A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This film recounts the third surreal adventure of a pair of likeable Asian-American potheads. This time the boys (now men) manage to shoot Santa Claus, then save him (and Christmas) with emergency medical treatment. Years ago I enjoyed the first Harold and Kumar film, but I later found the second one to be generally lacking in humor and energy except during the scenes with Neil Patrick Harris. This one returns to the high octane silliness of the original, and it's damned funny, especially NPH, who is brilliant again as a Bizarro-world version of himself. The film is ingenious in its use of animation and special effects. The lads have a new sidekick: a robot whose only imperatives are to make waffles and protect Kumar. There's also plenty of ironic use of 3D, and a semi-ironic claymation scene which mimics the Stay-Puft Marshmallow sequence in Ghostbusters.

The film also has a good heart to go with its jokes, and together those elements form the sine qua non of Scoopy amusement. And I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it. It's rated a very solid 7.2 at IMDb, which makes it the highest in the series, although all three scores are similar (7.1, 6.7, 7.2). It pulled in 72% positive reviews per Rotten Tomatoes, which is just about as high as an offensive, lowbrow stoner film is ever going to get.

But I'll be damned if I know anybody I'd recommend it to.

Let me explain:

It's a sentimental family Christmas movie which carries a hard R rating for good reasons. So you tell me - excepting me, who the hell is the audience for this thing?

The people who are out looking for a warm film with sentimental messages about Christmas, friendship, and faithfulness in marriage will find all those things. They will also find graphic violence, sex, nudity, obscene language, drug abuse, casual child endangerment, and a scene which ridicules Jesus. (What could be more Christmassy than that?)

The people who are looking for a stoner film will find all the necessary elements here, but those people are the dudes who ridicule their parents for watching It's A Wonderful Life. Underneath its silly, gritty exterior, this film IS It's A Wonderful Life.

Unsurprisingly, the film receives its highest IMDb scores from males under 18. In other words, The people who would most enjoy a stoner Christmas film are too young to get into the theater for an R-rated movie.

So the entire target audience for the theatrical run consists of emotionally retarded adults like me. What did sensible people think? The top 1000 voters at IMDB, who obviously expected this to be a long-lost Tarkovsky film, rated this film a weak 5.5 out of 10.

So I'm not really expecting a $200M blockbuster here. Because holiday films have a longer-than-average shelf life, this one may manage to top the theatrical receipts amassed by the previous film in the series, which grossed $38M, but I wouldn't bet on it. It should do much better on cable and/or DVD, where the teenagers in the real target audience will be able to watch it with impunity. Assuming that "impunity" comes from the Latin root meaning "giggle weed."

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2.5 Roger Ebert (of 4 stars)
72 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
61 Metacritic.com (of 100)


7.2 IMDB summary (of 10)
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Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $19 million for production. It opened with a $12m weekend, and seems to be headed for the $35-40 range, thus matching its predecessor.


  • Paula Garces: thong

  • Cassie Keller and Chernise Yvette - breasts

  • Unidentified nuns - full nudity.


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Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


First-rate genre fare, but no crossover appeal.