In this holiday season, a double bill of "Margin Call," a striking story of financial collapse, and the latest Harold and Kumar stoner misadventure could prove useful when deciding just how thankful to be.
Keeping up with the zeitgeist, "A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas" now presents John Cho's Harold as a successful stockbroker, complete with his own mob reviling, chasing and even urinating on him. For once, a movie makes good use of 3-D. The series began strongly, sending the two on a very picaresque trip around New Jersey, with a cast that has the advantage of looking like America, at least our America.
Only the shaggiest and most tangential of holiday movies - revolving around the macguffin of replacing a burned Christmas tree - the latest installment has its moments. Most come from Neil Patrick Harris, plus some laughs from Elias Koteas, who is essentially replacing his look-alike, Christopher Meloni.
If for some reason you find yourself at the latest "Harold and Kumar," you probably already know their limitations. Being stoned helps or so I'm told. At least their hit-or-miss humor occasionally has some redeeming value.
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