Cinema Review – The Three Stooges

Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso) and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) must raise $830,000 to save the orphanage where they were raised, but do they have the brains to pull off the job?

When discussing my complete lack of desire to review this film with a friend on Twitter, I said I just wanted to publish a picture of Snooki with the word ‘No’ underneath it. That would have done the job pretty well. This film is utterly awful.

A film version of The Three Stooges has been touted for a while, and at one time or another Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn were in talks to star. I bet they are glad they walked away now.

The original version of The Three Stooges was a product of its time. Vaudeville and slapstick were hugely popular in the 1920s – 1940s, and while fans of the Stooges will remember their work with fondness, it is probably fair to say that the Stooges style of comedy has fallen out of favour. So why resurrect the Stooges and besmirch their name with a dreadful movie? The cynic would say ‘Money’, but the optimist may say ‘Hope’. Whatever the reason, it was a terrible idea.

It is true that The Farrelly Brothers have recreated whole segments of the beloved short films, but the magic that was created by the original Stooges has been lost. Young children will love the absurd, oafish antics, but nostalgia is not enough to carry the film for the older viewer. This is a comedy which plays to the lowest common denominator and lacks the sophisticated wit and delivery of the original Stooges and similar slapstick artists such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Incorporating the cast of Jersey Shore was a horrible misstep and the cameos are mixed and generally terrible… What were Jane Lynch and Jennifer Hudson thinking?

In all, The Three Stooges is possibly the worst film of 2012. The characters are irritating, the story absurd and the slapstick comedy is far too over the top and oafish for it to resonate with anyone over the age of five. A horrible film to which a sequel is already being planned. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Rating: 0/5

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