The Three Stooges came out in theaters last April 13th 2012, the story of three orphans: Larry, Curly and Moe go through different misadventures throughout their life. So how did The Three Stooges movie do on the big screen? Sad to say not every single critic was impressed by this remake of the TV series. Here is a movie review from one of the top critics of the movie world:
“The Three Stooges: A Verdict On This Comedy Film
“The Three Stooges” isn’t presented in 3-D. Moe, Larry and Curly can’t reach through the screen to poke your eyes, box your ears, pull your nose hairs or sock you in the stomach.
That doesn’t mean you are completely safe.
The imbecilic “Stooges” still manages to pummel you into submission with 92 minutes of relentless stupidity. Even by Stooges standards, it’s overly juvenile and totally dumb. What I didn’t expect was for it to be so dated and out of touch with what modern audiences find funny. “You haven’t changed a bit,” one character tells the Three Stooges. Maybe they should have, though. Just a little.
The original Stooges, of course, were a vaudeville act whose physical shtick was characterized by aggressive but finely choreographed kicks, punches, snaps and falls. The Stooges put the “slap” in slapstick, the “rough” in rough and tumble . . . and for the time period (primarily in the 1930s and ’40s), it was high comedy.
With the Farrelly brothers’ (Bobby and Peter) “Stooges,” the routine hits a new low. The worst criticism I can level at this reboot is that it’s unnecessary. There isn’t a single idea in the film that justifies the Farrellys dragging these classic characters out of the mothballs, no valid reason to put three willing actors through the torturous rigors of a lackluster Stooges story.
Once, years ago, the Farrellys had a reason. They’d been developing a Stooges script, and they allegedly had Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro loosely attached to the roles of Curly, Larry and Moe, respectively. Tell me that doesn’t sound enticing. And yet, I’m not even sure that trio of award winners could have brought enough firepower to ignite the dim gags served up in this lackadaisical “Stooges.”
The story starts with the baby Stooges being abandoned on the steps of an orphanage, where Mother Superior (Jane Lynch), Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson) and Sister Mary-Mengele (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” curmudgeon Larry David) struggle to raise the terrible toddlers.
Thankfully, the Farrellys and regular screenwriting collaborator Mike Cerrone (“Me, Myself and Irene”) fast-forward through 25 years of antics to get to a point where older Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) must venture off into the real world. They’re tasked with raising $830,000 in 30 days, or their precious orphanage faces foreclosure. They are men – er, grown children – on a mission.”
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