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The Three Stooges

April 14, 2012

Curly: Don’t forget to dot the i’s. 
Moe: Certainly. 

Here’s something I never imagined myself saying – The Three Stooges is an incredibly charming flick with a whole lot of heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally against slapstick humor – when it is used in the wrong fashion. I believe it works best here because that’s what The Three Stooges are all about – silly, immature, hilarious humor. Does this movie have flaws? Of course it does! We’ve all seen the trailer – we all knew it wouldn’t be perfect. What I didn’t expect was the amount of fun I would have from watching the film. Furthermore, we are benefitted from our three leads, which are surprisingly faithful to the original cast. The Three Stooges is the type of film that shouldn’t be judged unfairly prior to a viewing. 

Now I know what you’re all thinking – “16-year-old film critic, of course he’ll enjoy this silly humor.” While some of that may be true, I’m sure that many of the fans of the original Stooges will be satisfied with this lovely update. The same spirit that made the original such a classic returns here – only with a more modernized update (the whole Jersey Shore plotline was skinned and unfunny). What’s great about the film is the amount of respect it obviously retains to the classic series, along with the totally committed roles from our three leads. Leave it to the unknowns to totally deliver.

The Three Stooges works best when it’s satirizing big-business junkies – mainly Sofia Vergara’s crackpot character. It pulls out every silly cliche from the big book of ridiculousness, and uses it to good purpose. What really works here is our three leads: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulos. For those complaining about these guys not being the original Stooges – I hate to say it, but this is the closest we’ll ever get to seeing them again. These three are totally committed and quite funny in their roles as these headache-enducing dummies. They even refreshen why we loved the Stooges in the first place. The roles of Moe, Curly, and Larry couldn’t have been played better in this day in age. The supporting cast is sort of mixed here. Some of the ensemble, I warmed up to – Larry David, Jane Lynch and company were genuinely funny, along with some of the kids. My gripe with the film is its “villain”, played by Sofia Vergara. I enjoy Vergara in Modern Family, but she should stick to that. 

Another thing I did not expect from the film was the amount of laughs it got out of me. As I mentioned, I’m pretty much against any type of slapstick humor – but the original Stooges are the gods of slapstick. Hell, they pretty much invented it. Anything you’ve ever seen even remotely related to silly humor is here – punches, kicks, slaps, smacks, explosions, falls, jumps, dives, and screams. To enjoy this, you have to forget the ridiculousness of the movie, and just have a good time. In the long run – The Three Stooges is better than ANYBODY expected. 

The Three Stooges – 3 ½ out of 5

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 20, 2012 2:08 pm

    Yes I totally agree. This was so much better than I was expecting. I was mildly surprised by 21 Jump Street, but that got great reviews. This hasn’t, but it’s still really hilarious. Nice review.

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