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So this year FXX is airing A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas in a 24 hour marathon. Similar to how TBS does 24 hours of A Christmas Story. Starting 8PM Christmas Eve, they start showing it and with commercial breaks, it takes 2 hours to watch the entire movie. I'm not going to compare Harold and Kumar to A Christmas Story, because that wouldn't be fair. I mean, A Christmas Story is a classic and Harold and Kumar is a stoner comedy. There's no contest, but I can just review H&K by themselves. Now I'm not a major fan of stoner comedies, but I enjoy them enough that I think they're worth the cheap rental price. Also, this is the TV edit, so I'll explain that later.
So what is A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas about? Well, like all stoner comedies, it's about a simple task that is made way more complicated by a couple of stoners. I haven't seen the other H&K movies, so I don't know the back story, but I'm guessing that it takes place after Harold and Kumar had a falling out, after Harold got married and quit smoking pot, and found a real job. And after Neil Patric Harris screwed them many times. Anyway, Harold gets a package delivered to his old apartment where Kumar still lives. Meanwhile, Harold is trying to impress his father in law, who is played by Danny Trejo. He comes with Harold's wife's brothers and cousins, who look like Tuco henchmen. They bring a Christmas tree that's really important to Trejo and it would ruin Christmas if the tree wasn't there.
Well Kumar comes over to deliver the package, and it's a giant joint. Harold says "no I don't smoke anymore," so then Kumar takes it and lights it. Harold is angry and throws it out the window, but because it's a magic joint, it flies back in the window and lands on the tree, causing it to catch on fire. Now Harold and Kumar have to find a Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve. Now, I do have to give them props for having an actually difficult task be the precipitating event that causes the antics of the movie. I mean, it's Christmas Eve, all the trees are gone. He has to get a tree before Trejo and the family come home. That's a serious task. If you don't have the tree, he'll pull out his machete and show you why they call him Machete.
OK, so not the most interesting precipitating event, but interesting enough. But with all stoner movies, it's not about the cause, it's about the journey. So how's the journey? It's funny enough. First they go to a tree lot and get a tree, but end up destroying the tree. Then they try to win a tree in a game of beer pong. Then they try to get one from Neil Patric Harris. And it just keeps getting funny. It's hard to describe without seeing it. It's funnier than I can say.
Now what of the 3D effect? It's marketed as a 3D movie, riding off the Avatar coat tales. Well I saw it on a 20 inch 2D TV. Yeah, I don't know what the 3D is like. However, from what I can tell, it had some 3D gags. Like there was a thing where one of the guys points right out into the theater. Then there's lots of stuff that flies right at you, like eggs and the giant joint. I also remember reading a while back that while this was on one guys "10 worst movies of 2011," it was simultaneously on his "10 best 3D movies of 2011," because "while the movie was terrible, the 3D was amazing." I'll just take their word on it. It doesn't seem like it would be an "immerse you in the world" like Avatar, but more of a "I'm gonna throw stuff out at you like a Disney ride." It looks like it would have been good.
Now I mentioned that this was the TV edit. Here in the US, if you don't know, we have decency standards and you can't say things like "fuck" or "cock" and you need to do TV-MA to say "shit." Well, instead of doing a TV-MA rating, or just bleeping out all the things you can't say on TV, they redubbed it with "kid swears." There were times when they said things like "oh fudge" and "sex you" and other things a kid would say. Now, when a movie is censored on TV, it can be a little annoying, especially when it's just sound dropped. However, this was really funny. Like when a parent is trying really hard to not swear in front of their kids so they say those silly little things. I think it's funnier than if it was just normal swearing.
So what's my verdict on A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas? If you like stoner comedies, it's perfect for you. If you like some stupid humor, you might enjoy it. I thought it was worth the 2 hours to watch it on FXX. If you have the chance to watch the TV edit, it's worth it. I don't know about the normal version, but the TV edit has super funny censors. I don't know if it would be worth it if it wasn't TV edit. Well, this has been Pokematic, signing off, and bu-bye.