Farrelly brothers’ effort full of slapstick and sweetness
Watching people get hurt is sad. Watching them get hurt without injury or consequence is hilarious. That’s why the Three Stooges were able to become some of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s younger days. In real life, poking eyes and thumping heads with hammers ends up with bloodshed and hospital visits, but in the world of the Stooges, no permanent harm is ever done.
Bobby and Peter Farrelly have taken it upon themselves to update that world with “The Three Stooges.” However, this isn’t your typical Farrelly gross-out jam. It’s their first-ever foray into the more family-friendly realm of a PG rating.
The story begins at an orphanage where a duffel bag is unceremoniously dumped on the doorstep in a drive-by. The three babies in the bag immediately make a negative impression on the dour Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David, TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) before initially charming the rest of the nuns. However, when we flash forward 10 years, we quickly learn that these boys are far more of a handful than anyone could have guessed.
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