The Three Stooges a Bit ‘Moe’ Than PG
Despite the mature plotline, Moe, Larry, and Curly deliver outstanding performances as the Three Stooges and brought out a lot of hysterical laughing from my two little kids.
I didn’t catch the first few minutes, but sat down just as baby Larry, Moe, and Curly were dumped off at the Sisters of Mercy Orphanage where they end up driving a bunch of famous-faced nuns who oddly do not age over a span of 35 years (Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson). Ten years later, they cause lots of trouble and when Moe gets adopted, he asks his new parents if they could please go back and adopt his two friends as well. Deciding they can’t split up the three boys, they take Moe back and take another kid named Teddy home to be their adopted son.
Embarrassed at what happened, little Moe lies and says that they wanted him to do tons of chores and that he didn’t want to go home with them anyway. Fast forward 25 more years and the three men still hope to be adopted until one day the orphanage receives word that they need to produce $830,000 or the orphanage will be forced to close in 30 days. To help, Moe, Larry, and Curly venture out into the world to attempt to raise the money to save their home.
In the city, they run into Lydia and Mac, who hatch a scheme to get the stooges to kill her husband so they can be together. The husband just so happens to be their old friend Teddy from the orphanage.
It was really weird watching this movie because their casting was so good that it was really like watching the original Three Stooges in color. I didn’t really like the ultra sultry character of Lydia with her adulterous, murderous scheme in a “family” movie, so for that reason I was a little uncomfortable watching this with my two little kids (6 and 8) but the upside to them being that young is that a lot of that went over their heads and they simply cackled with glee over the slapstick comedy angle.
The sound effects are there along with the eye poking, nose pinching, head knocking, and Three Stooge slap. I have never seen a single episode of Jersey Shore, so that part of the movie wasn’t as funny as it probably could have been. It’s weird to say that actors in a movie as ridiculous as this one are great actors, but it’s still an honest opinion. I think it takes quite a lot of skill to have to act this stupid and they pulled off the original feel of the Stooges with surprising accuracy. A rather strange part was that despite the awful haircut, I kept thinking Moe is quite a handsome man. Looking up photos of him, I can tell you that I wasn’t wrong.
At the end of the film, two really hunky men calling themselves the “Farrelly brothers” come on screen and give kids a little information about how they made the movie with rubber mallets and fake eye poking. I really appreciated this as it’s obviously a concern that you’ll find one of your kids standing over your other kid with a hammer in his hand.
Overall, my kids enjoyed it. My son constantly cracked up laughing at their antics and accidents and that’s what I remember the Three Stooges being for, a lot of good laughs.
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