The Three Stooges (2012)

Greg Says: See it if you love the Stooges

Title: The Three Stooges (2012)
Rating: 6/10
Date: 15 April 2012
Recommendation: Wait for the instant download
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Moe, Larry, and Curley (Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso) were left at at orphanage as babies. They grew up coddled by the nuns (Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David) but were rambunctious and ill disciplined. After thirty-five years there, they grew up to be the handymen around the grounds.

One day, the Monsignor (Bryan Doyle-Murray) arrives and gives the nuns 30 days to come up with $830,000 or be evicted. All the orphans will be sent to foster homes. So our boys are off to the big city to raise the money. But they’ve never been out in the world and never interacted with anyone but nuns and children. Will they have the maturity and savvy to save the day?

“The Three Stooges” is the Farrelly brothers’ attempt the rekindle the spark that was the classic comedy team from the 1930s – 1960s. And to my mind, they succeeded in spades. The movie is very true to the original in every way. The slapping, hitting, kicking, and yanking on virtually every body part is duplicated by Diamantopoulos, Hayes, and Sasso to perfection. Only a team who truly loved the Stooges could create such a faithful homage.

The curious thing about this film is that it is aimed at youngsters. The previews included several cartoons and Disney features soon to come. There were no swears and hardly any blue humor. (There were some very funny law firm names that only adults would appreciate.) There is a certain amount of gross out humor. And there is an appearance of the “Farelly Brothers” at the end, imploring children not to attempt Stooge antics at home. I was hoping for a more adult film, aimed at the audience that grew up with the Stooges.

There isn’t much more to say about this film. If you love the Stooges, you will find an incredibly accurate recreation of the highly choreographed poking, prodding, and impaling you grew up with. If you have never seen the Stooges, you will probably find the film simplistic and sophomoric.

In either case, there is no good reason to rush out and see it on the big screen. So, for a Fine (sic) recreation of the original, but a tad on the kiddie side, I recommend you wait for the instant download.