The Three Stooges
For characters like the Three Stooges to work in today’s time, great care would have to be taken in order to work. The movie has been in development hell for years. I’ve heard news about this movie as early as 2003. Maybe we’ll finally see the Ghostbusters that’s been rumored on and off again. I can see why this movie took a while to make. The shorts that were the basis for the movie were fine. They were a delightful twenty to thirty minutes of slapstick with a couple of cheap puns. So expanding it would be hard, but not impossible. The Three Stooges have been given to the Farley brothers, a set of filmmakers who have directed other slapstick style comedies. So is the movie a laugh or a bonk on the head?
The first thing I will say is that I remember watching the Stooges back when I was in the fifth grade. I had a lot of laughs and saw some black and white I enjoyed (I know, I’m ashamed too). I eventually turned to other programs while my older brother stayed a fan. So I took him with me to see the new Stooges. I noticed immediately that there were a lot of kids in the audience. I was watching the movie with the right set of people; families. I could tell that this movie was going to make people laugh regardless if it was good or not.
The Three Stooges goes for something different. Rather then a continues, linear movie, it is instead three new episodes of the guys. Though the episodes have different situations, the overall story remains the same. The Stooges, Moe, Larry, and Curly, have discovered that their orphanage is going to foreclose, unless they can raise $800,000. They set out, promising to have to money in no time. The movie does have a murder plot, everyone has come to see the Stooges pull off their classic tricks.
The Stooges are casted great. I once remembered reading about The Three Stooges being a big budgeted remake with big stars like Russell Crowe and Jim Carry playing the parts. I’m glad they didn’t do that. Instead, they simply got three actors who not only look the part, but also become the part. As I sat through this, I saw that there was a nostalgic energy to the movie. They kept the slapstick tone. I just wished it could have stayed that way.
The big problem with the story is that it continually has to acknowledge that it’s in modern times. I don’t have a problem with them doing that, but they do it so bad. The Jersey Shore scenes are so painful to watch. Plus without giving it away, the movie has two really bad toilet humor jokes. The Three Stooges may have been about slapstick, but bathroom jokes are too cheap. But let’s be honest.
The Three Stooges were made for kids, and this was produced as a family film. The kids in my theater were laughing all the way through. Though this film fall for the dumb family formula, The Three Stooges barley passes in my books as a good Saturday matinee.
So I'll give this three small mallets out of five. Fans of the Stooges are probably going to like this. But you have to be in the right mood. This is not meant to be taken seriously.