Though the premise of Harold and Kumar go to White Castle was paper-thin, it’s been impressive watching Kal Penn and John Cho stretch stoner jokes into a trilogy. It helped that they continued to feature Neil Patrick Harris, who plays a sex crazed, drug addled womanizer. And for the third film – A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas – they enter the fantasyland of Holiday specials, it seems, as the trailer starts with the duo accidentally shooting Santa Claus. Check it out…

This entry was directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, who’s mostly a TV veteran, though original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote this one. This looks raunchy, stupid and fairy entertaining.

What is most exciting about the film is how it used 3-D. This is a film that seems to be arguing for the death of the gimmick by using it in completely stupid ways. As one of the most effective 3-D movies in the dimensional cinema boom was Jackass 3-D, hopefully this will be just as creative in its uses of the format.

The biggest knock against the trailer is the claymation, as a similar joke was recently done on Community. This was in production last year so perhaps it’s accidental overlapping.The film is scheduled to open on November 4.

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