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The Three Stooges

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly

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About the Movie

Calling all knuckleheads! From the fiercely funny Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary) comes this contemporary take on the world’s most beloved classic comedy trio...The Three Stooges! Left on the doorstep of a nun-conventional orphanage as toddlers, Moe, Larry, and Curly grow up eye-poking, face-slapping and head-clunking their way into adulthood. Now the bumbling trio — pure of heart, but dim of wit — find themselves on a madcap mission to save their childhood home from foreclosure. Can the Stooges survive the modern world, raise the money, and ultimately save the day? Why soitenly!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 144
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 71
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: For the Farrellys, The Three Stooges is a labor of love. For non-believers, it's merely a labor. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Apr 13, 2012

Fresh: The leads acquit themselves in the physical comedy, resurrecting shtick honed on a thousand-and-one vaudeville stages, and recreated in as many playgrounds. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Apr 16, 2012

Fresh: The movie is so infantile that it achieves a special kind of purity and gentleness. – David Denby, New Yorker, Apr 23, 2012

Rotten: You would think that after a quarter-century in development at four different studios, somebody would have figured out how to make a funny movie about the Three Stooges. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Apr 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

I'm the fourth Stooge.

I just preordered the second I saw this, and believe me I've been looking and waiting. I can't wait to have this on my laptop, and I pod.


If you're planning on watching "The Three Stooges" just to criticize every little detail about it, then you're entirely missing the point. It's meant to be a well-intentioned tribute to the early to mid-20th century film shorts starring the comedic trio we all know today, and in that respect, the movie largely succeeds. The storyline is distinctly unique in that it's split up into three different acts connected by an interweaving plot. We follow Larry, Curly and Moe as they set out to save their childhood home, an orphanage run by nuns. Along the way, the bumbling trio (Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulos) become embroiled in an oddball murder scheme and even stumble into starring in a wildly successful reality TV show. From start to finish, this film had me laughing my butt off, although a bit inconsistently. Sure, the gags were mostly crass and juvenile, but they were also well-executed thanks to a supremely talented ensemble cast. Jane Lynch and Larry David were hands-down hysterical playing a couple of stern nuns, and Sofia Vergara was fun to watch as the villain, but in the end, it was the Stooges who undoubtedly stole the show. It's incredible how the actors who played them were amazingly committed to their characters the whole time. Whether it was their zany dialogue or their hilarious slapstick-filled antics, they were consistently entertaining to watch whenever they were on screen. Overall, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a great time watching "The Three Stooges". Even though some of the jokes were hit-or-miss and the script could've been better written, the cast easily made up for those flaws with their excellent comedic timing and reliably strong chemistry. On another note, I should probably mention that some of the scenes in this film may be slightly inappropriate for young kids to see, so it might be best to consider watching it as a family beforehand. Nonetheless, it's still well worth seeing, even if you've never seen any of the classic shorts. There's just no better way to start out with physical comedy than with the Stooges!


It was a good attempt to bring back The Three Stooges, but in the end it just doesn't measure up to the originality of Moe, Larry, and Curly.

The Three Stooges
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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