THREE years after Harold and Kumar escaped Guantanamo Bay, the stoner buddies deck the halls with illegal substances in this loud, brash and outlandish escapade.
Christmas is the season of giving so the film gifts us a familiar array of mishaps, potty-mouthed outbursts and gross-out moments.
The screenwriters are neither big nor clever, but for every two or three gags that miss the mark, one hits.
When a Ukranian mob boss and his goons spray bullets into a house party awash with drugs, sending plumes of cocaine into the air, the soundtrack bursts to life with Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.
Harold (John Cho) has lost touch with his buddy Kumar (Kal Penn) and has turned his life around by ditching the reefers, clambering up the corporate ladder and marrying Maria (Paula Garces).
Their attempts to get her pregnant on Christmas Eve are interrupted by the arrival of Maria’s father Carlos (Danny Trejo) and the entire Perez clan carrying a 12ft Douglas fir tree that the formidable patriarch has been growing for the past eight years.
Then fate conspires to reunite the estranged buddies and a farcical adventure ensues.
The film would have surely stumbled straight on to DVD were it not for the pointless use of 3D.