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  • Summary: The new Harold & Kumar comedy picks up six years after the duo's last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar's door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold's house ends with the "high grade" contents—and Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree— going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree almost blows Christmas Eve sky high. (Mew Line Cinema)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 3, 2011
    Merrily outrageous, over-the-top fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 2, 2011
    The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 3, 2011
    Because the "Harold & Kumar'' universe seesaws so delicately between the subversively smart and the ineffably stupid, even the lamest jokes get a witty spin - and even the cleverest ideas can turn into groaners.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Nov 3, 2011
    Think of it as"Airplane"! with controlled substances.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 8, 2011
    This is no family-friendly "Peanuts" special.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 3, 2011
    What you would expect from the third film in an unlikely franchise: less of the same.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 3, 2011
    We're getting more of the same, but less of the impact, like weed from a bad dealer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    This movie was very funny. The problem was that it was very short but it was indeed very funny. They made good use of the 3-D and some of the parts were entertaining. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas takes place about 3 years after the Guantanamo Bay movie and Harold and Kumar are reunited again to endure a journey unlike any other. The jokes were really funny, and the vulgarity was great as well. The plot wasn't as exciting as the second one but then again what else are you gonna do. Neil Patrick Harris is barely in it even though he is on the front cover of the DVD and his part was definitely one of the better parts of it. Go buy this movie and get the guys together because the women won't be there. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2012
    It lives up to the first film (White Castle) and then some. I really enjoyed it and thought it did a good job at exploiting 3D (something they joke about in the film when they first use 3D). Its hilarious through out and Neil Patrick Harris is amazing (as always). A suprisingly good stoner comedy that is well worth the watch. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2012
    I love the first two but even so I was hesitant to even watch it. But I'm very glad I did. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas delivers laugh after laugh just as the previous two did. And what would a Harold & Kumar be without a hilarious appearance from NPH! Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2014
    These movies just keep getting better and better. It's not that the story is any less ridiculous or raunchy, it's that the actors have gain experience. When the series started, both John Cho and Kal Penn were virtual newcomers, but now they've been in some big films and TV shows. The pair are much better actors than they were in the first film and are better equipped to pull off the ridiculousness. In their third film, Harold and Kumar have actually been estranged for a while. When a mysterious package shows up for Harold at Kumar's apartment, the two are brought back together and are forced to work together to solve a problem. Everything you saw in the first two films and everything you've come to love about Harold & Kumar are back, including THE Neil Patrick Harris. There aren't many surprises here, by now you basically know what you're going to get with these films. What is new, is the Director, Todd Strauss, who actually does add a few interesting things to the film. Harold and Kumar is a lot of laughs, in a ridiculous story, filled with drugs, and alcohol. If you didn't like the first two films, you won't like this one any better, but for what it's worth, I dare you to watch it and tell me you didn't laugh out loud at least once. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    In 1999, American Pie had its main character violate a warm apple pie. In 2003, Billy Bob Thornton portrayed the most offensive, self-destructive, and felonious Santa anyone has ever imagined. Now, attempting to grab the mantle of the most provoking and/or distasteful movie ever is A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. There are topless angels hanging out with Jesus, naked, lesbian nuns lathering each other in the shower, and a baby who imbibes so many illegal substances it will probably will not sober up for the next decade.

    The 3D in the title is a gimmick. It is not subtle and it is not there to emphasize action sequences or dazzle the audience with its spatial abilities. It is there to assault the audience. One character, while obviously hawking a brand name mentioned 3D television set and all of its revolutionary gee-whiz characteristics, points at the audience to remind them early on that â
  7. Nov 12, 2011
    Crap! This movie was total crap. Hollywood truly sucks right now. They spew out mindless, unimaginative, and tasteless garbage and pay critics to say it's good, or "hilarious" (seriously Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times??? A 90???). I went to see this movie based solely on the Metacritic score, and boy did this score miss the mark! It was tedious, boring, tired, poorly written, directed, acted...etc. The ONLY time I chuckled (or anyone else in the theatre chuckled) was during the clay-mation sequence. That's it! AVOID THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS! Expand

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