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The Three Stooges: Movie Review

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Let me start off by saying I am not the biggest fan of the Farrelly brothers. They made one funny movie, There’s Something about Mary, and followed up with a string of scatological, pedestrian flubs. Oddly, however, I am a fan of The Three Stooges. Sure, every episode I ever watched was after 3 a.m. in my college boyfriend’s dorm after, well, let’s just say a beer or two. But as I recall, there was a certain elegance to their comedy. Suffice it to say, I went into this movie with the bar set low, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Our story begins at the Sisters of Mercy orphanage, helmed by Mother Superior (Jane Lynch) and sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David), where our hapless trio was abandoned as babies. Shockingly never adopted, Larry (Sean Hayes), Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) and Curly (Will Sasso) grow up at the orphanage, wreaking havoc and destruction wherever they go. When the nuns suddenly find themselves in arrears, the boys head out into the world to raise $830,000 to save the day. They quickly come across the sultry Lydia (Sofia Vergara) and her lover, Mac (Craig Bierko), in search of three gullible blockheads willing to unwittingly help them murder Lydia’s rich husband, Teddy (Kirby Heyborne).

The film has almost all the signature Stooge standards: bicycle built for three, eye pokes, slaps, hospital scene, sledge-hammer whacks and the three-part harmony ‘hello.’ Although how anyone could make an homage to the Three Stooges without a pie fight is beyond me. The movie is rated PG, and it clearly is meant to appeal to a very young audience. The filmmakers wisely appear on screen after the movie and explain to viewers that the stunts are fake and ‘do not try this at home.’ The casting of the trio is spot on and the supporting cast is strong, as well. I laughed out loud on several occasions.

It's a 6.

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