See, the beauty of the original series, and trust me, I’ve seen practically every knuckle sandwich ever administered thanks to my brother who adored the Stooges, is that the sketches were short. Humor like this is only funny in very, very small doses. Plus, if imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, you’d expect these characters to translate better.

For whatever reason, these Stooges come off as nothing more than bargain bin knockoffs. While they’re borrowing many of the same tricks from the original Moe, Larry and Curly, the execution isn’t remotely inspired. It’s like having a second-rate rock band covering a Beatles song. The Lennon-McCartney lyrics may be the same, but at the end of the day, they’re still not the Beatles. And that’s precisely what’s missing in The Three Stooges—talent, inspiration or even a compelling reason to revisit these pop culture icons.

If you find yourself needing a Stooges fix, opt for the original box set instead.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking depicted, plus Curly drinks copious amounts of champagne from a fountain and mentions beer on several occasions.
  • Language/Profanity: In true Farrelly brothers fashion, there is plenty of scatological humor involving passing gas, urine and a live lobster that makes its way into Larry’s pants. There’s also a single exclamation of God’s name, plus some general derogatory terms like “knuckleheads” and “nitwits” for people who got the short end of the stick from an intelligence perspective.
  • Sex/Nudity: None, although there are a couple of characters who sport very low-cut, and sometimes, skimpy attire. Curly’s pet rat crawls down the front of a woman’s shirt.
  • Violence: While slapstick in nature, there is no shortage of pain inflicted throughout. Various characters are knocked in the head with a  hammer, run over by a kid on a pogo stick, impaled by an arrow and really that’s only the beginning. There are also instances where body hair is ripped out, crowbars are taken to the chin and wild animals get very, very angry, thanks to the Stooges’ misguided shenanigans. Basically, if you’ve seen the TV show, you won’t be surprised by the steady stream of violent antics throughout.
  • Religion/Spirituality: When the Stooges leave the orphanage, one of the nuns says that “Like Moses in the desert, I believe God will be guiding them.”

 

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.