Troublesome trio grace silver screen again

Todd Miller | Review Writer

I was apprehensive about “The Three Stooges” before I saw it. It had the potential to be good if it was done well, but could also be horrible if done poorly. The potential was there for the film to lovingly return the Three Stooges to a modern audience, or completely stain the image of the comedic trio.
The story begins with a trio of babies who were abandoned at the Sisters of Mercy orphanage. The three become increasingly difficult to adopt as they grow to be more unusual and inherently violent, and they eventually become adults, working as groundskeepers at the orphanage. The orphanage falls into financial trouble and is in danger of closing. Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) volunteer to go out into the world to raise the money needed to keep the orphanage open.

Three Stooges 2012

Three Stooges 2012

I think, most importantly, this is the first comedy film that made me laugh aloud while watching it. Of course, I may be biased because I enjoy the comedy of the original Stooges. But, I think that says a lot about the film: it was able to replicate the original Stooges enough for me to think there would even be a bias. I truly enjoyed the fact that the Stooge-like physical comedy took precedence over the plot. The plot would simply come to a halt so silly things could happen. In any other movie, this would be a bad quality. However, this point is reminiscent of the film’s origins, allowing it to be a fantastic aspect of the movie.
There is an emotional plot in the film regarding Moe that feels arbitrary and unnecessary. It’s really unfitting in a ‘Stooge storyline,’ and feels like it was tossed in to add drama. I think the only good thing that came from this was watching Moe basically beat up the people from “Jersey Shore.” I took enough personal enjoyment out of that scene to overlook the big “do not try this at home, kids” that preceded the film.
There is another overly-dramatic plotline involving an orphan girl, Murph (Avalon Robbins), but it is handled in a more Stooge-like manner.
The three actors playing Moe, Larry and Curly do a wonderful job imitating the original Stooges. I was worried that I’d see them as actors imitating the Three Stooges. However, Diamantopoulos, Hayes and Sasso pulled off the roles wonderfully, not only acting like the original comedians, but also do great acting with each other. The three had the same comedic chemistry as the original Moe, Larry and Curly.
I should also mention the children who played the younger Moe, Larry and Curly (Skyler Gisondo, Lance Chantiles-Wertz and Robert Capron respectively). I usually don’t give much credit to child actors, but these three kids did an amazing job acting like child versions of the Three Stooges. A lot of effort clearly went into all six actors’ performances and it gave the Stooges the homage they deserved.
So, overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It does a wonderful job of capturing the charm and humor of the original Stooges, while adding a few modern twists. “The Three Stooges” is a great film, and you are sure to enjoy this film if you like the comedy of the original Three Stooges.

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