I can safely say I was never a huge THREE STOOGES fan. My brand of comedy from back then was more Abbott and Costello. “Who’s on first?” is still one of the funniest things ever.
The Farrelly Brothers have been dreaming about making a Stooges movie since the started making comedies with “Dumb and Dumber”.
Slapstick humor has been their bread and butter for almost twenty years.
Their slapstick is very reminiscent of the classic trio especially if you look at movies like “Me, Myself & Irene” and “There’s Something About Mary”.
Even Jim Carrey’s classic look in “Dumb and Dumber” is reminiscent of Moe from the Stooges.
Their script has the trio trying to save the orphanage that has raised them since they were dumped on the doorstep.
They have to come up with $830,000 or their childhood home will be closed for good.
So they venture into the real world to try and find the money. They run into a scheming gold-digger (Sofia Vergara) and even one of them becomes a reality show star on “Jersey Shore”.
The movie is utterly painful to watch. The casting of Stooges, especially Sean Hayes, is amazing but their hi-jinx and brand of humor in a humorless real world is just painful to watch.
The movie would have been funnier if the comedy was set in the 1950s and they turned the Stooges into a device to break the fourth wall. A less tarnished idealistic world with these three instruments of chaos would have been hysterical. This kind of movie also I think would have paid better homage to these classic characters.
I only recommend this film for huge die-hard Stooges fans. It will not play to anyone else.
2 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer