The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

(2012)

Stupidity loves company.

The Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber) reboot the legendary trio of buffoonery. While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.... More

Chris Diamantopoulos (The Kennedys) is Moe, Will Sasso (Best In Show) is Curly and Sean Hayes (30 Rock) is Larry. Also stars Glee’s Jane Lynch and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. Making cameos are NBA giant Dwight Howard, Larry David and infamous Jersey Shore lasses Jenni Farley and Snooki.Hide

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In an attempt to revive the art of slapstick comedy, directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, There’s Something About Mary) wisely keep their trademark raunchiness in their pants, presenting us with a more family-friendly Stooges outing that harkens back to their Dumb and Dumber roots.... More

Told at a buzzing pace, the fish-out-of-water story is really just a canvas for the gags. After a terrible opening ten minutes (dominated by three child actors embarrassing themselves), the film immediately picks up with the introduction of Diamantopoulos, Hayes and Sasso as Moe, Larry and Curly. Their embodiment of the trio is flawless, carrying the 90-minute film with a convincing energy that never lets up, even when the wit does.

There’s a refreshing purity to the humour, freeing itself from R-rated shock gags or groan-worthy attempts at making the Stooges ‘hip’. The traditional use of goofy sound effectively sells the slapstick while the full-body ragdoll stunts make my nostalgic heart glow. Though there’s a noticeable number of flat jokes (mostly spawned from the show’s aged mannerisms), the physical comedy set pieces are performed with an impressive level of planning, timing and choreography. The opening church bell scene alone is a ballet of buffoonery.

Some of the supporting cast is wasted: Sofia Vergara’s rack is used more than her comedic talents while Jane Lynch isn’t given anything remotely funny to say or do. However, Larry David is downright hilarious as Sister Mary-Mengele, purposely ignoring any attempt at acting or sounding feminine.

The Three Stooges is stupid, but it’s well-done stupidity. The Tom and Jerry-obsessed kid in me got a healthy amount of chuckles while my inner pop-culture geek received great satisfaction in seeing Moe beat the ever-loving crap out of the Jersey Shore cast.Hide


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BY BrionyJae superstar

I must admit, pure comedy isn't usually my thing. I didn't really know what to expect from this film - and I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be better than I imagined! The thing about this film is that it's actually more than just straight comedy, it has a story which gave me warm fuzzies by the end. And yes, some of the comedy is silly, but sometimes we need a bit of silly :) Some parts were so unfunny that they were funny - and I enjoyed that! Overall, this film was a pretty... More good afternoon spent at the cinema, and made me laugh, so job well done :)Hide


A lot of negative "official" reviews some saying this wasn't funny. Sorry but I'd have to disagree. I liked this movie as it was suitable for kids ( PG rating ) but also had AO humour that went way over kids heads and wouldnt have even been noticed by them. A good way to spend an afternoon :)


BY Gerd superstar

What a total utter and complete load of tosh.
Leave your brain at home this is almost as unbearable as "Jack and Jill".
Extraordinarily primitive not dumb dumbest but dumbest ever.
Avoid at all cost.


The Press Reviews

52% of critics recommend.
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  • The Three Stooges isn't very funny, but it is, like last year's far superior The Muppets, a sincere act of fandom on an epic scale. Full Review

  • I didn't laugh much. I don't think the Stooges are funny, although perhaps I might once have. Some of the sight gags were clever, but meh. The three leads did an admirable job of impersonation. I think this might be pretty much the movie Stooges fans were looking for. Full Review

  • A funny, good-hearted resuscitation of Hollywood's beloved lowbrow lunkheads. Full Review

  • There is an appealing nyuk, nyuk nostalgic spirit to"The Three Stooges." Full Review

  • Peter and Bobby Farrelly's thoroughly enjoyable paean to Moe, Larry and Curly and the art of the eye poke. Full Review

  • So why bother with this earnest but imperfect impersonation when the original artists are readily available on VHS and DVD? Full Review

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