Not even the presence of Sofia Vergara, the woman who has launched a
generation of boys into puberty, could save this horrible, misguided,
poorly conceived mess called The Three Stooges.
It's not n'yuck n'yuck n'yuck. It's YUCK YUCK YUCK!
Larry (Sean Hayes), Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) and Curly (Will Sasso)
are three 35-year old best friends forever who were dropped off at the
orphanage as babies and never adopted. Now, they work as the
maintenance staff, but to call them bumbling is a compliment.
Of course, trouble is on the horizon as the orphanage is in debt to the
amount of $830,000, and the whole place will be closed down and the
children sent off to foster homes unless they find a way to pay it all
by the end of the month. Guess what! That's when Larry, Moe and Curly
set off into the world to raise the money.
Can these three stooges raise $830,000 in one month?
Can you make it through the entire movie without throwing your popcorn
at the screen?
While watching The Three Stooges, you practically can envision
the greedy studio execs rubbing their hands together in anticipation of
counting all of the money they hope to swindle out of true stooges fans
, but if the dedicated weren't willing to embrace Curly Joe, what makes
anyone think they will embrace these three dudes?
Ultimately, you aren't watching THE Three Stooges. You are watching
three guys do an impression of THE Three Stooges, and that doesn't have
the magic and the authenticity of the original. It's like Nickelback
doing a cover of a Beatles song. It just isn't the same.
The Farrelly Brothers (Bobby and Peter), who directed the movie and
wrote it with Mike Cerrone, haven't given us some sort of biographical
look at The Three Stooges, which might have been interesting. Instead,
they have taken the idea of the stooges and dropped them into modern
day, which isn't entertaining as all they do is mimic the stooges, hope
the slapstick material will make you giggle and subject the audience to
one of the most agonizing potty humor sequences I have ever witnessed.
When I saw the movie with people who won free tickets, the guy in front
of me fell asleep! That's never a good sign.
They couldn't even come up with an original story idea. Trying to save
the orphanage where they were raised is the plot of The Blues
Brothers, a movie that is two trillion times funnier and memorable.
Like in The Blues Brothers, The Farrelly Brothers even try to
bring in a series of stars to liven up the proceedings, but Jane Lynch,
Larry David, Kate Upton, Jennifer Hudson and Dwight Howard must have
been paid very well to subject themselves to being in this one, because
I can't imagine any of them begging to be in the movie after reading
the script (maybe they weren't given scripts ahead of time?).
Even Craig Bierko, best known for being the guy who passed on starring
in Friends as Chandler Bing, probably went back to his trailer
to build a time machine so he could return to the 90's, take that role
and never ever have to be in The Three Stooges.
If you want to see The Three Stooges in action, don't go see these
imposters. Get the originals on DVD.
The only joy I got out of this movie was watching Moe beat up the kids
from The Jersey Shore.
The Three Stooges is rated PG for slapstick
action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language.