The Three Stooges

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: C3 Entertainment

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: The Farrelly Brothers

Larry, Moe and Curly swing from one misadventure to another, trying to save their beloved childhood orphanage home from being closed down!

Hmm. I have watched the original 3 Stooges when I was young, and always wondered why they bothered with a plot in the first place. We have these three iconic guys, as soon as their characters are well established, just toss them into tons of different jobs or situations and yuk it up! That’s the theory. But a movie that does that, years and years after the simpler comedy ways of the original trio is more or less out of style? Well, let’s see how they did.

Larry, Moe and Curly were all discarded at the orphanage runs by these gangbuster nuns. Moe almost gets adopted and gets discarded yet again when he won’t go without his beloved brothers, who all look more or less exactly the same as they do when grown, as children. And so they grow, sort of mostly kinda, to men at the orphanage, attempting to do odd jobs around the place to earn their keep, all the while wreaking in new damages and causing the nuns extra hardship and money. So when word comes down that the place is about the be closed unless the nuns can come up with umtisquat amount of money, our intrepid trio heads out into the world to find real jobs to save their home! … Riiiight.

Moe is supposed to be the organizer, the brains of the operation. And yet he, after alienating the other two, lands himself a job on the film’s version of Jersey Shore along with several of the cast members. *Gag* Larry and Curly, already embroiled in a botched murder plot from the 1st and 2nd Act of the film, well they try to stumble on without Moe, but without him, hey, it isn’t 3 Stooges anymore. So what’s the point right? Things continue on their merry way and yes everything is wrapped up in the end, in a more or less ironic fashion if you were paying attention to what little of a plot there was.

Sean Hayes is Larry, not that you could really tell. His character is limp and doesn’t have a lot to distinguish him, other than how he looks. Chris Diamantopoulos is Moe, and again, while he looks like the iconic character, the role that they actually gave him to play in this movie rather fell flat. The only one I really liked was Will Sasso as Curly, his nyuknyuk noises are adorable and he’s the only one who doesn’t have a look per se, but rather mannerisms that have to be expressed properly – and Sasso pulls it off. He’s also the only character who, as a grown man Stooge mind you, makes references to things like alcohol and women. It’s a cute way to waste a few hours, but I’d say once was more than enough.

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