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A Very Harold and Kumar’s 3D Christmas

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org

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 the end.

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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