After the dreadful second film, this third film in the H&K stoner comedy series is a vast improvement. But they still haven’t found the right story or premise for a worthy sequel to the classic stoner comedy.

Harold and Kumar are reunited during the holidays when Harold’s father-in-law’s prized Christmas tree is accidentally burned down. So they go off on another misadventure to save the holiday season.

It was a miracle that we got first sequel but it was a half-baked idea with really no point or credibility to the series. Each of these sequels seem like they started off as goofy ideas tossed around before a pitch is given to the studio. There are often plenty of drafts, director inquiries and plot shifts before the final project is agreed upon. The best comedies, especially screw-ball, slapstick and stoner, all have the silliest of basic premises before jokes are added to the plot. The best comedy plots can be summed up in a sentence or two. So this Christmas themed sequel was going in the right direction.

There are some really great comedic moments from Danny Trejo as Harold’s father-in-law and Thomas Lennon’s hilarious over-protective dad becoming unglued.

But one thing that did bug me was there seems to be a fading chemistry between the really adorable odd couple of John Cho and Kal Penn. I don’t know if they have both moved on or it was the writing. But I just didn’t feel them as a connective unit/comedy duo. Yes, they’re in plenty of scenes together but something is missing.

The Christmas theme and attaching it to the H&K brand is really fun. This is another film they can add to the Christmas channel for the holidays. But we are really still in search for a worthy sequel to a stoner classic.

3 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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