The Three Stooges (PG)
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso
Running Time: 92mins
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.
The Three Stooges was a very popular collection of short films that first graced the silver screen in 1934 and ran until 1958, all featuring the talents of ‘Larry, Curly and Moe’. This film is a re-imagination from their humble beginnings to the present day.
Dropped off (literally) at the orphanage, Larry, Curly and Moe are accepted by Mother Superior (Jane Lynch (Glee)), Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson) and Sister Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David) – yes, it’s a bloke dressed as nun!
The three boys grow from childhood, hoping that with each visit from a perspective parent they will be adopted, causing as much mayhem as possible. When they reach manhood, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos – Up all Night), Curly (Will Sasso – $#*! My Dad Says) and Larry (Sean Hayes – Soul Men) are still at the orphanage, carrying out little odd jobs in their own chaotic way.
When the orphanage is told that they need to raise $830,000 in 30 days or face closure (plot sound familiar), the three set off on a series of adventures hoping to raise the money, while the rest of the orphanage hopes they don’t injure anybody!
The Three Stooges was always a slapstick, quick witted, one-liner-a-minute laugh riot that lasted on average 20 minutes. This film, however, drags out the one-liners and punches (literally) to 90 minutes. This is just one of the film’s poor points, as the running time is just too long to keep the joke going.
There are three acts, each one pre-faced with a nostalgic Three Stooges Card that harps back to the classic shorts. Then sadly, each act virtually copies itself with the same punches, eye-pokes and face slaps from the scene that preceeded it.
There are more plot holes than a bowl of fruit loops. Added to this there is a very annoying scene involving the cast of Jersey Shore which does nothing to improve the film.
The script is noting more than a set-up to the next slap stick comedy situation gag, and though the three main actors do the physical stuff pretty well, I can’t see any of them adding this as the pinnacle to their acting career.
This is sadly a comedy that is neither funny, nor intelligent, nor even risqué (except for a nun in a bathing suit). Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, the geniuses behind Dumb and Dumber and Me, Myself and Irene, have steered clear of anything that may be potentially offensive to children. Sadly, they have created the perfect vehicle for children to watch: it will just make adults groan (indeed, in the screening I attended, a number of adults walked out after 20 minutes).
If you are an 8-year-old, chances are you will love this; if you are 12-years-old, you will find it mildy amusing, and if you are a teenager you will be begging your parents NOT to take you!
1.5 out of 5 nerds