The Three Stooges

13 Apr

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Synopsis: Left on a nun’s doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, yuk-nuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckle-headed misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot…while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Review: First off I went into this as a long time Stooge fan expecting the worst but left feeling happy the Farrelly Brothers did such a good job with it. There are three Stooge Episodes back to back in this movie all add up to to one related story. We also get their back story showing us how they where left at the doorstep of an orphanage as infants run by nuns. Needless to say they were never adopted and lived their entire life with the nuns.

As the years go by the nuns get the terrible news that the orphanage is in debt to the tune of $830,000 and the Stooges spend the rest of the movie trying to raise the money in the modern world. Needless to say mayhem, eye poking, face slapping, bops on the head etc. ensue.

As any Stoogephile can tell you the main ingredients for a successful Stooge adventure should include the following three elements: 1) Stooge cartoon violence, 2) The deflation of pomposity at a posh gathering, 3) The Stooges being pursued by either the police or bad guys with guns. This movie has all these elements plus typical stooge dialog. Do you want to hear more? Yes! Was it funny? Yes,Yes! Was it a Stooge Movie worth seeing? Yes, Yes, Yes!

The Farrelly Brothers affectionately use sound effects, The Stooges Theme and three really good character actors who have captured all the Stooging one can take in it’s 92 minute running time.

Chris Diamantopoulos : Plays Moe and has certainly channeled Moe Howard to capture his character as well as he did. He has the look, sound and eye pokes of the real deal.

Sean Hayes: Plays Larry and also channels Larry Fine through voice, movement and of course that crazy haircut. Mr. Hayes has amazing comic timing and looked like he was having a good time as the entire cast did.

Will Sasso: Does Curly impeccably well and was sointenly a victim of soicumstance having to recreate the comic genius of the original Curly Howard. This MadTV actor did a great job also with voice and body language.

The Nuns at the Orphanage:

Jane Lynch: Plays Mother Superior in a role that is the total antithesis of her GLEE role on television. She got the goodness down to a tee.

Larry David:  Plays Sister Mary-Mengele. He is the mean nun everybody tries to avoid. He blames the Stooges for everything that went wrong in the orphanage.  When Mother Superior is willing to forgive, Mengele wants to kill them. The Sister’s name alone provokes laughs.

The cast is rounded out by the cast of the reality show The Jersey Shore. In one of the episodes of the movie Moe accidentally becomes the star of the show and the original Jersey Shore cast wants Moe out of the show. The producers tell them Moe stays and the cast is shocked that all the hiring decisions on the show are based on ratings. Apparently Moe’s appearance raised the roof on the Shore ratings. It’s worth the price of the admission just to see Moe poke Snookie in the eyes. Metaphorically we all get that Moe is really poking reality TV and exposing it for the trash that has permeated the minds of TV producers and our TV screens.

Also appearing in the film are Jennifer Hudson, Brian Doyle Murray, Sofia Vergara and Stephen Collins.

At the tail end of the movie two hunks claiming to be the Farrelly Bros. explain to the children in the audience that the hammer in the movie was made of rubber, the eye pokes never are in the eyes but on the forehead but appear to be in the eyes and they shouldn’t try any of this at home.

The children in the the audience of this PG movie had a good time and their laughter was infectious. So don’t just sit there go out and see this affectionate tribute to the boys who invented poking before Facebook. Don’t make me have to hit you over the head with this sledge hammer, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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One Response to “The Three Stooges”

  1. amissiontolive April 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on amissiontolive and commented:
    This movie is a must see-I love these guys

    “Bernard Tyson”

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