I love the Stooges that had Iggy Pop singing for them. I hated the black and white shorts done in the ‘40s. I remember being more entertained watching my stepdad die laughing at their antics. I could never figure out why so many men loved their slapstick humor.
When I started seeing commercials for the Farrelly brothers version, I was actually laughing. I was bummed that names we had originally heard attached to the project (Sean Penn, Benecio del Toro, and Jim Carey – who had a similar haircut in the Farrelly’s Dumb & Dumber), were no longer involved. Instead, we get Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and a name I’ll probably even butcher in the written review – Chris Diamantopoulous.
No fans of the originals will be disappointed, as this is an interest homage. The story starts with the three being dropped off at an orphanage. It’s both cute and hysterical, to see babies with the Stooge hair. And watching the child actors do their impersonations is a bit of fun.
I’m a huge Larry David fan, so I loved seeing him as a nun. And how can we not enjoy Jane Lynch as Mother Superior?
The other “big” names include Sofia Vergara, and Jennifer Hudson. She’s not given a lot to do, but when she starts to sing a gospel song with the Stooges throwing in a bit of doo-wop, you’ll be tappin’ your toes with a smile on your face.
When the Stooges get older and do odd jobs at the orphanage, they have to do a Blues Brothers bit and come up with money to save it. Vergara, who is married to a rich guy, wants her husband killed and convinces them to put him out of his misery. They believe he has a painful, terminal illness.
Of course, everything goes completely wrong. Moe ends up on a reality show, and we love watching the cast of Jersey Shore get slapped around (and even in their few scenes, it’s painful watching that reality show cast try to act). We get a few good lines like “Those three idiots arehere!”
I didn’t care for all the physical comedy, eye pokes, and head bashing…but there were a lot of fun puns and interesting updates on current pop culture. A nun falling on her face and uttering “At least I saved 15% on my car insurance” or Moe pulling up an African-American guys pants that are hanging down.
As I left the theatre, I thought that perhaps the movie could’ve been funnier and a sharper script could’ve been provided; but I did laugh about 10 times more than I did in 21 Jump Street, which is getting good reviews. So I can give a pass to the pee and fart jokes that didn’t work and seem to be a Farrelly staple.
This is like when you go to take your nephew to see a ventriloquist or impersonator – and you leave saying “It was better than I thought it would be.”
I’m guessing the movie studios don’t want to put that on their movie poster or DVD box, but it’s the perfect description of what you thought of the film.
They get an extra star for the clever chapter illustrations throughout the movie, and a soundtrack that includes the talented Jonathan Richman (much more utilized in the Farrelly’s There’s Something About Mary), David Byrne, Foster the People, and Dylan.
The biggest laugh came when walking out of the theatre my friend said “Are any of those guys famous? I mean, except for Art Garfunkel.”
It gets 2 ½ stars out of 5.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times