Why <i>A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas</i> Is the Best 3D Movie Since <i>Avatar</i>

In just two short years, 3D has gone from being the perceived savior of the theatrical experience to the favorite whipping boy of critics (myself included) and Hollywood analysts. Blame the high surcharge that 3D places on the cost of a movie ticket, blame the glut of 3D movies in the marketplace, but most of all blame the studios for churning out such relentlessly unappealing 3D fare. Terrific examples of the format like Coraline and, of course, Avatar have largely given way to shoddy conversion jobs (Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender), obvious cash-grabs (the upcoming 3D re-releases of the Star Wars movies) and films that don't actually seem to make use of the extra dimension (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Captain America: The First Avenger). Since James Cameron kick-started the new 3D boom, the only dimensionally-enhanced movies that didn't feel like complete rip-offs were Jackass 3D and Piranha 3D, neither of which could be accurately described as "artistic triumphs." For that matter, neither could A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, but that doesn't change the fact that the latest installment in one of the young century's most unlikely franchises is also the first post-Avatar production that needs... nay demands to be seen in 3D for maximum enjoyment.* Here are five reasons why:

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