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Movie Review: 'The Three Stooges'

The Three Stooges

Starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos
Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Rated PG

I have to start by admitting I was never much of a Three Stooges fan.  Growing up, I had my dad and uncles try and get me to watch it, but it just wasn't for me.  So when I heard about a modernization of The Three Stooges, again, I wasn't all that excited.  But I figured I would give it a shot.  For the most part, I wasn't really entertained by this brand of comedy, but this film has a way of catching you off guard and surprising you with a great one liner (like one about the Kardashians) or creative comedic bit that'll make you laugh.

It really boils down to whether or not you're a Three Stooges fan, or enjoy slapstick, physical humor; there's not much else to be had here.  And because it's really not my type of film is the reason for my 2/5 Abiding Dudes rating; if it was my type of movie, it would easily be a 3/5.

The film is technically broken up into three "episodes" that go along the same plot-line; we have our three Stooges, orphaned as infants and raised by nuns.  While we get to see them as children, the real plot comes in when they're adults, where they are tasked with raising $830,000 to save the orphanage and all the kids living there.  And, for a Stooges film, do you really need to know more about the plot?  There's something about a sick kid and a plan to kill someone's husband in there somewhere.

As far as the cast, I really can't find anything wrong.  With Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes as Larry, and Will Sasso as Curly, they are almost identical in looks and mannerisms as the actors who were Stooges before them.  The real gem is the supporting cast, with Jane Lynch as the Mother Superior of the orphanage, Sofia Vergara as Lydia, and Larry David as Sister Mary-Mengele (or Sister M&M), they really shine against this backdrop.

And, to be honest, the three kids that played Larry, Curly, and Moe as children were so charming that I could've watched a movie titled "The Three Young Stooges" and would have enjoyed it more.  I was kinda disappointed when they grew up.

Bobby and Peter Farrelly do a very interesting job of bringing the Stooges into modern times; they don't sway from their slapstick origins, and the Stooges are just as clueless as they ever were.  I've been watching a few of their older episodes, to see how they stack up against this movie.  And it really seems like the Farrelly brothers did justice to the characters many people adore.

It's silly, never takes itself seriously except for brief moments, and Moe gets to fulfill a dream many of us have about showing up on a particular reality TV show and slapping around the cast.  If you're a Stooges fan, or need a safe film to take the kids (that know it's really bad to hit someone with a sledge hammer or chainsaw) you can't go wrong here.

Otherwise, wait until it's part of a Three Stooges marathon on TV.


Reader Comments (2)

I really loved this film. I took my grandfather for his birthday (even though I wanted to see cabin in the woods) who was a big stooges fan growing up. I myself was into the stooges very much when I was younger, watching an hour long block of stooges shorts on spike early in the morning. I thought this movie looked ok but was surprised that I really liked it. Every time I saw or heard Larry David, I busted out laughing, I didn't mind the stares either. I would give it a solid 3.5

Friday, April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Silva

Thanks for chiming in, Jonathan. Like I said, it's not my usual taste in comedy, but the movie itself was pretty well made. Glad to have a Stooges fan give it an appreciative nod, and again like I said, if it was to my comedic tastes, it would have been a 3/5 Dudes.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterJosh Baldwin

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