The first third of the picture takes place at an orphanage and showcases Larry, Curly and Moe’s upbringing. While also chronicling the enormous amounts of pain (inadvertently) inflicted on nun Mary (a very recognizable Larry David). After 35 years of being holed up together inside the protective community within the orphanage, the boys set out to raise enough money to save the place from foreclosure. When the trio reach the big city looking for work, they are tricked into agreeing to kill the husband of a two-timing, scheming wife so she can collect her spouse’s large fortune. Of course things do not go as planed and the hijacks and physical abuse ensue. Including Moe’s brief celebrity as a cast-mate on the Jersey Shore reality show.
There are visual gags, slapstick comedy and puns galore, my favorite being the law offices of Kickham, Harter & Indagroyne. These touches are mischievous reminders that the intelligence behind the camera is evident even when the onscreen characters are punching one another in the genitals until operatic screams are let loose. I think you will know from that last sentence if The Three Stooges is your kind of movie, truth in reporting persuades me to confess I laughed each time a shot to the nuts was registered. Essentially this is a movie aimed squarely at the family audience and I believe most members of your household will find some aspect of The Three Stooges appealing. Do not miss the amusing end credits disclaimer scene.
Director: Bobby & Peter Farrelly
Stars: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso