Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

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Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris

     
 

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
If hot boxing with Cheech and Chong was the closest you've ever come to getting a contact buzz at the movies, the haze that wafts from the screen in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas will be enough to turn your eyes a jolly shade of red as you reach for another fistful of Jujubes in a fit of giggles. In addition to the amusing triple gimmick of being the very first 3D Christmas comedy for stoners, it's also an endearingly fun tale of renewed friendship that has both genuine heart, and one colossal clay-mation penis to boot. It's been a long time since Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) escaped from Guantanamo Bay, and these days they're just not as tight as they used to be. But as they each prepare to celebrate Christmas Eve with their new best buds, Kumar receives a very special delivery that should have gone to Harold. Always the dutiful friend, Kumar does his best to see that the package reaches its intended destination by the time sleigh bells start ringing. Unfortunately, while making the delivery Kumar causes Harold's family Christmas tree to go up in flames. Thankfully for Harold, the in-laws are away for the evening, giving him just enough time to track down a replacement and avoid the wrath of his wife's temperamental father. With the clock counting down to Christmas and the family returning home soon, Harold and Kumar race through New York City on a mad dash to find the perfect substitute tree. Once upon a time, Christmas movies were a family affair. But somewhere along the way -- perhaps with Silent Night, Deadly Night, or maybe with Die Hard -- movie producers realized there was good money to be made by catering specifically to the grown-up crowd as well. It wasn't long before Bad Santa was befouling the holiest of holidays, and now, Harold and Kumar take a shot at injecting a little irreverence into Christmas. The result, though it will likely never be played ad nauseam during the holidays thanks to a cocaine-addled toddler who makes Hunter S. Thompson look like a lightweight and twice as much male genitalia than A Christmas Story, is a spirited comedy that will almost certainly find a loyal cult following among more liberal-minded movie lovers. With extended gag scenes including a rollicking clay-mation segment and a hyper-stylized "plan" sequence that practically drenches viewers in Danny Trejo's DNA, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas does display brief flashes of comic inspiration, though it's ultimately better at maintaining a consistently merry vibe than it is at delivering gut-busting laughs. Still, screenwriters Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have been with the franchise since the very beginning. They know what fans want from the characters, and you can sense they're working hard to deliver without simply repeating themselves. A return appearance by series regular Neil Patrick Harris finds the writers having some fun with the actor's openly gay status while still playing up his ravenous appetite for debauchery and hard drugs; the aforementioned Trejo breathes some fresh life into the mix; and Wafflebot -- a hot-selling holiday toy -- manages to be simultaneously creepy and heroic while serving up some delicious syrupy treats. Reno 911! veteran Thomas Lennon scores some big laughs early on as the uptight father who has recently become Harold's new best friend, though he's all but forgotten once the estranged stoners get swept up in their quest to find the perfect Christmas tree. Enduring friendships are a rare and precious thing, and for those who can manage to see through the thick cloud of smoke, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas does offer a heartwarming, fitfully hilarious tale of two pals who manage to rekindle a waning friendship after years of drifting apart. And while that might not have much to do with Christmas, it's a playful way to emphasize the value of good will in a time when some folks seem all too willing to let lasting friendships die without a fight.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
UPC:
0794043152245
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
32,382

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cho Harold
Kal Penn Kumar
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris
Patton Oswalt Mall Santa
Danny Trejo Mr. Perez
David Burtka David Burtka
Tom Lennon Todd
Richard Riehle Santa Claus
Amir Blumenfeld Adrian
Paula Garcés Maria
Danneel Harris Vanessa
Bobby Lee Kenneth Park
RZA Lamar
Elias Koteas Sergei Katsov
Eddie Kaye Thomas Rosenberg
David Krumholtz Goldstein
Melissa Ordway Gracie
Da'Vone McDonald Latrell
Shirley Benyas Nana Perez
Esteban Cruz Pepe Perez
Marvin Cruz Timo Perez
Jordan Hinson Mary
Bennett Saltzman Boris
Yasen Peyankov Yuri
John Hoogenakker Gustav
Tristan Canning Noah
Isabella Gielniak Caren
Gabriella Dione Inez Perez
Ashley Coss Ava
Chloe Coss Ava
Hannah Coss Ava
Ripper Brown St. Peter
Jake Johnson Jesus
Austin Bickel Kid in Line
Inga Wilson Mom in Line
Allyson V. Lengers Waffleboat Kid
Gabriel Anderson Waffleboat Kid
Tyler Nelson Teen
Tom Kruszewski Teen
Steven A. Clark Teen
Hilary Anderson Hot Teenage Girl
David Rife White Castle Employee
Dave Davies Church Security Guard
Dana DeLorenzo Becca the P.A.
Brett Gelman TV Director
Dan Levy Reporter
Evan Mann Heaven's Bartender
Gareth Reynolds Heaven's Bartender
Cassie Keller Topless Angel
Chernise Yvette Taylor Topless Angel

Technical Credits
Todd Strauss-Schulson Director
Nicole Abellera Casting
Ramsey Avery Art Director
Michael Barrett Cinematographer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Kymber Blake Makeup
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Samuel J. Brown Executive Producer
Michael Disco Executive Producer
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Hurwitz Co-producer,Screenwriter
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Eric Kissack Editor
Kelli Konop Co-producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Jonathan McCoy Co-producer
John McKeown Asst. Director
Courtney Miller Choreography
Nicole Brown Executive Producer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
William Ross Score Composer
Hayden Schlossberg Co-producer,Screenwriter
Greg Shapiro Producer
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Scott D. Smith Sound Mixer
Russell Tyrrell Special Effects Supervisor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
1. Chapter 1 [9:30]
2. Chapter 2 [12:12]
3. Chapter 3 [9:03]
4. Chapter 4 [8:33]
5. Chapter 5 [10:04]
6. Chapter 6 [8:02]
7. Chapter 7 [3:13]
8. Chapter 8 [8:24]
9. Chapter 9 [12:08]
10. Chapter 10 [8:19]

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