Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Three Stooges - Movie Review

Starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, Kirby Heyborne, Kate Upton and Isaiah Mustafa. Directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly.


This movie is about as good as one could make it, if it's to be true to the spirit of the Stooges and yet stretch the shenanigans out to a full-length feature.

The original plan had been to have Benecio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and a weight-gaining Jim Carrey as Moe, Larry and Curly. While I would have loved to have seen that movie, I also liked the fact that they just found three actors really good as their Stooge impressions, and oddly enough, they bring just a whiff of depth to the guys. Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) nails the vocals of Larry, Will Sasso (MadTV) embodies the oblivious glee of Curly, and Chris Diamantopoulos (24) gets into the skin of Moe. The movie, in its way, explains the origins of Moe's anger and why he feels compelled to be the leader.

It plays as three episodes, though they're all linked so it does wind up being a whole movie. The boys must go raise $830,000 to save their orphanage, and they get caught up in a murder plot. It's goofy, silly, and it's filled with the childish slapstick of old. The Farrellys do justice to the Stooges. Now let's see them do Laurel & Hardy.

Some side notes:

Conservative watch: the villain (Sofia Vergara) who wants her husband killed pointedly reads a Weekly Standard in bed.

Liberal watch: in its own way, it makes an argument against euthenasia.

What-did-we-do? watch: demonizes foster care.

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