'Tis the season, and what better way to celebrate than by watching a Christmas movie from 2011 that took a year to come out on Blu-Ray? This country is silly like that. Anyway, since I missed it at the cinema, now I finally had the chance to watch the latest instalment in the Harold & Kumar stoner movie franchise.
It's been a few years since we followed out intrepid duo through their last drug-fuelled adventures, and now they're living very different lives. Kumar is a depressed stoner living alone in his apartment, while Harold is expecting his wife Maria's family over to his extravagant house for Christmas. But when Kumar comes along and burns down the Christmas tree that Harold's father-in-law grew, they are forced to hunt down another in New York City.
Really, it's the same old Harold & Kumar formula, but that's by no means a bad thing. A load of drugs, immature sex jokes, over the top violence and Neil Patrick Harris all return, but this time they're presented in full, very self-aware 3D. Pretty much every puff of weed comes out of the TV, and various other violent and over the top set pieces are used to throw as much stuff in your face as possible.
There are a lot of great faces scattered throughout this movie too. Danny Trejo, Patton Oswalt, Thomas Lennon, and of course, Neil Patrick Harris all turn in great performances. It's an over the top slapstick adventure, which while lacking in character depth, is certainly entertaining. That's not to say I was laughing the whole way through. Some of the humour is quite immature, and is often hit or miss, but I certainly laughed a lot more than I was expecting to, and this instalment reminded me why I hold the rest of the series in high esteem. If you want a Christmas movie that's a little different, or just want to have a few dirty laughs, this is the one for you.
My rating: 4/5