The Three Stooges – 2012
Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Starring Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Larry David, Sofia Vergara, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, Lin Shaye, Brian Doyle-Murray, The Cast of the Jersey Shore
Screenplay by Mike Cerrone and The Farrelly Brothers
Never having been a fan of The Stooges, I was nonplussed when I heard that there was a movie coming out featuring a modern rendition. At best, it would be as good as the original, and I wasn’t going to stand in line for that. Then they announced that the Farrelly Brothers were involved. Okay then, maybe on video.
By the time it was released on video, I found myself looking forward to renting it on Redbox. Then, because of the stupid movie studios putting off releasing it for another 28 days to prop up Blockbuster’s weary and dated business model as well as their faint hopes of sales, I wait until now. I can tell you though, it was worth the wait, especially if they Blockbuster goes completely broke in the process.
The trio playing Larry, Curly and Moe are more than sufficient. I can’t say that they have all that big of shoes to fill, since it only involves a series of slaps, pokes and smashes. Then there are the sound effects. All of this stuff is good, but who am I to judge?
Where the movie really succeeds is in a stroke of genius that is including the cast of Jersey Shore. This is yet another show I have never seen all the way through, and still don’t plan to. Seeing the entire crew of those morons taken apart by three even more ridiculous goofballs is a slice of heaven. Sure it’s contrived, but it looks like it hurts them, and that is important to me.
The rest of the staff is pretty generic for a film of this kind. Sofia Vergara is a bimbo, which is less than she is capable of. Jane Lynch is a Nun, which seems oddly right. Larry David is also a Nun. This is more than I think he is capable of, but it works. Having Jennifer Hudson as a Nun is better for David’s response to her. Stephen Collins could have been played by the bad guy from Happy Gilmore. No one would know the difference.
If you like the Farrellys, like I do, then check this movie out. Nothing else matters to the equation.
(*** out of *****)