The Three Stooges
Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
Teens Adults Family
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
April 13, 2012 (wide)
DVD: July 17, 2012
orphans in the Bible
“Just say Moe.”
To many readers over the age of 30, the name Three Stooges is synonymous with Saturday morning black-and-white shorts where Moe, Larry, and Curly bumbled their way through various escapades. The Farrelly Brothers (famous for such films as “There’s Something about Mary,” “Me, Myself, and Irene,” and “Shallow Hal”) are reintroducing the Stooges to a new generation who may have missed out!
For those who didn’t get to see the original series, the Three are Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes), and Curly (Will Sasso); they are lifelong friends who grew up in a Catholic orphanage under the strict care of several nuns (in this update the nuns include Jennifer Hudson and Jane Lynch as Mother Superior). The boys are destructive, and no one wants to adopt them. When the archdiocese wants to close the orphanage because of financial reasons, the boys (now adults who have never left the orphanage) go on a quest to somehow find the dough to keep their home open.
Let’s just put it out there—no one is getting an Academy Award for this movie. Some might walk away wondering why such a movie would get made in the first place. Violence galore (anyone familiar with the original Stooges is not surprised by this, at all—this is what they are known for)! Unnecessary attempts are made to sexualize certain scenes, and there is a very unnecessary scene with baby urine being sprayed in excess. Once again, as in most of their films, the Farrelly Brothers try too hard to be funny and try too hard to be sexy. Here’s a tip—write a good script and don’t play down to your audiences.
The charm of this movie (and perhaps its only saving grace) is the spot-on performance of Will Sasso as Curly. There is a great reminiscence factor in seeing these childhood friends on the big screen, for those of us over a certain age, but, overall, there’s not much going on here. I wouldn’t say don’t see it, but just go on a day where you have absolutely nothing better to do with your dollars—or just wait for the DVD or streaming service.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate—“Oh my God” (2), “Good Lord” (1) / Sex/Nudity: Moderate—cleavage, tight and revealing dresses, nun in very revealing swimsuit, foot on clothed breasts (accompanied by horn sound effect), lion's prominent scrotum (hit by peanut), bare baby bottom, lobster in Larry's pants
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