A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – 3 stars
In my house, we have a few Christmas rituals, including a slate of television shows and movies we must watch on or near the holiday. The shows are sacrosanct; “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Grinch.” The movies have always included such staples as A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version) and A Christmas Story. It’s a Wonderful Life tends to be seen bi-annually, and it can be watched at Thanksgiving. The most recent additions have been Elf and, of course, that holiday heartwarmer, Die Hard.
My boy and I gave A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas its audition. Harold and Kumar are much funnier than Cheech and Chong, and in this third installment of their stoner oeuvre, a baby gets stoned, does coke, and ecstacy; Neil Patrick Harris attempts to pleasure himself on an unsuspecting chorus girl who he is massaging (the joke? Doogie’s Howser’s homsexuality is really just a ruse to take advantage of vulnerable women); the 3D is used mostly for the shooting of bodily fluids at the screen; Harold gets his penis stuck to a cold pole ala’ A Christmas Story; and then he shoots Santa in the head.
Let’s just say it’s on the bubble.
The only Christmas ritual I absolutely insist on every year is a viewing of the unexpurgated Bad Santa.
Waiting for my son to be old enough for that classic.