While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 4.3/10 (800 voted)
Critic's Score: 54/100
Stars: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso
Storyline Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now their childhood home may have to close due to financial difficulties. But Larry, Curly and Moe, employed as the foster home's inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot - while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.
Writers: Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly
Cast: Sean Hayes
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino
(as Michael Sorrentino)
Trivia: Jim Carrey was originally cast as Curly, but didn't want to wear a fat suit, and decided he was too old to gain the necessary weight without risking his health.
He's got a headache. Larry:
No, I don't.
[Moe bonks Larry on the head with a hammer]
How about now? Larry:
[holding his head]
Yeah, it's coming on.
I felt ten years old again
I remember loving Our Gang when I was a kid. Sitting in front of that
wood grain TV watching Spanky & Alfalfa, wishing I could be a part of
their adventures. Then I remember seeing the Little Rascals (1994)
remake, and hating it Despising it. Worst piece of crap ever. Utter.
trash. People who obviously had no respect for the original and
just...screwed it up.
Well, I also remember loving The Three Stooges as a kid. Just classic
material. Then I remember seeing the trailer for this new remake, and
hating it. I moved on, putting it out of my mind. It got the 2012
treatment and looked like how you would expect it to look when they
rape our memories for a quick buck.
Then I was invited to a top secret viewing of the flick. Free. I don't
pass up free stuff. So I went. Figured I would have fun ranting about
this movie later.
So , let me get this out of the way first. This movie surpassed my
extremely low expectations for it. And that is where I sat with it for
a while after I saw it, trying to figure out if I liked it because I
had low expectations, or because I truly find it to be actually funny.
I have confidently decided on the latter.
Yes, The Three Stooges 2012 is a *gasp* funny movie. I was pleasantly
surprised by the humor. Yes its essentially a fart joke movie, but .it
is a well made fart joke movie, which isn't easy to make. This isn't
Norbit. Like the originals, there are well placed jokes,nice set ups
and the story mostly moves along at a nice clip. The characters are
interesting and plenty of the gags are laugh out loud funny. The film
doesn't take itself seriously at all, and is better for it. I felt like
the Farrelly brothers have a lot of love for the Stooges, and it really
shows up on film.
You will fall in love the 10 year old versions of Larry Moe and Curly.
I would kill to see an entire movie based on them at the orphanage. IMO
10 year old Curly is channeling Vern from Stand by Me. Like, eerily a
pitch perfect Vern.
So the film is broken down into 3 episodes in classic Stooges format,
but its all one story. You will know where the story is going right
away, but it doesn't stop it from being entertaining. There are plenty
of twists that make for some laugh out loud jokes that I would hate to
ruin for you here. The adult versions of Larry Moe and Curly are REALLY
good. I have absolutely no complaints other than Moe's jaw looked too
big. That is about it. The mannerisms are flawless, sound effects are
on point, even the 'special effects' are done in a way that looks like
the originals. The way a bell falls on someone, or the way the boys
jump on horses. It is all done in a way that looks fake, but on
purpose. The attention to detail in that department made me smile.
There is some depth to Moe that we get to see that could have failed
miserably as groan inducing but really works here. I was impressed to
see some nuanced range. It was just the right touch.
What really makes this movie genuinely funny though are all the
peripheral characters. Everyone buys in to who they are in this
universe and plenty of characters will surprise you. Every single
character the Stooges interacted with in even the smallest ways brought
something worthwhile to the movie...just like in the originals.
*SPOILERS* So the cast of Jersey Shore is in the movie for a short
time. The only real issue I had was I thought they played the Jersey
Shore gag too much. Using topical humor too much traps a movie in that
time period, when The Stooges should always be timeless. With that
said, they used the cast well (I hate the show) and even had a
hilarious, out of left field Kardashian sisters joke. So the topical
stuff was funny, but I feel definitely wasn't needed. *END SPOILERS*
The greatest respect I can give this movie is it honestly made me feel
10 years old again. I was laughing like a kid. I let go of all the
criticisms I thought I would want to give it and just sat back and
ENJOYED IT. Cant remember the last time I did that with this kind of
movie. The audience loved it too and clapped at the end. I know right?
We must all be idiots, right? Nah. Take your son, nephew or goofy buddy
and sit back and enjoy some new Stooge material in 2012. Its not often
they get it RIGHT, so you owe it to yourself to see it on the big