Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns at birth, three friends Moe, Larry and Curly spend their time eye poking and slapping each other all the day long. But when their orphanage suddenly goes bankrupt, the three Stooges set out to save it by journeying into the world to find a way to raise the money required. But their quest brings them into being used in a murder scheme and landing them into a popular reality show.Written by
During the "dentist" scene early in the movie, the three boys claim to be "dabbling in the arts" when Mother Superior comes into the room to summon them to lunch. Two of the three are doing things that mirror interests in the real Stooges' lives. Moe is reading, something (according to his brother Jack) he loved to do. Larry is playing the violin, at which the real Larry Fine was quite proficient (initially the violin training was in response to a childhood accident), indeed good enough that his parents seriously considered sending him to Europe to study at a music conservatory. See more »
The scene where the couple who would eventually become Teddy's parents are driving down the road with Moe is supposed to be 25 years prior to present day (2012), yet following behind them is clearly a red Jeep Liberty, which didn't go into production until 2001. See more »
[an orphan says "We're not just orphans" as the orphans play a game of kick the can; Sister Mary-Mengele blows her whistle]
Everybody inside! Come on, time for your chores!
But Sister Mary-Mengele, the game's tied! Can't we just play another couple of minutes? Please?
No, you can't. Now get inside! And pick up that soccer can and put it back in the equipment shed where it belongs!
Wait a second, Sis, you gotta hear us out!
We didn't ask for this
We didn't pray for this
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Right before the end credits, 2 actors posing as the Farrelly Brothers appear on screen to deliver a "Don't Try This At Home" announcement. Also, towards the end of the closing credits, there is a music video featuring The Three Stooges and 'Jennifer Hudson'. See more »
The UK theatrical version was cut for a PG rating, to remove the following imitable techniques:
A vegetable peeler used on a man's head.
A cheese grater used on a man's foot.
Hair tongs used on a woman's tongue.
A man's head being shoved into a microwave.
A verbal reference to playing with matches.
The uncut version was rated 12 on video. See more »
The Stooge legacy exists apart from time itself – I loved them when I was nine for the eye-pokes; I loved them in later life for the knowing humor (and the eye-pokes). I loved them even though they were from a long gone era. And most people I know hold the Stooges in the same high esteem I do. Among goofy guys like me, they are the high priests. They are sacred cows.
There is a great risk in taking on a sacred cow. If nothing else, I admire the courage of the Farrelly brothers, goofy guys themselves, who would know the risks all too well. Die-hard Stooge fans might even wish for the failure of the project, if nothing else but to affirm the irreplaceable nature of the Stooges.
All that said, I admit I approached the movie skeptically. In the end, I was won over. The movie's homage to the Stooges is in getting them right. All of the slapstick humor is there; all of the wisecracks are there. These Stooges capture the craziness and the randomness of the original Stooges without trying too hard to "interpret the role" or any such silliness. It's respectful of the original.
For me, once I was comfortable with these guys as the Stooges, the fun was in seeing the Stooges in the present day, where smacking someone over the head with a sledgehammer is even less acceptable than it was in the 1930's. They goof on all sorts of present day annoyances- Jersey Shore, the Kardashians, just like they goofed on high society and other annoyances of their own time.
The bottom line: I was laughing the whole time. If you're a Stooges fan, there's a lot to like – just give the movie a chance.
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