The Three Stooges (2012)
20th Century Fox
Reason for the Rating: Slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language.
Plot Summary: While trying to save the orphanage where they grew up, the Three Stooges accidentally become involved in a murder plot.
PopFam Recommends: While this movie isn't one you might typically choose to go see, it will make both you and your school-aged kids laugh. And that's worth sitting through 92 minutes of nyuck-nyuck-nyuck and endless eye-pokes.
When my family first saw the trailer for The Three Stooges, my nine year old son immediately said he didn't want to see the movie. When I asked why (he had laughed all the way through the preview), he said because it looked too funny and silly. And that does just about sum it up.
Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes), and Curly (Will Sasso), as you might not know, grew up in an orphanage. But this was no ordinary orphanage...run by a group of nuns that includes Mother Superior (Jane Lynch); Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David), a very manly nun indeed; and Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson), who is willing to break out into song at any moment. As you can imagine, the nuns were unable to find anyone to adopt these three accident-prone and finger-poking friends, who ultimately became handymen, working around the orphanage. But these handymen break more than they fix, sleep more than they work, and seem to find trouble where every they go. They do love the nuns and the children living in the orphanage, though.
So when the orphanage needs money to keep operating, Moe, Curly, and Larry decide to raise the money themselves. They leave on a bicycle built for three which is hitched to the back of a passing truck. Unfortunately, Curly hooked the rope to the back of the bike, so they are dragged into town, rather than pulled. Once reaching the city, they begin looking for work, wearing signs that say, "Will wirk for $830,000, plus meels." They don't have many takers, until Lydia (Sofia Vergara) stumbles upon the three and offers them $830,000 to kill her husband. Without any other propositions, and figuring he's going to die anyway, the three agree, and quickly set out to fulfill their end of the bargain.
What ensues is a movie full of nyuck-nyucks, whoop-whoops, eye-pokes, hammers to the head and other such classic Stooges antics, until Moe, Larry, and Curly realize what's really going on and turn the table on Lydia.
If you liked The Three Stooges when you were a kid, or even if you didn't, this is a movie that's sure to bring back some memories. The Farrelly Brothers did an amazing job of finding actors who not only look like the original Moe, Larry, and Curly, but act with all the natural silliness they did, as well. The plot is modern, but not so modern you can't take your kids to see it, which is rare for movies like this, and includes situations the original Stooges might have found themselves in. It's a fun and well-done remake of classic comedy.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• Why didn't Moe tell Larry and Curly the real reason he came back to the orphanage? What would have changed if he had?
• What lesson did Moe, Larry, and Curly learn through their adventure?
• Your family might not be perfect, but tell three things you love about being a part of your family.
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