after the previous installment in the franchise, 2008′s ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.’ The title characters have been estranged for over two years, as their lives have taken very different courses; Kumar (played by Kal Penn) is unemployed, having failed a drug test required to enter medical school, and is still living in the same apartment he once shared with Harold (portrayed by John Cho). While Kumar has once again broken up with Vanessa (played by Danneel Harris), due to his immature ways, Harold is now married to Maria (portrayed by Paula Garges), and works on Wall Street.
The two title characters are preparing for their own respective holiday plans with their new friends, when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar’s apartment for Harold. Kumar brings the package to Harold’s house, and accidentally burns his former friend’s Christmas tree, which was brought over by Maria’s father, Mr. Perez (played by Danny Trejo). Wanting to impress his father-in-law and keep him happy, Harold takes Kumar to find a new tree. The two naturally embark on a wild journey throughout New York City, which of course includes another chance encounter with Neil Patrick Harris.
Fans of the ‘Harold & Kumar’ will be disappointed by the lack of extras available on the DVD. Little is shown about the interaction between the cast in the six-segment interview feature “Through the Haze with Tom Lennon,” in which he rants about the second sequel and his fellow actors. The short sequence “Bringing Harold & Kumar to Claymation Life” showcases how Strauss-Schulson created the Claymation sequence. The bonus features do also show more adventures between Harold and Kumar in three deleted scenes.
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