The Three Stooges
Tim Cooper on
July 16th, 2012
a film directed by
and Peter Farrelly
Bobby and Peter Farrelly and Mike Cerrone
Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos
(Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) are
unwanted mischievous orphans. Sticking together as youths and all the
causing trouble, they are the bane of both Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry
and Mother Superior’s (Jane Lynch) existence. The mischievous
soon turn into The Three Stooges.
reborn, classic Hollywood trio, have a talent for mayhem and chaotic
destruction. Unwanted as young boys, they now find themselves as men
to be heroes. To save the orphanage they now work for, they need to
into the world and raise almost a million dollars to save their sacred
and Peter Farrelly are responsible for a plethora of deplorable
comedies. None of these films have reached any kind of sophistication
cinematic credibility. It is bewildering to even comprehend a studio
give funds and a green light to these overly stale “creative” siblings.
their previous work with hair gel, conjoined twins or Jim Carey’s rage
blackouts has shown that they can offer a fresh take on the on the
classic trio The Three Stooges. With
the obvious dollar-making trend of remakes continuing, this film comes
surprise and much hesitation. It is a disgraceful move from fat cat
who somehow have now discovered they can dig deeper into Hollywood
mine for cash.
the actors in The Three Stooges,
while adequate in their roles, come undone the moment the directors try
them in such obvious modern settings like the set of Jersey
Shore. They instantly try to modernise laughs and succumb to
crowd pleasing the fifteen year olds. This is a minimising creative
that shows a move for a wider audience reach, money grabbing and no
understanding of its subjects. The supporting cast is dull and
Craig Bierko is still in films is unclear. Sofia Vergara is a horror to
in any medium. She is crass, untalented and a shinning beacon of what’s
in Hollywood. Comic timing is being lost in feature films and on
is plastic, inadaptable actors like Vergara that are taking roles
to non-silicon fueled actors who can deliver a line with nuance and
talent is not used at all and who exactly is Kate Upton? The only
the supporting cast come from Larry David. In vaudevillian times it was
uncommon for men to play women. Having David play Sister Mary-Mengele
his nun attire remains funny and very offbeat. A film such as this
nods to its past roots like this, while still being filmed with a fresh
Placing the who’s who of bad television into the mix is not clever or
respectful to the legacy.
are some great set pieces in the film involved with slapstick comedy
site gags. They are typical, painful, and just what you would expect.
remains accurate to what has come before and will warm the hearts of
and small children. It’s the spaces in between where The
Three Stooges falls down and not in a funny way. Fans should be
aware of these moments before watching. For those who haven’t indulged
Larry, Curly and Moe’s antics before this are warned to stay well away.
may just end up poking your own eyes out. Stooges style.