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Harold and Kumar feel the holiday cheer [Trailer]

August 12, 2011 |  3:10 pm

Manic doesn't begin to describe the trailer for the new Harold and Kumar movie, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," the third installment in the John Cho-Kal Penn franchise (the latter fresh from his stint in the White House). Santa Claus is shot out of the sky, beer pong balls bounce in every direction and Neil Patrick Harris returns as himself, this time riffing with Jesus. Oh, and there's a gag about how played out 3-D is -- in a movie that's in 3-D.

Studio New Line no doubt hopes to capture some of that anti-Christmas spirit that helped movies such as "Bad Santa" become cult hits. But "Harold & Kumar" will need to build its own momentum: Despite its cultural effect, the low-budget comedy franchise has been only a modest box-office performer, taking in $18 million and $38 million with its first two films, though both movies fared well on DVD.


Kal Penn has left the White House

-- Steven Zeitchik