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The Kidd Vs. THE THREE STOOGES

Published at: April 13, 2012, 2 p.m. CST by The Kidd

 

For a film that’s been in development for well over a decade, you’d think that the Farrelly brothers would have taken that time to make sure they actually understood and got what’s made the Three Stooges so memorable and still funny after all these years. It’s not just about the slapstick. Hell, watching three guys just smack the shit out of each other can get awfully repetitive unless you’ve come to care about who’s doing the smacking. There was always a lovable nature to the Stooges – Larry, Curly and Moe – that made their slapstick act resonate. They were good-hearted and childlike, always trying to do the right thing, even though that right thing usually meant someone’s wrong thing was getting foiled and they’d be physically punished as a result (unbeknownst to the Stooges of course). That’s what made their violence so funny. They were oblivious to it happening to others, and, when done to each other, it was more an act of endearment than anything else… you know, like we so lovingly call our friends “asshole” and “bitch.” Whether they were looking to get paid or help out someone in need, the slapstick became a by-product of the Stooges and helped define the Stooges, but their act was more than three guys standing around hitting each other. I’m not so sure the Farrellys’ THREE STOOGES realizes that.

Told through a set of three shorts that aren’t really shorts, because the film is constructed more as one longer film that’s just broken up into three connected segments, THE THREE STOOGES follows Moe, Larry and Curly as they try to save the Sisters of Mercy Orphanage from closing, needing to raise $830,000 within 30 days. Only it’s not the real Moe, Larry and Curly, as the last of the most recognizable version of the trio died almost 30 years ago.  It’s Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe), Sean Hayes (Larry) and Will Sasso (Curly) in their place, basically acting as Three Stooges impersonators doing a Three Stooges film. The Farrellys try to get you to care about this version of the Stooges by taking you back to their childhood days, back to when their special bond was formed by Moe turning down being adopted in order to not be separated from his two buds. Now I never needed an explanation as to why the Three Stooges remained so close, even as frying pans to the face were being dished out with regularity. I don’t need any part of their origin to be laid out for me, and its inclusion in THE THREE STOOGES feels completely out of place as it makes up nearly 1/3 of the movie.  Could the Farrellys not come up with enough material for the adult Stooges? After all, who wants to spend time watching kid Stooges in action anyway?

However, where THE THREE STOOGES feels the strangest is in its assumption that the audience will just be able to watch these three actors and accept them as continuations of the original Stooge personas. It may be easier for someone who’s never watched the Stooges before, but, as someone who was shown their brand of comedy at a very early age, THE THREE STOOGES feels like a fraud. It’s the equivalent of your uncle renting out a six-foot yellow pigeon costume for your birthday and calling himself Big Bird. That’s NOT Big Bird, and, no matter how badly the Farrellys and their cast want you to believe it, these are NOT the Three Stooges.

There are a few scattered laughs to be had throughout the film, because the Stooges’ act lends itself to naturally be funny. However, the Farrellys just couldn’t leave well enough alone in letting the Stooges be the Stooges. They had to incorporate their own brand of humor into the flick as well, which then just sets up situations where it’s the Farrellys’ Stooges more than anything else. There’s the stench of desperation to putting the Stooges in this modern era with forced jokes about Facebook poking, Twitter and iPhones. Bringing the crew of THE JERSEY SHORE really scrapes the bottom of the barrel, because if it looks like pandering, that’s because it probably is. Begging for the Stooges to be relevant with younger audiences today by involving the worst of the worst when it comes to their entertainment doesn’t create any laughs. It creates groans and face palming. I’m sure the Farrellys thought I’d be living the dream vicariously through Moe by watching him smack around the likes of Snooki, J-Woww and The Situation… but it’s not funny when their very presence makes me annoyed. I don’t want to see them take a beating. I just don’t want to see them. But back to the Farrellys’ sense of humor... Toilet humor and fart jokes have no place in a Stooges picture.  Neither do nut shots, which really becomes the classless version of the Stooges’ beatings. Having a food fight, complete with pie throwing, is perfectly acceptable.  Having a pee shoot-out is not.

There are more subtle nods to what made the Stooges funny outside of that slapstick. The names of a couple of law firms in the film – Kickham, Harter & Indagroyne and Ditcher, Quick & Hyde – are perfect examples. There’s also at least one standout Stooge – Sean Hayes as Larry.  Hayes seems to be the only one of the three that isn’t altered into a caricature, with Sasso reduced to an overuse of Curly mannerisms. Hayes though is able to stick it out as that middle Stooge that never received a lot of attention, and, in sticking with that formula, his take on Larry remains consistent with that of the original. He’s not too much in the forefront, and he’s not at all forgotten. He’s featured just the right amount and is really the glue that keeps the Stooges together. Diamantopolous may have the look and speech pattern of Moe correct, but it’s the decision to take Moe into reality TV that really does a disservice to his work and ruins the character. Larry David also makes a strong adversarial nun during the Stooges’ time at the orphanage. This could have easily been dismissed as gimmick casting, but David takes the surliness from his CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM persona and injects it into Sister Mary-Mengele.

THE THREE STOOGES isn’t anywhere near as bad as I was expected it to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly good either. You’ll find yourself laughing in spots, but really the whole film feels unnecessary. I could have gotten a much better experience sitting at home watching the old black and whites than I did watching imposters try to pull off the same material at the movies. I’m slightly curious to see how things may have worked out with Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in the Stooge roles, but I get the feeling it would have been more of the same… three guys who aren’t the Stooges pretending to be the Stooges, only with bigger name value. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • April 13, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Any chance for a Abbott and Costello movie?

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 13, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The Kidd Vs. My Cock

    by Simpsonian

    cumming soon!

  • April 13, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Figured this would stink.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    May see it for Larry David, though.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    from jim carrey. benecio del torro, and sean penn

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    to will sasso... something got really screwed up here

  • April 13, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    WHY DO I FEEL COMPELLED TO SEE THIS...?

    by Astronut

    I saw the trailer, most of it seemed funny to me except for the way-too-lengthy high note from the lobster incident.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I like Sean Hayes

    by tomdolan04

    Sue me <p> Still wouldn't persuade me to see this in a million years.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    AND FOR THE RECORD, I LOVE THE ORIGINAL STOOGES...

    by Astronut

  • April 13, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    they do look like the original Three Stooges

    by Titus05

    but it's not a good sign when you need to promote your movie on WWE Monday Night Raw

  • C'mown, it looks funny. At least a rental.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    We know this isn't the Stooges, thanks for the insight douche.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I mean, duh it's not the originals. Will never be the originals. You touched on all the things that I know I'm gonna hate in this movie and for that I salute you. (first time) But it seems like you didn't even want to give yourself a chance to give this movie a chance. Not that anything with Jersey Shore cast needs to be given a chance. (Unless your putting the Situation on a Roast show to make himself look stupid and talentless as he is)

  • What do you call your enemies?!?

  • April 13, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    and why wasn't Obama cast as Buckwheat?

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    lil sally, you're an ass. Leave your politics at the door.

  • I imagine you went to see a movie called the Three Stooges expecting it to be an intellectual comedy...Me thinkst these guys go into the movies hoping they suck so they can bitch about them..its getting old, but I am drawn to this site for the movie info..not the lame reviews.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Shemp was the best stooge

    by elsewhere

    Thankfully he was left well enough alone.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I don't get it, The Kidd...

    by Kirbymanly

    First you say, "Hell, watching three guys just smack the shit out of each other can get awfully repetitive unless you’ve come to care about who’s doing the smacking." But then you say, "Now I never needed an explanation as to why the Three Stooges remained so close, even as frying pans to the face were being dished out with regularity." Which is it?

  • April 13, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Billy

    by Kevin

    Find the TV movie,much better,...

  • April 13, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Bullshit!

    by matthooper8

    This looks fuckin' hilarious and I bet it is. That review is pretentious babble. We accept them because from what I've seen they are SPOT ON.

  • Now!

  • April 13, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Will, Sean and Chris do an amazing job as the Stooges.

    by Bob

    I know it's not the originals, but you can tell there's a LOT of respect & love for the late Stooges, as these guys are so spot on, it's almost uncanny. The movie isn't horrible, glad they went with PG, and didn't go the route of an endless string of over the top gross out jokes like the Farrely's usually do. Again, respect. Taking my kid to see it, as he's laughed at all the commercials.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Fair play to you Kidd. You've contributed more in a month than Harry has in three.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 13, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Kidd vs his Ego . . .

    by elmo

    Goes down in the first round

  • April 13, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    SAM RAIMI

    by sickerandsweeter

    Am I the only one that thinks Sam Raimi should have done this remake?

  • April 13, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Saw a screening earlier this week and it wasn't bad

    by SifoDyasJr

    Definitely worth a rental. Not the train wreck it could have been, but also far from a masterpiece. If you like the original Stooges, you'll probably like this. If you hated them, you won't. The thing that impressed me the most, is that even though it was a modern-day setting, the movie stayed incredibly true to the original Stooges' personalities.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember "Brain Doners"?

    by cookylamoo

    That didn't work either.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I really can't wait

    by jellypop

    to not see this. Honestly, its getting bad.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The Three Stooges

    by jim mizerock

    How do these assholes end up ponificating on here? I just got back from seeing The Three Stooges and everyone was screaming with laughter. It's great! Quit over thinking it, it's The Three Stooges for God's sake. This Kidd moron is fucked in the head.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    2 biased

    by MapMan

    You said you expected it to be bad. Lo and behold you didn't like it. Your review holds no merit with me.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    As I feared...

    by Sandy

    Complete crap.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The most recognizable versions of the Stooges died 30 years ago? Uh no

    by sunwukong86

    Moe Howard Curly Howard and Larry Fine ARE the Stooges.

  • April 13, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Not that I think this film will be very good, but...

    by Jay

    I like how everyone is all of a sudden a 3 Stooges expert on the Internet. They weren't like Chaplin, where there was more to the silly slapstick. There's no deeper understanding. This whole "the movie doesn't understand what made them good in the first place" is complete bullshit IMO. The fact is, I don't think most people genuinely like the originals in the first place. They just say they do because they watched a short on youtube and it makes them sound relevant. Yes, there's a few hilarious and iconic shorts that have stood the test of time. But the majority of their output is dated and simply not that great. Don't get me started on their movies... And I'm not defending this new one. But I have no doubt that if this was in black & white, and with the original actors, it would be considered "classic" like the rest of them apparently are.

  • April 13, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    the whole first paragraph is bizarre

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Like he's projecting onto what is is in essence a live-action cartoon. Sorry but the classic Stooges weren't exactly heartwarming

  • April 13, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The Kidd doesn't like another movie...

    by TheMovieLover

    ... what a shocker.

  • April 13, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Is there an 'I wanna be your dog' reference?

    by Baron Karza

  • April 13, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Kidd is one of the best writers in this place, so...

    by MisterManReturns

    ...quit the damn bitching. Would you rather have another godawful "Battleship"-esque review, you peanut gallery pissants?

  • April 13, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Entertainment Weekly gave Three Stooges an A- grade

    by Titus05

  • April 13, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    When I was a kid(d) I asked my mom if the stooges were still alive.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    She said no. When I asked how they died she said that they poked each other in the eyes too many times. I then went on for the rest of my childhood thinking that if you got bonked on the head, poked in the eye, or had your nose pulled by plyers too many times you could die.

  • April 13, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Entertainment Weekly Has Zero Cred

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    God I miss Premiere magazine.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    As a fan, I will say it was pretty decent

    by Terrence

    AMC is showing the shorts late at night most nights as of late, and I had to catch myself up. The flick is accurate, almost eerily accurate to their shtick, and you have to honestly be familiar with their style to "get it", as people have said over the years.

  • ...was the day I knew I'd never poison my mind with it, even on basic cable. To pay money and have to look at those pieces of shit on a movie screen? It would never happen. I'm just glad they let the public know that Jersey Shore vermin was in this movie. This way I knew immediately that it had to be avoided in every format.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Damn, Kidd, putting in overtime or something? Props.

    by kidicarus

  • April 13, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Felt same way when I saw SPAMELOT on stage

    by George Newman

    It feels off to see other performers acting in the place of deeply iconic actors and their characters. Even though the play had broadway talent, it wasn't Chapman, Cleese, Palin, Idle, and the Terrys! It's fun for about 10 minutes to stand around and do Python quotes with your friends, and the musical was had the same sensation. I am not very interested in these guys' impression abilities.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Hey, Kidd, you're numbskull!

    by XENU TV

    Just saw the film and I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was...a well executed Three Stooges film. It's not brilliant, it's just a way to spend an hour and a half enjoying these knuckleheads in today's world. As a kid, the Stooges to me were always Curly. He is the one who made me tune in. He was a unique comic genius and a true original. I always appreciated how the three worked together but it was Curly's surrealistic nature and his superb comic timing that made those early shorts hum. The only surprise for me in the new film is how little attention I paid to Curly. I really enjoyed how spot on the recreations were of Moe and Larry. Not to knock Will Sasso who did a fine job but you can't recreate genius. But Dino and Sean seemed to be channeling Moe and Larry and I found them to be wildly entertaining in the simplest of toss away lines. There were a bunch of grandparents with grandkids in the theater today and I heard a lot of laughs from both. I think that's all this film aimed to achieve and the fact that it succeeded as well as it did is no small achievement. I dreaded the inclusion of Snooki and company but they had little to do and it fit in fine. I also was surprised to find myself choked up by the film and while we don't need a backstory for the Stooges, in a feature length film it doesn't hurt to add a little heart. I hope the film does well enough to spawn a few sequels because I'd like to see them crank some more of these out. The Stooges films were never high art. They were just fun. That was this new film is, too.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    What makes the Stooges funny isn't slapstick 'love taps'...

    by Tom Fremgen

    Eureka!" "Quiet! You don't smell so great yourself!

  • April 13, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    What makes the Stooges funny isn't slapstick 'love taps'...

    by Tom Fremgen

    Eureka!" "Quiet! You don't smell so great yourself!

  • April 13, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    What makes the Stooges funny isn't slapstick 'love taps'...

    by Tom Fremgen

    It's that, they are a study of frustration. Whether they are trying to bake, sew, build, sell or even fight crime, things go wrong- and unlike real life, they get to lash out physically over it. Nearly everyone (mostly men!) wish they could do that. That plus their lack of common sense, and clever gags- Eureka! - Quiet! You don't smell so great yourself! Is what makes them funny. And I'm not to suprised the movie under performs. The Farrelly brothers have usually always forget the 'cause' and over hype the 'effect' in their humor. Note-Sorry quotes are messing with me :p

  • April 13, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    It's not the original Three Stooges!?! Holy shit!!!

    by rev_skarekroe

    I am fucking pissed off! I haven't been this mad since I found out the real Beatles weren't in Beatlemania!!!

  • April 13, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    You assholes need to get off your high horses...

    by aegri_mentis

    Not every trip to the movies is a mission to see a fucking Oscar winner. Sometimes, you just want to go laugh, or what the fuck ever. I'll see it just because I'm fascinated with how much Sasso looks and acts like Curly.

  • April 13, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    And Larry was always my favorite Stooge...

    by aegri_mentis

    Curly was the funniest, Moe scared me as a kid, and Shemp looked too much like my grandpa. I refuse to recognize Joe Besser and Joe DeRita as Stooges Larry was always the middle man, slightly effeminate, and seemingly the only one with a modicum of common sense.

  • April 13, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    And the Stooges were increidbly short

    by aegri_mentis

    Of the original four, Shemp was the tallest at 5'7' tall. Larry, Curly and Moe were all 5'4" tall.

  • NO

  • Same here but i doubt that the film will be a hit.It is tracking for a 15$ weekend opening.OUCH.

  • April 13, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Will happlily download the torrent of this.

    by DickBallsworth

    That's how many fucks I give.

  • April 13, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I'd hate to be that "downer"...

    by Jarrete Barnett

    But this movie has F-L-O-P written all over it.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Curly was a comic genius

    by Ricky Retardo

    You can't imitate what he did. Just watch the old shorts and marvel at how brilliant he was as a physical and verbal comic.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Good lord, I thought Moe *was* Jim Carrey.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This is a positive review! So it's not as horrible as expected

    by happybunni

  • April 13, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I'm pissed they overlooked joe Besser

    by captain_kirk

    Maybe next one. Or for love or mummy 2.

  • Would you take investment advice from Moe Howard?

  • April 13, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    According to Deadline, Stooges is doing well so far...

    by SifoDyasJr

    They're predicting #2 at the B.O. behind Cabin in the Woods and ahead of The Hunger Games.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable Kidd

    by Kevin Fields

    Man you are reviewing every movie that comes out and writing reviews in a very timely fashion I don't know where you find the time but keep it up bro. Thanks

  • April 13, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    The damn thing only cost 30 mil to make

    by Terrence

    If it hits 15, that's a win.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Fake Shemps....

    by Jobacca

    This review seems to get at the root of the problem with this movie...the Stooges were not "characters" so much as exaggerated versions of the men who played them. Same with a lot of the early vaudeville acts...Abbott and Costello,Laurel and Hardy,The Stooges....I would cringe in unholy terror if somebody made a rebooted Abbott and Costello meets the Mummy with Jack Black playing Lou Costello playing Freddie Franklin. But....if you want to make a comedy called Jack Black meets the Mummy...perfectly OK. Certain characters are tied to the actors that played them....thats why the later Stooge shorts with all the fake Curly wannabes are not so fondly remembered. Now and forever,there can be only one Larry,Curly,and Moe.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Promo on WWE

    by sewiz

    Anybody see the promotion on Monday Night Raw? One of the most awkward things I have ever seen. Moe and Larry come out to the ring, then Curly comes out acting like he is Hulk Hogan. I think they expected the crowd to really be into it and they were just getting booed. I gotta say I feel like Sasso and Hayes do a nice job but what's his name of Greek heritage seems like he is trying way to hard. It was interesting to see Sasso as Curly doing Hogan...it almost worked...which is what I figure this movie will probably end up being for me. Almost there.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Strangly, this will make more than A Shit in the Woods

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Meta geek is a flaccid affair

  • April 13, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Moe is the leader.

    by Yelsaeb

  • April 13, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    if they hadnt tried to do anything original with it

    by jsfithaca

    u wouldve been like oh it felt a shot by shot remake. and then when they do u bitch and moan abou how bad it is. it was so obvious this site wasnt gonna give the movie a chance. not that ill see it myself, but still just kinda pisses me off

  • AND HE COMES FROM MY BIRTHPLACE CITY TOO.YEAH.

  • April 13, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Kill the backstory concept!

    by Jeremy Jar Binks

    Seriously. Kill it already! Nobody fucking cares about the backstory to any of these ancient childhood properties! Where did this turd of a trend start? Was it at an Eszterhas asshole? Or a Zemeckis? Did it originate as a stinky high-concept dollop of diarrhea oozing from the sphincter of some overhyped po-mo script kid from the 90s whose name shall be forever forgotten? Regardless, it's time to PUT THAT OVERTHOUGHT BITCH OF A SUBPLOT out of its FUCKING misery already.

  • April 13, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    The reason "Brain Donors" worked and this doesn't

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    is that BRAIN DONORS did what was essentially a Marx Brothers film without actually remaking the Marx Brothers. You had John Turturro in the "Groucho" role; he was shooting off Groucho-style insults and performing the same function Groucho did in the old films -- but he wasn't supposed to really BE "Groucho"; he didn't Groucho-walk around in long coat-tails dripping cigar ashes all over the place. The guy who was "Harpo" wasn't a mute, and so on. The whole thing was an homage, something, as they say, "in the tradition of" the Marx Brothers without claiming to BE the Marx Brothers. Interpretation, not impersonation. And it was hysterical. I love BRAIN DONORS. The Farrellys' attempt at doing a modern Three Stooges makes a fundamental error in trying to tell us these guys ARE the Three Stooges. And the vast majority of people are just never going to be able to accept that. There's something kind of creepy about the whole thing, especially since "Moe" and "Larry" were the real names of two of the original Stooges and "Curly" the generally-used stage name of the third. They all even used their real last names in at least one short. So no -- I give Diamantopolous, Hayes, and Sasso a lot of credit for getting the Stooges routines down cold, but the entire idea behind this movie is just as wrong as wrong can be. The same goes for the "New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy" flick somebody made with Bronson Pinchot as Stan some years back (L&H did their stuff under their real names too, of course). The whole thing smacks of exhuming the original performers' corpses. THREE STOOGES could have worked if it had gone the BRAIN DONORS route -- if it had attempted to bring the Stooges style of comedy into the modern day without explicitly trying to remake the Three Stooges. Put these three guys in the "roles" of the original trio, but make them new characters. It could really have been something special, and reminded us why the original Stooges were great while at the same time standing on its own as a brand-new comedy.

  • April 13, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I want to see this.

    by starbuck2907

    The slapstick looks ok. The actors appear to fit the roles better than I expected. I'm a huge stooges fan. I don't give a fuck about being butthurt that these guys aren't as good as the original stooges. How could they be?? That's sort of a pissy criticism if you ask me. It's the fucking stooges, not Hamlet. It's not like there is some huge amount of room to make the role "their own". My main thing is that no review actually talks about how funny the movie is. The Kidd is like "There are a few funny parts, but it's not as good as the old three stooges." Right, but I don't think anybody expected that necessarily, just is the slapstick and spirit of the original stooges *mostly* there on the screen? And was the film pretty funny to the average Joe, or did the facebook/jersey shore jokes fall flat because of your pre-conceived notions about what a stooges film should be? After all, Moe beating the shit out of the Jersey Shore cast sounds like a decent set up to me. Moe beating the shit out of almost anyone sounds funny to me. Overall, it sounds like The Kidd was too caught up in the original stooges comparisons to really enjoy the film. These sorts of reviews are usually sort of annoying as nothing can ever live up to the original in a fan's mind. The best a film can do is re-invent, but I'm not sure that a re-imagined take on the stooges is a necessity for a funny, entertaining film. I'm a huge stooges fan, but unless the film flat out sucks, which apparently it doesn't, I will likely enjoy the film. I'm going to go see IF ONLY because my $$ will encourage them to make a sequel. I'd like to see more stooge-inspired slapstick on the screen.

  • April 14, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Seriously?

    by palpeedude

    Your last paragraph was all you needed to write.

  • April 14, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    The original Stooges wanted too much money.

    by Jared Syn

    That's why they're not in this.

  • April 14, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Oh, azultool, so "edgy", using "faggots"

    by MisterManReturns

    No, that would be jackass-ery. Dumbfuck-ery. "I'm probably gay"-ery. Damn, man, don't reveal your cards so quickly.

  • April 14, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    saw it today

    by drave117

    I don't know what this review is on about. It's EXACTLY like the Three Stooges I remember. It's got the underlying sweetness. It's got the shameless cameos. It's got the slapstick and the sound effects. I actually thought the Farrelly Brothers giving a disclaimer at the end and demonstrating the mallets are rubber was a pretty brilliant touch. Ack, why am I even defending this movie? I don't even really like the original Three Stooges all that much, but I think this movie did right by them.

  • April 14, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Read on Twitterverse that David Duchovny got banned on this thread

    by Jon Snow

    You guys are famous. Well, semi-famous--it is Duchovny we're talking about.

  • April 14, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I thought I was the only person who saw Brain Donors

    by Mugato5150

    I was only a kid when I saw it but even I picked up that it was a homage to the Marx Bros. and it was hilarious.

  • April 14, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Trust me, the Jersey Shore bit is actually funny!

    by BoyNamedSue

    It's funny to watch Moe give these self-absorbed real-life idiots what they deserve. What's even funnier is that they don't get that they seem to be in on the joke!

  • April 14, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Bitching about the Stooges being caricatures makes no sense...

    by ZodNotGod

    Have you even watched the stooges? What the hell is Curly with his Nah Nah Nah, rolling on the floor like a maniac or Shemp doing that weird funny thing with his mouth... Geez, these damn critics better do some research before spouting off. If the movie wasn't funny to them, fine, but don't say it's a caricature of soemthing when that is EXACTLY THE FUCKING POINT! This looks fun. My only suggestion is that they shot it in black and white. Also, I would hope this would inspire anyone to seek out the original Stooge shorts.

  • It was called "The Hangover." Think about it.

  • April 14, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Sean Penn? Really? Well he's a stooge in really life...

    by ZodNotGod

    but as a comedic performer? No way.

  • April 14, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Not a fan of the 3 Stooges...I will be skipping this.

    by billF

  • April 14, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey and Sean Penn being involved was way more inspired.

    by Orbots Commander

    But then Carrey (set to play Curly!!) and Penn (as Larry) probably took one look at the Farrelly's script, and bailed. They knew a stinker when they saw one.

  • A&B Meet Frankenstein is still aces, as is The Time of Their Lives.

  • April 14, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    A& C Meet Frankenstien...

    by ZodNotGod

    Is still one of the best horror/comedies ever made. Right up there with GHOSTBUSTERS. The Stooges made some movies in the late 50's and 60's that were downright awful. Even as an undiscriminating kid they sucked.

  • April 14, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Martin & Lewis- no way.

    by ZodNotGod

    I don't recall ever laughing at any Martin & Lewis flicks. However, both men were vastly superior on their own. Lewis in CINDERFELLA and Martin in RIO BRAVO etc...

  • Something everyone should do with every movie. He's never wrong. Usually

  • April 14, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    The one Martin and Lewis flick I remember liking as a kid....

    by Orbots Commander

    ....was that Western one that they did. Martin was a pretty decent actor, in his own movies apart from Jerry Lewis. Rio Bravo is also one of my childhood faves, usually running on late Sunday afternoon on Ch. 7, WABC NY or pre-Fox Channel 5.

  • April 14, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Of course this movie stinks, but...

    by Flutchy

    ...you've got to admit that Sasso, Hayes and Whatshisname absolutely nail their performances - they put a smile on my face.

  • April 14, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    samuel jackson cameo

    by Orion

    After the credits, tells the stooges about the avengers initiative.

  • April 14, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    it was a mistake to set this in present day

    by Orion

  • April 14, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    That "Three Stooges" Harry animation in the corner...

    by tbrosz

    Has anyone else figured out how "Harry-Moe" gets his hand up to his face with the thumb outward like that? Looks like the other two Harry-Stooges have their hands on backwards too. Maybe this is why the Stooges have so many problems.

  • April 14, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    the Stooges’ act lends itself to naturally be funny

    by JAMF

    hahahaha now THAT is hilarious!

  • "Brain Donors" is amazing, the best Marx Bros movie without the Marxes... even though it was written by the "Police Academy" guy! Which is the reason why I thought these Stooges might work too, even though they're made by the Farrellys. Now, though, it sounds as if it's sadly not so much "Brain Donors" as another one of their typical idiotic atrocities like "Dumb and Dumber" or "Me, Myself and Irene". <p><p><b><b> Well, at least it will be funnier than anything that Seth Mac Farlane will ever urinate. Of course so is AIDS.

  • April 14, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way, he refers to friends as "asshole" and "bitch"?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    What a pleasant creature.

  • April 14, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    What film DOESN'T feel unnecessary nowadays?!

    by Mrhazard

  • April 14, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fan of the original AND the new

    by TheDiscoPlumber

    Watched with my kids (who I introduced to the original when they were 4 & 7)and we all loved it. These guys did a great HOMAGE to the original. If it were up to The Kidd, Kermit would have died with Jim Henson, and Adam West would be the one and only Batman. I think enough time has gone by where we can accept a new version of the Stooges.

  • April 14, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    That being said...

    by TheDiscoPlumber

    Someone suggested an Abbott and Costello remake. I would never accept it. So maybe I'm just less of a Stooges fan and more of an A&C fan. Just go see the film with your kids and laugh. It's a great way for two generations to connect with the same material.

  • April 14, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The more I think about it...

    by drave117

    ...the more I enjoyed this movie. Really, the only parts that bugged me were Larry David and the nursery scene.

  • April 14, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Jesus Fucking H Christ - is there anything they won

    by MajorFrontbum

  • April 14, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    t remake or fucking reboot? Stop the freakin' madnesss....

    by MajorFrontbum

  • April 15, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Would of been worse with Sean Penn

    by FrodoFraggins

  • April 15, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Didn't want to see this as soon as Snooki appeared.

    by SpaghettiWall

    A film that relies heavily on pop culture will become outdated a decade later. Maybe less. Yeah, probably less. It was a terrible idea to include her.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Allow me to take this to to remind you all.....

    by Jaster Mareel

    That the Three Stooges have ALWAYS SUCKED FUCKING ASS! Even as a little kid I thought they were the dumbest fucking thing imaginable. There's no sweetness or charm to them. That all came from their fans projecting it on to them because they were just a buncha asshats knocking each other over constantly. I mean, how fucking dumb can you get? A guy witha bowl cut, a guy with Bozo the clown hair and a bald guy get themselves into ridiculous situations, promptly resolved by them smacking each other around. Yeaaaaaah....whatever. *eyeroll*

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