The Three Stooges

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In college, I had a roommate who was watching a Three Stooges revival, and I’d never seen this guy – a rather brilliant student – laugh so hard. Me, I never really got the Stooges; they kinda scared me. But in the right situation, they can hit that funny bone (probably with a sledgehammer). The Three Stooges, a Farrelly Brothers movie/homage, puts the Stooges (played by Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso) in an orphanage that must close its doors unless the Stooges can raise $830,000. The plot, such as it is, is merely an excuse for comic mayhem. The movie feels a little like Dumb and Dumber, but with more violence.

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ClearPlay edits an extended scene of babies urinating, some scatological humor, six religious exclamations, and a couple of instances of scantily clad women, including a rat caught in cleavage. The bloodless violence is largely intact.

Are the Stooges comic geniuses or nyuk-nyuk-nyuk-leheads?…

The fear with The Three Stooges is imitable behavior. Let’s face it, you don’t want your kids taking the cheese grater to little Jimmy’s forehead. The filmmakers try to caution the audience with a disclaimer at the end, but by then the die has been cast. You know your kids, so you can decide if the comic violence is appropriate. The three main actors are spot-on as Stooges. I’m ashamed to admit, I found myself laughing out loud way more than I thought I would.
Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Idiot Savant? Soi–tenly!
Rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language; 92 min; Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
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