After the very mediocre "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," I doubt many people were desperate for the series to become a trilogy. Yet "A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas" turned out to be surprisingly hilarious and a welcome return for characters that are better at cracking us up with material that's juvenile, not political. (Plus: It made a major character out of a robot that makes waffles, which is clearly a win.) And while many would disagree, I thought "The Hangover: Part II" improved on its overrated predecessor. For proof that this lesson does not apply to everything, see "Puss in Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2."
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