The Three Stooges

Farrelly Brothers

BY Serena WhitneyPublished Apr 12, 2012

Years in the making, the Farrelly Brothers have finally delivered their passion project – a film adaptation of Three Stooges – to the big screen, despite the fact that no one besides hardcore Three Stooges fans were passionate about seeing it in the first place.

Only three years ago, the film had big name A-listers such as Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benico Del Toro, attached to it. However, the finished version features former TV stars and an unknown comedian as the slapstick trio.

The film promptly begins when the newborn stooges are left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns. Years go by and now the grown-up trio of Larry, Curly and Moe (played respectively by Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos) work as useless repairmen, when they are not tormenting themselves and the tired, fed-up nuns.

When the head nun (a wasted performance by Jane Lynch) tells them that the orphanage will have to close down in a month due to massive debt, the Three Stooges decide to go to the big city to help raise money to keep the orphanage open. Many eye-pokings, nyukings and wooings ensue.

Although the Farrelly Brothers cleverly implement a three-episode arc that makes up an entire film (these stories include the orphanage prologue, a ludicrous murder plot and a Jersey Shore parody), The Three Stooges plays out like most early '90s film adaptations of television shows (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch and The Addams Family, just to name a few) and predictably puts the dated characters into a contemporary setting while poking fun at the resulting culture clash, proving that this film is about 15 years too late.

Despite the fact that the actors playing the Stooges do a tremendous job paying tribute to the original trio with their mannerisms, body language and flawlessly timed slapstick choreography, the comedic attempts have the capacity to put audience members in a state of catatonia. The gags range from corny to ridiculous. A villain bitch slaps a lion repeatedly in the face. Moe puts one of the Jersey Shore cast's head in a microwave. Characters repetitively shout out shameless plugs to Geico car insurance commercials. The comedy is so bizarre that viewers can't help but laugh due to its sheer absurdity.

Unless you're a diehard Three Stooges fan, this won't make you chuckle for the right reasons. In fact, the only thing most viewers will be thinking after the movie is done is that co-star Jennifer Hudson really needs to be force-fed a sandwich, and a new agent.

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