In the mid-1930s, there was a troupe of three comedians that entertained audiences for years to come. These three men would be known as The Three Stooges, and together, they would entertain audiences for generations to come. Now, Hollywood has been trying to come up with a movie that centers on The Three Stooges life, but no studio has come up with a way to bring the slapstick comedy style of The Three Stooges to the screen. Now, 20th Century Fox has teamed up with the Farrelly brothers to make a movie simply called “The Three Stooges”. While the film may not be an exact origin story, it does, however, give audiences a chance to revisit The Three Stooges material and see why they are comedic gods. “The Three Stooges” is a wonderful and hilarious tribute to three adorable schmucks.
The story is a modernized telling of The Three Stooges. Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso), and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) are growing up at a Catholic orphanage, trying to get adopted, until they are grown men in their 30s. Unfortunately, due to the economic recession, the orphanage is going to close as the nuns running the house do not have enough money. So it’s up to Larry, Curly, and Moe try to raise enough money to save the orphanage from foreclosing.
“The Three Stooges” is a great introduction to these comedic legends. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, along with writer Mike Cerrone, devised a great script that puts the Stooges slapstick comedy into place that everyone can enjoy. The written jokes are mainly for today’s audience, but it’s the slapstick that will pull everyone in. The physical comedy that The Three Stooges are known for are absolutely timeless. And what’s captured here is almost a perfect recreation. “The Three Stooges” is does the comedy genre well by giving these knuckleheads a second chance.
With that being said, many people going into this movie will find out that it is not an origin story. It’s not something that the Farrelly brothers did not want to do in the first place. What they wanted was a completely new and original storyline that audiences could follow. The story that is presented here is a bit predictable, but you won’t care because you’re laughing at the slapstick. If you want a true origin story about The Three Stooges, then check out the 2000 made-for-TV movie produced by Mel Gibson.
In conclusion, “The Three Stooges” is a hilarious tribute and a good comedy about some of the most famous comedic actors in the business. It’s not an origin story, but it’s not supposed to be. This is definitely for those who are going to be introduced to some fantastic humor.