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December 18, 2011

A look at “The Three Stooges”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Roger @ 11:55 am

When I first learned about the Farrelly Brothers’ efforts to make a Three Stooges movie, I was highly skeptical.

After seeing the trailer, I’m less skeptical. I know that sometimes filmmakers often put the best parts of the movie in the trailer to hide the fact the rest of the film is horrible, but I think “The Three Stooges” shows some promise.

The movie is slated to come out April 13, just weeks before the 15th annual Tour de Stooges on May 5 in Highland, Ill. If the movie is a success, it will raise awareness of the Stooges, and I hope that translates into more interest in the ride.

Back to the movie. “The Three Stooges” stars Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes as Larry and Will Sasso as Curly. The Farrellys had been trying to get the film made for more than a decade. At one point, they were in negotiations with Sean Penn to play Larry, Jim Carrey to play Curly and Benicio del Toro to play Moe. Those fell through. But judging from the trailer, Diamantopoulos, Hayes and Sasso appear up to the challenge of playing Howard, Fine and Howard.

The Farrellys also managed to get a promising supporting cast, including Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara and Snooki. As any fan of the Stooges knows, the supporting actors are critical to Stooge humor. People like Vernon Dent, Bud Jamison, Stanley Blystone, Emil Sitka and the lovely and talented Christine McIntyre added a lot to the original Stooges shorts.

OK, I know a lot of people aren’t fond of the fact Snooki is in the new movie, but Snooki is part of the funniest bit in the trailer. The Farrellys found a new twist to an old slapstick routine, and Moe has the honor of doing something to Snooki that most Americans would love to do to her!

I only have the trailer to make this assessment, but it’s clear Bobby and Peter Farrelly have tried to pay homage to the original Stooges. For example, they used parts of Curly’s wrestling scene in “Grips, Grunts and Groans” in a a scene included in the trailer.

The Internet Movie Database says the plot – and longtime fans of the Stooges know plot development wasn’t one of their strong suits —  as: “While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.”

After seeing the trailer, I am more optimistic about “The Three Stooges” than I was when I first heard about the effort. I hope people will be saying this after seeing the movie: “It’s tremendous!” It’s colossal!” It’s putrid!”

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