It doesn't take Stieg Larson to come up with a masterpiece like three idiots hitting each other to the delight of millions, but after watching every Stooge short on a loop for 20 hours a day, the Farrelly Brothers just barely succeed here.
I'll admit, I was NOT looking forward to this movie. I believe I even called what I saw in the trailer "cancerous" with it's iconic comedy legends being played by different people, the bit with the lobster in Larry's crotch, The Jersey Shore and more, but then something happened. Time got closer to seeing it, and as more commercials got out....it looked....good?
Taking a deep breath I ventured into the theater and at first I was annoyed but as time went on in the movie, I forgot that I was watching a three impersonators, I felt like I was watching The Three Stooges. Will Sasso captures Curly's mannerisms perfectly. Chris Diamantopolous looks, sounds and acts like Moe down to a tee, and Sean Hayes, complete with bozo hair and Larry voice only rivaled by Billy West, makes for a fine Larry, or at least the third man that Moe can slap around. More as an homage to the original team taking the three knuckleheads from they're 30's roots and into modern days with mixed results. Maybe part of the joke is that with the dated clothes the Stooges are wearing in the modern world, that was part of the joke, that these ARE the real guys.
The movie is divided into three segments and each gets better then the last. The first has the Stooges as children abandoned at an orphanage and grow up scaring the hell out of the nuns and managing to still be there when they are fully grown men only to learn of the imminant closure of the building. The second showcases the trio trying to find work and stumble into a scheme to murder a wealthy man via his scheming wife and the third has Moe getting picked up to work on reality TV while Curly and Moe try and find a solution to they're woes. In between plenty of Stooge humor from chainsaws to the head, slaps, eye pokes, and more abound.
What isn't so great are the obvious touches of bad taste on display but this is a Farrelly brothers movie, so I shouldn't be surprised. The baby pee fight in the hospital is downright bad and is only saved by Curly's remarks during the ordeal. Seeing a peanut hitting a lion in the scrotum is half a second, but it's lame and finally again, did I mention The Jersey Shore? This can get a pass since we see Moe complete with bad spray tan smack, slap and even burn with a curling iron every one of those people.
If you are a diehard Stooge fan, then you will hate this movie anyway since it's not the original trio of dimbulbs. If you are curious, then you may like this as it isn't long and is largely unoffensive-well apart from what I mentioned as well as some others but you can tell there is some heart here to make an authentic Stooge piece of work and it does work. The Three Stooges in almost all of they're shorts need to find a way to make money and got plugged into almost any job you could think of, be it plumbers or doctors only to survive in the Great Depression. Now, with another slump in the economy, the Stooges need money and-you guessed it, get by with whatever work they can get. The more things change, the more they stay the same I guess.
Now, if we get a sequel, we gotta have them find long lost brother Shemp, right? As long as they don't go looking for Joe.
** out of **** Think of how disastrous this could have been: a modern jab at cinematically reincarnating the popularity of the Three Stooges. As you may know, all three members of the comedy trio that graced the television screens of so many younglings at the time of its original broadcast have long since died, thus someone else would have to take the throne. This reworking of "The Three Stooges" casts Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Sean Hayes in the roles of Curley, … more
Star Rating: I must recuse myself as not being the biggest fan of the original Three Stooges comedy team and the shorts that made them so famous. I always thought the act amounted to little more than a one-trick pony; there’s only so much face-slapping, head-pounding, eye-poking, nyuk-nyuking, and woo-wooing I can take before it becomes stale and repetitive. If you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all – the occasional tweaks … more
By Joan Alperin Schwartz First I must say, that I have never been a fan of 'The Three Stooges'...never watched their tv show way back when or understood their appeal. Slapstick, over the top comedy has never been my thing. So you can imagine how much I was dreading seeing the Farrelly Brothers new film 'The Three Stooges'. Well guess what? To my surprise...I absolutely loved it and I LMAO. … more
Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk! I have to admit, I was more a fan of the classic "Three Stooges" when I was a kid than when I was an adult. Now I am no expert on "stooginess" but I have to admit that this 2012 film surprised me. The film had the right tone, style and delivery to emulate the classic TV series. Comparisons to the actors who played the characters would be inevitable, since those actors defined the characters; but Hayes, Sasso and Diamantopoulos did a great job. … more
I'll admit that when I saw trailers for this movie, I was cringing, expecting this to be another typical Hollywood bastardization of something classic, but I finally watched it and was proven wrong. This is a humorous, solid homage to the iconic slapstick trio. This is a solid homage, and delivers some Stooge-esque humor in a modern context, as I especially loved the scenes with Moe becoming a cast member on Jersey Shore and delivering a lot of hilarious slapstick … more
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