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Watch: Santa Gets Shot In The Face In Trailer For 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 11, 2011 1:58 AM
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When "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" first arrived it was a blast of fresh air. It was an R-rated comedy with two non-white leads with the entire plot centered around two very stoned guys who get the munchies and go on a quest for some sliders. Simple, stupid and very successful. But whatever unique flavor that film had was immediately traded in for just being another run-of-the-mill raunch fest, as the unfunny, nearly unwatchable sequel "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" just tried to go for extreme gross-out gags with one as unfunny as the last. Which brings us to the latest effort, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," which pretty much plays as yet another sub-"The Hangover" stab at being provocatively funny.

First off, joking that 3D is over in the trailer doesn't forgive the fact the movie is unnecessarily and obnoxiously in three dimensions, with plans to make ping pong balls, flying teeth and probably boobs fly by your face. Anyway, the story, such as it is, finds our two leads shooting Santa in the face and then going on a quest for a replacement for Harold's Dad's prize Christmas tree after they accidentally torch it. Neil Patrick Harris is still sleazily alive, things get Claymated and somebody says Avatarded because it was probably culturally relevant when Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote the script. Anyway, aside from feeling rather stale this also just looks pretty bad with poorly shot and cheap looking sets -- it seems like they made it for less money than the first film.

Anyway, it will arrive with plenty of time to catch the holiday crowds looking for cheap, easy laughs. It opens on November 4th.

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  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 11, 2011 12:57 PMReply

    When I say "Guantanamo Bay" is awful I mean it -- I turned it off after about twenty minutes. Painfully unfunny.

  • Ryan Sartor | August 11, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    I thought the write-up on this was pretty harsh. I recently watched "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" a second time and I remembered it not being good, but I actually thought it was pretty funny on second viewing.

    I'd also rather see John Cho and Kal Penn doing this sort of thing than Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.

    Also, I'm a sucker for most any Christmas movie though, so I'm biased in that way.

  • Sean | August 11, 2011 12:01 PMReply

    Looking past that the always awesome Patton Oswalt and Elias Koteas are in this, this looks baaaaaaaaad.
    And hey, Community did it first guys. Good job stealing.

  • Kristina Marsh | August 11, 2011 9:40 AMReply

    I hope John Cho gets Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris to have cameos in Star Trek 12.

  • Christopher Bell | August 11, 2011 4:20 AMReply

    I too enjoyed Guantanamo Bay, wasn't as good as the original but Cordry was pretty incredible in it.

    That said, this looks awful. What did they shoot this on?

  • jp | August 11, 2011 3:39 AMReply

    how about Jake Johnson as Jesus? Gotta count for something.

  • Fred | August 11, 2011 2:48 AMReply

    I must weigh in with the editor/author: Guantanamo was a huge waste of potential...Edward is right about the presence of absurdity but the playout of the material just rendered it a disaster to me. Almost an example that the third can only improve from there (hopefully.)

  • Burgus | August 11, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    If your going to use 3D.. Just have fun with it.. Like Piranha and this movie..

  • off | August 11, 2011 2:20 AMReply

    talk about jumping the gun. buzz for this is through the roof. supposedly it's better than the original. and what's not to like about the trailer? it focuses on tone and the fourth wall rather than giving up the plot. don't let a minor sequel fog your opinion. this has hit written all over it.

  • jimmiescoffee | August 11, 2011 2:15 AMReply

    i really hope this is awesome.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 11, 2011 1:48 AMReply

    Between this and Zohan....yr freaking me out Ed.....

  • Edward Davis | August 11, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    Kevin, i love you, but this is a bit off. Guantanamo Bay is awesome stupid humor. Fun fucking movie, i laughed my balls off at some of the absurdity to it. Ed Helms and Rob Corddry are fucking amazing in it. Give it another spin.

  • Ryan Sartor | August 11, 2011 1:08 AMReply

    Fair enough.

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