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THREE STOOGES, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, years later, their childhood home may have to close due to financial difficulties. But Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso) and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), employed as the foster home's inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot - while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Oh the joys of knock-about comedy, the slapping and punching and head-banging, finger in the eye poking and hammer-bashing tumbling fall over fun of it all. Every 8 - 10 year old, and adults with 8 - 10 year old funny bones, will guffaw and giggle at the dim wits with big hearts whose originators are part of showbiz royalty. The iconic threesome are resurrected in look and sound-alikes; Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso) and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) are back - for a whole generation of youngsters who have never heard of them.

The Farrelly brothers go out of their way to stay true to the spirit of those long-gone shows, even splitting the movie into three roughly half hour 'episodes' to give us the feel of the original two reeler movies - of which some 190 were made at Columbia Pictures, between 1934 and 1959. They were recycled for years ...

The story the writers have constructed hangs it all together, and there is a touch of spice for the grown ups, but the essential trademark physicality of the trio is the film's engine.

Jane Lynch makes a superior Mother Superior of the orphanage, Jennifer Hudson gets to belt out a gospel tune (half of one, anyway), Sofia Vergara provides the aforementioned spice as the voluptuous femme fatale and Larry David gets to do drag as Sister Mengele, a gut wrenching turn as a nun with Nazi in her DNA.

The entire cast has as much fun as they'd like the audience to have - and while it doesn't really pimp my beard, others around me at the screening found it laugh out loud funny. It works for the fans.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

THREE STOOGES, THE (PG)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, Larry David

PRODUCER: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

DIRECTOR: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

SCRIPT: Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew F. Leonetti

EDITOR: Sam Seig

MUSIC: John Debney

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Arlan Jay Vetter

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 28, 2012







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