John Cho and Kal Penn reprise their title roles in “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” which picks up six years after their last adventure. The film opened nationwide on Nov. 4 and should run through the holiday season.
Following years of growing apart, Harold Lee (Cho) and Kumar Patel (Penn) 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 takes them through party heaven—and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high.
The 2004 cult hit “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” launched the franchise, followed by “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” The third installment is the first to highlight the guys’ hilarious mishaps in 3D.
It would not be a “Harold & Kumar” film without Neil Patrick Harris, who returns along with Paula Garces (TV’s “Defying Gravity”) as Maria; Danneel Harris (“The Roommate”) as Vanessa; Eddie Kaye Thomas (the “American Pie” movies) as Rosenberg; David Krumholtz (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”) as Goldstein; and Bobby Lee (“Pineapple Express”) as Kenneth Park.
Joining the ensemble are Tom Lennon (“I Love You Man”) as Harold’s new best friend, Todd; Amir Blumenfeld (TV’s “Pranked”) as Kumar’s new best friend Adrian; Danny Trejo (“Machete”) as Harold’s father-in-law; and Elias Koteas (“Shutter Island”) as Ukranian mob boss Sergei Katsov. Rounding out the cast are Patton Oswalt (“The Informant!”), Richard Riehle (“Halloween II”), Jordan Hinson (TV’s “Eureka”), John Hoogenakker (“Contagion”), Jake Johnson (“No Strings Attached”), Yasen Payankov (“Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”) and David Burtka (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”).
Todd Strauss-Schulson helmed the film, marking his major feature film directorial debut. Academy Award® winner Greg Shapiro (“The Hurt Locker”) returns as producer, and Mandate President Nathan Kahane, Nicole Brown, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, and Samuel J. Brown are executive producers. The screenplay is by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg who wrote the previous two movies. They also serve as co-producers, along with Kelli Konop and Jonathan McCoy.
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Barrett, production designer Rusty Smith, editor Eric Kissack, costume designer Mary Claire Hannan and composer William Ross.
New Line Cinema presents, in association with Mandate Pictures, a Kingsgate Films Production, “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence. www.haroldandkumar.com