Monday, April 16, 2012

The Three Stooges Review

I'll admit that I didn't like the original Three Stooges. I'm not into that type of slapstick. Frankly, I like to laugh at witty jokes from a Woody Allen movie. Yes, I know Allen on occasion dabbled in slapstick. So when the Farrelly Brothers' (There's Something About Mary) reboot of the slapstick trio came out, I really wasn't looking forward to it.

The Three Stooges starts out with their origin. The Three Stooges are literally thrown at the doorstep of a Catholic orphanage where they are discovered by Sister Mary Mengele. (Larry David?!) The Stooges grow up in the orphanage and because they're such bad boys and are a disaster, no one adopts them. Twenty five years later, The Three Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Curly (Will Sasso) and Larry (Sean Hayes) are still there and are handy men.

Bad news comes when the diocese tells the nuns that the orphanage must close due to a eight hundred thousand debt. The Three Stooges tell Mother Superior (Jane Lynch?!) and the other nuns (Kate Upton, Jennifer Hudson?!) that they will go to the city to raise the funds to save the orphanage. In the city, they run into Lydia (Sofia Vergara) who says she'll pay them the money if they kill her husband. Okay, this movie has the plot to The Blues Brothers combined with the plot to Body Heat!

Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, and Sean Hayes all do a great job channeling the original Stooges. The Farrelly Brothers and the cast are excellent in staging multiple slapstick set pieces. The sound is dead on, with effects that do the original justice. The movie slows down when Moe gets a job on the reality show Jersey Shore. But picks up for some very funny gags at a party.

When the Stooges engage in cinematic insanity, the movie is light fun. And everybody will be talking about the maternity ward scene. It's absolutely hilarious. Look, it ain't Shakespeare. The grade is B minus.

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