The Three Stooges
Dim of Wit but Pure of Heart
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Starring: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris
Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch,
Sofia Vergara, Jennifer
Hudson, Craig Berko, Stephen
Collins, Larry David, Kirby
Heyborne, Kate Upton
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Executive Producer: Earl M. Benjamin, Robert N.
Benjamin, Mark S. Fischer
Producer: Bradley Thomas, Charles B.
Wessler, Bobby Farrelly, Peter
Writer: Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly,
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox International/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
The movie opens with three babies dropped off at an orphanage run by nuns. The three “angels from heaven” turn out to be anything but. Even as babies, they sport the oddball haircuts audiences have grown to know and love. Moe has a bowl-shaped haircut. Larry has two shocks of bushy red hair spouting from a bald pate. And, Curly has a very short buzz cut.
The boys drive Sister Mary-Mengele to distraction, but the Mother Superior is always tender and forbearing. Then, the nuns get word that the orphanage will have to close its doors in 30 days because of financial problems. Serving as the orphanage’s incompetent maintenance men, Moe, Larry, and Curly are determined to come to the rescue. They set out for the big city, determined to raise the $830,000 needed to keep the orphanage in business.
In the big city, they are duped by a scheming married lady and her boyfriend to bump off the lady’s husband. She offers to pay them the $830,000. The Stooges uncover her evil plot. They learn her real husband is their boyhood friend Teddy, who’s clueless about his wife’s evil plot.
As the Stooges try to save the day, they engage in plenty of their trademark antics, at a hospital, a golf course, and a swanky private party. Meanwhile, Moe finds stardom on Reality TV’s JERSEY SHORE, which features stooges of another kind.
THE THREE STOOGES is hilarious. The cast is perfect. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulos as Larry, Curly, and Moe bring forth the Stooges in all their glory. The movie contains a surprising amount of heartwarming emotional scenes amid all the comical chaos. In a couple scenes, the Stooges realize they need and rely on one another. In one subplot, Mother Superior is praying beside the bed of a sick orphan girl the Stooges have befriended. Thus, despite the edgy slapstick comedy and characters like the screaming, angry nun, the movie’s premise is morally uplifting and contains some positive, overt Christian references. Happily, the filmmakers have included an epilogue where two actors come out and show the children watching that all the hammers and hitting tools are rubber and that the Stooges don’t actually poke anyone in the eye but hit them on their foreheads.
Still, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. Please consult our CONTENT section above for details.
THE THREE STOOGES is hilarious. The cast is perfect. The three actors playing the Stooges bring forth the icons in all their slapstick glory. The movie contains a surprising amount of heartwarming emotional scenes amid all the comical chaos. In fact, the movie’s premise is morally uplifting and contains some positive, overt Christian references. Even so, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. Happily, THE THREE STOOGES comes with a short epilogue explaining that the physical comedy was faked.