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'The Three Stooges' movie stays true to original TV show

By Kyle Ogden
On April 16, 2012

"The Three Stooges" have finally made it to the big screen. The three stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) are abandoned at an orphanage to be raised by Mother Superior (Jane Lynch) and the other sisters.

Needless to say, the brothers are never adopted and with the orphanage falling under major financial problems it is up to Moe, Larry and Curly to go out into the city and raise $860,000 to save the orphanage.

"The Three Stooges" is another movie where they take a classic show and throw the characters into a modern-day setting to see how they interact with today's world. The same thing was done with other films, such as "The Brady Bunch Movie," "Smurfs," "Dukes of Hazzard" and the upcoming Tim Burton film "Dark Shadows."

I can say that for what "The Three Stooges" did, it did well, taking the original characters and putting them in a real-life setting.

Fans of the classic television series will find themselves pleased that the characters' behavior stays true to that of the original characters.

The guys sound and act exactly like their original characters and even keep some of the trademark actions - such as Curly sounding like a dog when he is angry.

I was excited to see that Jane Lynch was in this movie as a nun, but unfortunately she is not really a funny character. Most of the humor consists of the three stooges interacting with one another and the reactions from the "normal" people that they encounter. This scenario limits the humor in the film, but also puts more of a focus on the main characters.

The story in "The Three Stooges" is done rather well considering it's a three stooges movie and the show never had much of any kind of story.

The defining aspect of the movie comes from the type of audience watching it. "The Three Stooges" is slapstick, over-the-top, stupid comedy. If you are the person who finds slapstick humor funny, then you should walk away from this film feeling rather pleased. However, if slapstick humor isn't your thing, then this movie really isn't one that you will find funny or enjoy.

I found "The Three Stooges" to be funny and loved how similar it felt to the original TV show, but I am a fan of slapstick. I think it is a well-done slapstick comedy and one of the better ones that has come out in quite some time. Therefore, I give "The Three Stooges" a 3 out of 5 stars.


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