Movie Review: The Three Stooges

Movie Review: The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges


PG for slapstick action violence, some rude
and suggestive humor including language.
Genre: Action, adventure, comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes

Left on a nun’s doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. When they discover their childhood orphanage is going to close because of a lack of money, the trio set out to save their home! Along the way they not only get into comedy trouble, but they also stumble across a murder plot with lots of twists and turns.

Some Things Are Best Left Alone

I went into The Three Stooges with low expectations and I have to admit, this remake and reinvention of the stooges known as Larry, Curly and Moe, did not disappoint. Some things are just best left alone – and honestly – The Three Stooges falls firmly into the “Best Left Alone Category”.

Official Three Stooges logo. L to R: Moe Howar...

Official Three Stooges logo. L to R: Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the early mid-20th century best known for their numerous short subject films. They’re commonly known by their first names – Larry, Curly and Moe. They first started as Ted Healy and his Southern Gentlemen which contained Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard. Shemp left the group for a solo career and that’s when his brother Curly Howard joined the trio.

When The Three Stooges were big it was a very different time. There was a time when their style of slapstick humor reigned. But that was a different day and a very different time. The bottom line is – there’s absolutely nothing new here. The gimmicks, acts, slapstick, hits, blows, bonks and stomps are the same as they were when the trio of Larry, Curly and Moe reigned supreme in their movie shorts. I have a feeling the original stooges kept their movie shorts short because they knew there’s only so much an audience can take of this kind of humor. I will give the movie makers credit for attempting to keep the “short style” alive in this hour and a half movie. But even the technique of slipping in an old style movie-short-title-screen does not help this movie move along.

When it comes to story line – it’s barely visible. Actually, the story line is almost a steal from the original Blues Brothers movie. While the Stooges don’t use the line “We’re on a mission from God”, they are trying to raise money to save an orphanage. Sounds somewhat similar to Jake and Elwood’s mission to raise money for the church too.

I found myself bored with the antics after about 20 minutes.

If you’re looking for a total escape from reality and aren’t looking for story line, then you just might enjoy The Three Stooges. While many in the audience were laughing from time to time throughout the movie, the common comment was – “I remember seeing the same jokes years ago”. Will this movie have staying power? Probably not. While it did grab the number two spot on the box office results for its debut weekend that’s probably because many people have seen The Hunger Games and the current movie offerings for this time of year are very weak.

When it comes to rating, we have to say The Three Stooges is not family-friendly. It’s rude, crude and yes violent. Even though those involved in the movie try to explain to kids at the end of the movie not to hit people with hammers and sledgehammers, this movie is not suitable for family viewing. If you feel the need to see The Three Stooges it’s probably best to wait for the DVD.

Avoid the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.