The Three Stooges [2012] ★★

To call this movie pointless wouldn’t be unfair. After all, if you’re a die hard fan of the original stooges, why bother with a replica when you can still catch the real deal on DVD right? But Hollywood and The Farrelly brothers had other plans. Instead of  a biopic that might explain how Moe, Larry and Curly became  the trio that we love and admire, all we get is a trio of shorts set in…wait for it…the present. Dafuq? But die hard fans aside, kids who have never seen the Stooges may have a good time watching it. No, in fact, I’m pretty sure they will. Which is why I shouldn’t dismiss this replica completely. The plot couldn’t be simpler, but such is the case with every “Stooges” short, so no surprises there:  The orphanage where the trio live is about to shut down, unless someone can raise  $830,000 in a hurry. So it’s up to Moe, Larry and Curly to use their non-existent skills in order to find the money and save their orphanage. The result is absolute mayhem and stupidity. There’s absolutely no point in criticizing the simplistic plot, since the real stooges shorts weren’t more original to begin with. But even so, the stooges were always better in short doses. And 90 minutes of chaos might seem like forever. I still admire this well intended “remake”, and I can tell you straight away that the actors did a wonderful job portraying the boys. What’s more, if only one kid who sees this movie comes away curious enough to watch the original shorts, “The Three Stooges” will have done a great service. Now that would be something.

Rating: 2/4

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