A Very Harold and Kumar’s 3D Christmas
By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
It was never my intention to see this stoner celebration of perpetual adolescence, in the Harold and Kumar pothead
franchise, but I received a request from St. Anthony Messenger to give my
perspective on the film. Personally, I think audiences can look at previews,
readily available on YouTube and check the ratings to know that some films are
scum fests without any redeeming social value.
This film is offensive on so many levels but especially the
way it shows Catholics and talks about Jews, though Catholics come off much
worse. I mean really bad.
For a thorough “content analysis” of Harold and Kumar’s
latest – and horrors, if it makes enough money there will be another one – see
the review at Catholic News Service: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/11mv137.htm
I don’t think I can add anything except to say that these
body part and function grimy films, such as those that often come from director
Judd Apatow, use a “bait and switch” approach. They attract audiences with
their lowbrow supposed comedy entertainment and deliver a sweet kind of message
at the end. But what you have to go through to get there. Not worth it to me,
but some audiences may even derive some startling life lesson from these kinds
of movies because the characters grow and change and choose something decent at
But Harold and Kumar, from writers Jon Horowitz
andHayden Schlossberg? Harold tries to change but only because of his
wife and her scary Latino family; he and his wife seem happy to be having a
baby. Kumar and his girl friend are happy they are having a baby (that is supposed
to be his) but she prefers him – stoned.
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