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Sunday, April 15, 2012



What did RAMA think of this movie?

Farrelly Bros’ THE THREE STOOGES is laugh out loud funny! The original stooges would be proud as they look down from heaven while poking each other in the eye. It’s a good thing that Farrellys didn’t go with the usual, overdone biopic route and chose this instead, it serves as somewhat of a way to give the original stooges, may the rest in peace, the movie that that they never got. Consists of three interconnecting segments, the comedy keeps on delivering from start to finish. Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso are perfect as Moe, Larry, and Curly respectively. If last year, we were treated with all kinds of films that were practically love letters to cinema and filmmaking in general, well, THE THREE STOOGES is a love letter to comedy and the three geniuses that inspired funny people everywhere all over the world. A fitting tribute..

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. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot…while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.

The lengths that Chris, Sean, and Will went to in order to capture the look, the mannerism, the voice of Moe, Larry, and Curly, is just unbelievable. The chemistry and the harmony between those three hit all the right notes. In comedies that require physical slapstick like this, timing is everything and it can only come from a full understanding and respect for each other and what each would bring to the table.
Their aim is not to come up with their own interpretations of THE THREE STOOGES, their aim is to capture the original stooges down to the last detail, which makes the job even harder because they know that a true stooge fan out there would immediately notice one false move.

The supporting cast makes this movie all the more colorful. Sofia Vergara and her now iconic thick Colombian accent, Jane Lynch as the head nun, Jennifer Hudson as the singing nun, Swimsuit model Kate Upton as the hot nun, which kinda cracks me up because a hot nun is something that’s kind of a desired fantasy for most men, Farrelly Brothers know that and so the casting of Upton becomes more or less of an inside joke, even Jersey Shore‘s cast appearance in this film is actually much more bearable than the show Jersey Shore itself, I find comfort in watching them getting slapped in the face by Moe, but the one that stands out is Larry David dressed up as a nun. I’ve been a huge fan of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm all my life thus watching David out of his element, as a nun that everybody fears is quite probably one of the most brilliant ideas ever. His character, a female nun named Sister Mary-Mengele despises the stooges and the stooges would always give her a hard time, both on purpose and unintentionally.

Everything about this movie and faithful and respectful to the original characters, Farrellys even recreated the original sound effects.
I realize that the jokes and the humor in THE THREE STOOGES are not for everyone. I remember attending the press screening, I found myself laughing my ass off til my side hurt, when all of a sudden, the press member sitting next to me got up and left and I could tell from her expression that she was disgusted by what she’s been watching.

If you can’t stand people grabbing people’s armpit hair or nose hair or if you can only take nyuk nyuk and woo-woo for so much, then this movie is not for you. I think audiences should give it a shot because once you get past all that, THE THREE STOOGES has genuine and heartfelt friendship themes. These are three guys who mean well but they’re just such knuckleheads and cartoonish, they rub everybody around them the wrong way and we get to laugh at that the entire time.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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