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The Three Stooges

A Comedy directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly

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Like the Stooges? Then you'll (probably) like this. Don't? Eh...

  • Oct 7, 2012
** 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, Moe, and Larry respectively. The film is directed by the Farrelly Brothers, those guys responsible for a slew of more raunchy and adult-oriented comedies that nonetheless indicated they would be the right men for the job. Ultimately, I think they are able to retain their sense of passionate silliness whilst toning down the profanity and overall crudeness a significant notch. It's the only way the film could have been made.

The story kicks off with the Stooges being thrown out of a car window in a duffle bag and onto the front porch of Sisters of Mercy Orphanage. It is there that they are raised; and it is there that they stay well into adulthood (since Moe was the only one successfully adopted at one point, and then returned when he asked for too much, which was in this case the added adoption of Curly and Larry). But their days of annoying Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David) and flamboyantly dillydallying with often hazardous results are threatened when it is reported that the orphanage is to be shut down unless $830,000 can be successfully rounded up in 30 days. The boys believe they're up to the task.

They go job searching by wearing giant, obsessively needy signs across the front and backs of their bodies in the middle of the city streets. They finally attract a customer, the beautiful Lydia (Sofia Vergara), who is unhappily married to a husband that she'd like them to murder for her so that she may this time marry her new lover Mac (Craig Bierko) instead. The Stooges misinterpret a seemingly simple request and end up hospitalizing Mac by throwing him in front of a moving bus. That'll put their money-making schemes on hold for a little while, although in between they'll rekindle a relationship with an old friend from the orphanage (the kid that the folks who were about to adopt Moe took instead, all grown up) and Moe will accidentally find his way onto the set and into the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore.

The original Stooges were never a very important part of my childhood, so you can imagine why I feel so indifferent towards this attempted revival. Having seen at least a few episodes of the original show, I know the Stooges and their style; and this film successfully replicates it. But the problem is that I simply never liked their style itself, and so I laughed about as much during this movie as I did during a single episode of the show. Those who like the show will probably like this movie. The three leads are but humble impersonators and they pull it off quite impressively without shitting on the original Stooges' legacy. The brothers obviously have a lot of respect for the source material.

So at the end of the day, it's just my personal bias that rendered me unable to get much enjoyment out of this flick. There's nothing really wrong with it, yet nothing right either, aside from some exciting comic set pieces and the enthusiasm of the cast. If I have one honest problem with "The Three Stooges", it's that it doesn't seem to know who it wants to please. The music choices and a few of the casting decisions (the cast of Jersey Shore, Kate Upton being present just to show off her one-piece bikini near the end, Jennifer Hudson as the only black nun) seem to be reaching out to a younger audience whilst the faithfulness to the show is supposed to find appeal with those who grew up watching it. If you like the Stooges, go ahead and check this out cause you'll probably end up enjoying what it's got to offer for the older generations. But I find the indulgence distractingly unattractive to the overall product's appeal.

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review by . April 18, 2012
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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 …
review by . April 14, 2012
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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 …
review by . April 12, 2012
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Quick Tip by . August 18, 2012
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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. …
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2012
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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 …
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