Film (with rating): A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Studio: Warner Home Entertainment
Summary: It’s been six years since Harold and Kumar escaped Guantanamo
Bay, and now they’re estranged, living totally different lives. Harold is a
straight-laced banker with a beautiful wife he’s trying to impregnate, and
Kumar is still stoned out of his mind and living like a college frat boy. But
when holiday circumstances get these two back together again, hilarity–and some
pretty illegal activity–ensues.
Review: Ever seen “Bad Santa?” Did you enjoy it?
Then “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” is right up your
chimney. Nothing and no one is spared in this third “Harold &
Kumar” film, not religion, not Jesus, not Santa (who gets shot in the
head, for crying out loud), not even babies. The entire film is not to be taken
seriously, but really, what did you expect? Being an older, rather boring,
suburbanite mother, I find it rather wickedly enjoyable to watch these guys
(played hysterically again by John Cho and Kal Penn, who wasn’t nearly as good
in his recent guest run on “How I Met Your Mother”) do all sorts of
stupid and stoned things. Such as play beer pong at a mobster’s party, all for
a Christmas tree. I did not watch the film in 3D, which I’m sure added to the
appeal in theaters (that, and a little help from some non-medicinal Mary Jane,
perhaps). But even without those effects, the film can still be enjoyed.
Thomas Lennon, who plays Harold’s new BFF Todd, is a
delight. It’s his poor baby who becomes perhaps the youngest crackhead in
history. While absolutely not politically correct, the joke stream involving
sky-high tykes is obscenely funny. The stint in the mobster’s closet is just
Another perk: Neil Patrick Harris. His bit in the film is fantastic,
but pretty much everything he does rocks. Do not miss him.
All in all, this is a good film to watch any time of the
year if you’re craving some absolutely stupid, no-thinking-required,
offensive-to-all comedy. But even with that said, “A Very Harold &
Kumar 3D Christmas” does have a decent message or two. Such as some
friendships are worth fighting for. And waffles rock. Two things anyone can
enjoy, even without the help of Kumar’s stash.
Extra highlight: Bringing Harold & Kumar Claymation to
What to serve for dinner: Do as WaffleBot says, and eat some
waffles. Try Savory Cornmeal Waffle & White Bean Chicken Chili (from
1 recipe Chicken and White Bean Chili (see below)
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup wheat germ
3 large eggs
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
6 tablespoons vegetable oil plus additional oil for brushing
Into a large bowl sift together flour, cornmeal, baking
powder, baking soda, and salt. Repeat sifting two more times and stir in wheat
germ. In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and oil. Add flour
mixture all at once and whisk just until combined. Preheat a waffle iron and
brush lightly with additional oil. Spoon batter into waffle iron, using 1/4 cup
batter for each 4-inch-square standard waffle and spreading batter evenly, and
cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer waffle to a baking sheet
and keep warm, uncovered, in middle of oven. Make more waffles with remaining
batter in same manner, brushing waffle iron with oil before adding each batch.
Serve waffles topped with hot chili.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/3 cups chopped onion
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into
3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 15- to 16-ounce cans white beans, drained, juices reserved
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
(sour cream and white cheddar as topping options)
Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell
pepper, and garlic; saut until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saut until chicken is no longer
pink outside, about 5 minutes. Mix in chili powder, tomato paste, cumin, and
oregano. Add beans, 1 cup reserved bean juices, and canned tomatoes. Simmer
until chicken is cooked through and chili is thickened, about 25 minutes. If
chili is too thick, add more bean juices by tablespoonfuls to thin. Season
chili to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in cilantro and serve with your choice
of additional toppings including sour cream and white cheddar cheese.
What to talk about over dinner: I’m not really sure there’s
much to talk about. I mean, you may have lost numerous brain cells just from
watching that movie. So why don’t you just keep calling each other
“dude” and eat more waffles? WaffleBot would be proud.