Thursday, April 26, 2012

Late Review: The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

Cast: Sean Hayes, Will Saso

Writers: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Mike Cerrone

Directors:  Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

** and a 1/2*s out of four

The Farrelly brothers are no Cohen brothers. Nor are they the Hughes brothers, the Warchowski's, or any other brother directing team.  The Mario Bros have had more hits than they have.   The duo hit it big with movies like "Kingpin", "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something about Mary", but after that there movie became kind of  forgettable.  Sure you can argue that they were good flicks, but they were not as good as their first three. 

When it was announced that a Three Stooges movie was being made.  A lot of discussion was based around the cast with Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro as one possible suggestion.  Also it was talked about that it would be a biopic.  Kind of a dramedy about how the  trio was formed  featuring appearances by Shemp and the other Stooge that wasn't Curly.  While that story might be interesting for an A&E Biography, it's not what 3 Stooges fans want to see.  They want to see all the hits, the slaps, and other funny sight gags that made them a comedy classic.  I remember watching them with my dad and laughing because their antics reminded me alot of "The Looney Tunes" whom I was(and still am) a big fan of.  I can safely say that this movie is closest thing to a classic stooges short that you will see. 

First of all let me start by praising the three actors for playing these parts.    I have gone back and watch some of the original shorts and they all do a great job.  These are not merely impersonations because I felt like I was looking at the real thing.  Chris Diamantopoulos not only has the same voice as Moe. He  also has the exact same characteristics too.   Same thing goes for Sean Hayes and Will Sasso too.  Both actors were completley unrecognizable as Larry and Curly.  I also enjoyed the supporting characters  from Larry David as a cankerous Nun to Sofia Veragra as a sultry temptress that wants to use the three to kill her husband.  There is even a funny sound gag when someone steps on her breasts.  Yes it's juvenile but also pretty  funny.   There were also moments where you got to see these characters care about each other, and while that does feel kind of forced.  It was still nice to see these characters behave like real humans just for a little bit.

The only part that really did not need to be in this were the scenes with "The Jersey Shore".  I  appreciate that they were able to poke fun at themselves, and I even liked their comments about them doing the show for just the ratings. But I can't get behind a show where people yell at each other for 30 minutes, have sex and then yell again..  Also there is a scene in a nursery that started off funny but then overstayed it's welcome much too soon. 

Overall if you are a die hard stooges fan or a novice.  This is a good one to check out.  It's not as good as the first three Farrelly Brothers movies, but it's a good start.


  1. I didn't hate it but I definitely didn't love it. Definitely not as terrible as the trailers had me thinking it was going to be but there's still not much here worth recommending in the end. Good review Vern.

    1. Thanks Dan. I'm not expecting everyone to love it, but if you do see it for under $3 you won't feel like your time was a complete waste

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