James / August 7th, 2012
August 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm
I like the made-for -tv biopic. It was great because they did the impersonations, but at the same time had to portray the characters as there real-life counterparts. I didn’t really see the DeForest Kelly vibe going on in the new Star Trek, but did feel that while he didn’t act exactly like Shatner, Chris Pine looked just like him.
I can go either way with slapstick. I like Three Stooges style slapstick, but hate it when later seasons of shows like Family Ties and Family Matters removed any sort of drama and went to complete slapstick episodes that were so pointless. Oh well.
August 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Bob Ross t-shirt? Yes.
August 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Quite unexpected though I hope you’ll catch up to other summer blockbusters like The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man to review when they come out on Blu-Ray. I think you’ll enjoy them!
As for the movie, haven’t seen it yet but I’ve been wanting to because obviously I’m a fan of the classic short films. When I saw the trailer, I thought it was true to the spirit of the shorts thanks to the actors. In spite of the “modern” setting, I want to see this movie as an extended Three Stooges short!
August 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm
I have 2 boys 5 and 11, and they both loved the movie…so I don’t think slapstick is quite dead.
August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Slapstick seems to be alive today in the form of over-the-top gore in comedic horror movies. We can probably thank Sam Raimi for his injection of slapstick humor into modern horror.
August 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Thanks for the video man. I really enjoy listening to your prospective, nice shirt.
August 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm
Wow. I’m really surprised you liked this, James. Because let me tell you, this movie is fucking awful. Like 1 star awful. And I say this not as some clueless n00b with no knowledge of the 3 Stooges, but as a fan of the original shorts. I’ve watched them since I was a kid. But at the same I wasn’t one of those pissy close-minded fans that was like “wtf 3 stooges movie? I dont like it, it sucks.” I actually had my hopes up for it, considering that it seemed to be a labor of love by the Farrely Brothers.
But yeah, it turns out it really sucks. I mean, I dont know what you saw in it. I thought it was really unfunny, I dont know if it was the timing or the acting, but most of the jokes were really bad. The only really impressive performer was Moe, who nailed the character. I always felt like the other two were doing straight impressions, and the guy who played Curly doesn’t come very close.
I would say the main thing that made this movie terrible isn’t a problem with the casting though, it was the script. The story is garbage, there’s way too much exposition about the daycare. What made the 3 Stooges what they were, were the routines. They had routines, they would be carpenters, or doctors, or chefs, or electricians, or plumbers. And then they would do a terrible job of it. There was hardly any of that in this movie. Only the first act had a hint of that when they were up on the roof.
The formula is really that simple: The stooges get hired to do odd jobs, and do them poorly, while Moe slaps them around and says “I’ll moider you!!” for you 20 minutes. But this wasn’t present. Instead we got some bizarre murder plot that felt very un-stooge like. The whole affair isn’t funny, it’s cringe worthy. I mean, what the hell was up with that scene with the fish on the golf course? lol.
Oh well. Swing and a miss.
August 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm
I was sure that remaking the Three Stooges would be blasphemy, but it’s good to hear that the movie was actually enjoyable. Maybe I’ll give it a chance and check it out! Thanks, James!
August 8, 2012 at 12:04 am
The original actors ended up poor and destitute. Look up what happened to the original actors that *defined* this … they didn’t make thousands of dollars for their work. They all died sad, depressing lives. I say, respect the original material. These people benefiting off of this are are all LEECHES. That is just my two bits. Anyone care to respond?
August 8, 2012 at 12:32 am
I feel the same way, James. I was watching it, thinking it wasn’t a good film, yet I laughed. Maybe if they did the film as a period piece set in the 30’s or 40’s and avoided doing the modernization, it would’ve made it just a teensy-wee-bit better. However, the imitations were rather decent… I dunno, it’s hard to hate the movie, yet even harder to like it.
@Fracassi – I have to agree with you on the biopic. It was really well made and acted, however I thought Michael Chiklis lacked the comedic timing that Curly had. By far, Sasso had it down.
August 8, 2012 at 12:37 am
I thought they did an EXCELLENT job portraying the stooges. They couldn’t have found a better cast, and the Jersey Shore thing to me wasn’t so much as trying to be hip as it was a chance to ridicule those goddamn guidos.
The puns, jokes and slapstick were all executed perfectly, and this is one reboot to which I would not protest a sequel.
August 8, 2012 at 12:41 am
@kgn340: They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I think the actors in this movie were paying their tribute to the original Stooges. They had to have studied their style for a good length of time to get it down, and I think they did wonderfully because when you get into the movie, you tend to forget they’re impersonators.
All they did was bring Stooges into the modern day and give it a good enough plot to execute maximum stoogery.
August 8, 2012 at 1:32 am
I love the physical comedy of the original stooges and while this movie stayed faithful to that, I just could not get over how silly it was and could not even finish the movie. The dictator also mostly sucked, The Watch blows, The Campaign looks awful. Where the hell is comedy going?
August 8, 2012 at 1:48 am
What I really disliked about this film is that it went back to being more comic-like – the whole “Bane builds an A-Bomb from Waynes power generator” story reminds me to the giant freeze-ray in Batman&Robin. It is just too unrealistic.
What made dark knight so effective is that you knew that someone actually could go crazy enough to really do this stuff and society would probably go ape-shit like that.
Also Banes german dubbing was terrible – I was laughing most of the time.
And to me, Miranda felt forced in – as if they had realized they needed a love interest and a twist at the end of production.
August 8, 2012 at 1:53 am
Seems like James is all about the shitty remakes lately…
August 8, 2012 at 7:26 am
August 8, 2012 at 7:34 am
When I was introduced to The Three Stooges when I was about 11 in 1997, I fell in love with something I didn’t think I would. If you never watched it, you would just think its a bunch of fools hitting each other, which I’m not into and don’t find funny. The Three Stooges was so much more than that. There was a charm and a wonderful mystical style they presented while being lovable.
August 8, 2012 at 8:04 am
James & Mike! It’s my first post to your site but a sincerely long time fan of yours.
I love your honest review of the new Stooges movie. When I first caught wind of the actual go ahead production of the 3 Stooges film I was a bit perturbed but open minded. I grew up watching a handful of laser disc Stooges from my grandpas movie collection as a kid and couldn’t get enough. Being 32 now and with a 6 year old daughter and showing her old school black and white comedy like Stooges, Marx Brothers and Chaplin to warp her mind with real comedy other then Disney channel was a struggle.
But we did go to see the 3 Stooges movie and she absolutely loved it! It brought a huge smile to her face and some of the biggest laughs I’ve ever heard come from her gut.
My all round opinion on the film, they did Moe, Larry and Curly justice. I couldn’t have imagined it being any better. Was it the funniest and greatest movie ever? No. No one will ever replace our beloved Stooge Brothers but ay least for what it’s worth a reincarnation of our classic slapstick comedy heroes were given a genuine salute.
For what it’s worth from here on out my little girl will know who the 3 Stooges are and have an appreciation for them, even if it’s a “remake”. If you’re a fan of the stooges it’s worth the watch. Just relax, kick back and have a laugh.
August 8, 2012 at 9:38 am
It was not the original Three Stooges and it never will be. And I’m fine with that. I thought the plot was about as good as a Three Stooges plot could get, and I like the “dramatic” elements of the plot as much as the comedy. It shows a side of the Stooges that is rarely shown otherwise and turns them into much more than just 3 morons goofing around.
Was it the best movie ever made and the second coming of Christ? God no. But I think they at least did the original shorts justice.
August 8, 2012 at 10:09 am
I’m a big fan of the stooges and I enjoyed. It’s one of the most faithful remakes I’ve seen.
My only real issues with it is that I thought it was too “safe”… for lack of a better word. They never reach the levels of mass-destruction that they often did in the shorts (ie: smashing through doors and walls, destroying buildings or priceless objects, blowing shit up). There wasn’t much of a anarchic tone compared to some of the shorts, and this being a 90 minute movie, left me kind of disappointed.
I also felt they didn’t focus quite enough on Curly, and perhaps focused too much on Larry. Curly dominated the early short films and several minutes of the films would focus on Curly, often alone, just improvising brilliant comedy. Maybe they were saving all the best stuff for a potential sequel which we will probably never see… oh, well.
Ok, nitpicking aside, it was an enjoyable yet ultimately forgettable slapstick film.
August 8, 2012 at 10:18 am
If you want to keep the stooges alive, just watch the stooges.
You don’t need recycled material that’s been updated for “the new crowd” and speaking of the new crowd…
years from now, someone will play this movie and say to themselves “I love those 3 guys, they crack me up BUT who are those assholes with the orange skin?”
August 8, 2012 at 10:48 am
The Ross T-shirt. Epic awesome. Do want. That is all.
August 8, 2012 at 10:54 am
You know, I feel that your comments were really respectful and quite endearing for these two commonly bound subjects. The points you raise are ones I hadn’t considered while watching the film. I am 15, young, but I love, appreciate, and carry on the tradition of what comedy left behind years ago, seemingly. I own every single Three Stooges set available, therefore every short released and have seen them all. Whilst watching the movie I became much too scrutinizing to really appreciate the tribute-ish tone; I just viewed it as uninspired and boring. But as the days passed and I relied on the originals for laughter I came to realize the goal wasn’t to replicate. but to revive. Hardly anyone I know has heard of The Three Stooges, and if they have; they’ve never seen a short. They know less when it comes to legacy, Moe, Larry, Curley, Shemp, Curly Joe, and Joe. Although those wonderful and hilarious people are gone now, what they left behind is huge and tremendous and deserves to be brought to a modern standpoint where people now look back and cherish their celluloid history.
August 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Im a huge stooges fan since i was a kid and i loved this movie, the actors and directors did a great job, they wanted the film to be just like a stooges short and they succeeded, idc if you hate it, i love it. and it was a great tribute to them.
August 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm
If you’re interested in seeing a movie where they decided to create new characters and emmulate a style, rather than a strict impersonation of classic characters, you should check out Brain Donors from 1992. It’s bascially a Marx Brothers movie from top to bottom…just without the Marx Brothers. I think they actually did a pretty good job of it too.
August 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm
@ Mola Ram
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August 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm
You will become a truuuuue belieeeever.
August 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Please do a game review of the NES Three Stooges game. I had it as a child, and it frustrated me beyond all belief. Why does Larry trip over everything when he is running to get his violin as Curly is boxing?
August 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I’ve been a Stooges fan since I can remember. I leaned how to hook up a VCR so I could watch my Dad’s recordings of the New Years Eve marathons they use to run. This movie was exactly as I expected a great homage to the pioneers of slapstick.
August 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Also as a follow up you should do the Three stooges NES game.
August 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm
I could see someone not familiar with the 3 stooges going to see it because they may be reminded of the comedy of messing around with their friends. I could see an ignorant young audience enjoying this movie, because it appeals to a young audience in the same spirit the originals did.
August 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm
James, best part of that vid was your Bob Ross tee, well done sir.
August 9, 2012 at 4:06 am
Is there anyone over 30 on the entire planet that doesn’t know The Three Stooges ????
in the last 20 to 25 years they let the Stooges die , but before that ,they where on at least once a year . All over the western world , as far as i can tell . And the classic slapstick was even shown in the non western world on re-runs once in a while …
Now they don’t show it anymore as far as i can tell . At least not on public tv channels in Europe .
I do think slapstick is making sort of a comeback .being it in small pieces here and there in comedy’s and other movies ( King Kong ) .
But i don’t know if the people still want to see that kind of humor . It needs to be brought into the 21 century , maybe it will have a chance to shine again.
August 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm
My three Girls, Love this Movie, age 12, 7, and 5,
Never seen the 3 Stooges before,
Also Me too, I liked it too
August 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm
I got called a spambot! 🙁
Anyways, I’ll parse what I typed earlier.
If I’m not mistaken you’re saying these new guys play a great homage to what were “The Three Stooges” but they don’t always deliver with the tact that the original guys had.
I think for them to have executed a genuine remake would have been to obtain actors that not only looked incredibly similar but to have actors who understood the original men who played the characters.
I can remember waking up at 8 or 9am and watching cartoons but other shows like Star Trek or The Three Stooges would come on a bit later and there would be runs of 2-3 hours of episodes!
I think it is great that people got together (hopefully) wanting to pay tribute and produce a really great movie… but there are so many things that could go wrong.
I’m going to watch it, I hope it’s alright. Your mannerisms made it seem as if you tried really hard to say some nice things but I can understand where you’re coming from. You have a special place for those original characters and it’s hard to do them justice.
Maybe I’ve interpreted wrong, but I really enjoyed the review 🙂
I’ve always enjoyed your work James, great stuff and it helps me remember my youth!
Keep it up, the work is always getting better!
August 10, 2012 at 12:02 am
Want to see a way better Three Stooges movie? Go to crackle.com and watch the one on there. It is way better and showed the darker moments of their lives too. But also recreates old shorts.
August 10, 2012 at 8:53 am
I saw them do their stick on Monday Night Raw, and I didn’t laugh even once. I didn’t consider them funny at all.
Of course, I don’t think I ever found the original stooges funny either.
Laurel & Hardy on the other hand, those guys always made me laugh.
August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm
james I’m your fan since the first video came out, but I’ll say something sincerely and seek further comment but I see that nobody has the balls to tell you: YOU REALLY SUCK.
and I tell everyone see the video, to answer to everything is: I do not know.
I like the movie? I do not know
I think this good check? I do not know
if I ate a sandwich? I do not know
If the story sounds good? I do not know
if I’m gay? I do not know
if I go back to doing something interesting? I do not know
I do not know I do not know I do not know I do not know
go and fuck your grandmother
August 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm
WHY DO YOU HATE MY GROIN?
August 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Very nice review James. I love your shirt I never knew that you were a Bob Ross fan.
August 12, 2012 at 2:35 am
Fuck it, I liked the movie. I’ve been a fan of The Three Stooges my whole life and these three guys pretty much nailed the impersonations. I mean, it could do without the Jersey Shore people because I feel they were there just to get paid and appeal to the current gen of kids.
While I liked the movie, I also feel that you probably have to be a Stooges fan to like it. I don’t believe most of the newcomers would like this movie.
August 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Damn it I just wrote something that took 20 minutes to write and lost it cause it had a problem sending. Anyway I will just write it a shorter version. I just wanted to say that I think everyone now is too serious because life now makes people that way. They want better everyday. For games they want better graphics. In the 80’s we just had basic stuff and not much was important. In the 80’s slapstick was easy to watch cause people didn’t take things serious and it was easy to laugh at that. Now people don’t cause they need more to even make them smile the slightest. Something needs to change soon or these years to come will suck.
August 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Nice review. It was better then I thought it was going to be. I thought Larry David was great as the old nun too.
August 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Yeah, I heard the effort and work these three actors did to ‘commemorate’ the original 3 stooges, were beyond tedious!
August 15, 2012 at 1:07 am
Having received some feedback from a few friends regarding their thoughts of The Three Stooges, I feel that ultimately the movie shares the same under appreciated comedy status as Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, where everyone feels that the movie isn’t that funny until you begin asking them about particular segments. I cornered one friend by asking what her favorite funny moments were, and she listed only three until I asked her thoughts on some of the other laugh-out-loud moments that I vividly remembered, and her reply was often, “Oh yeah, I laughed at that part, too.” While some people may not enjoy Stooge comedy, or they may have a bad impression overall, I’ve managed to get almost everyone to admit that they not only enjoyed several scenes in the Three Stooges movie, but that it made enough of an impression that they easily remembered a lot of the films jokes. And overall isn’t that what a good comedy is supposed to do? What The Three Stooges has against it is that it’s a similar situation with the Farrelly Brother’s previous hit, Dumb and Dumber, where you either did or did not like the overly stupid humor, but despite your experience there are always a few scenes that made you laugh.
But past the “so stupid it’s hilarious” humor that some people might not care for, there was one tear-jerker moment in the movie that should make almost anybody’s eyes swell up, fan of the Three Stooges or not. Harkening back to the beginning of the movie and the secret reason why Moe, Larry and Curly were never adopted, the events of that scene come back and crash on Moe’s shoulders after a particularly violent and well choreographed fighting frenzy. At that moment, Moe bites his tongue while Larry and Curly finally part ways with him. The only people that Moe has in the entire world, the two friends for whom he had sacrificed everything for, leave him, alone, in the dark. It’s a powerful scene mostly due to Chris Diamantopoulos’ (Moe’s) fantastically remorseful expression as he watches his two best friends walk out of his life.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the film was no where near as cringe-worthy as the trailer made it out to be. Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso fit perfectly into their respective roles, perfectly capturing the mannerisms, vocal patterns, and humor, ultimately selling the entire movie on their performances alone. The comedy itself is reminiscent to classic Three Stooges skits, but there are a few groan moments, none of which derail the movie as a whole. The Three Stooges is light on plot, but it’s a very good comedy where (like Dumb and Dumber) the misadventures on a normally simple journey that makes up the film. Ultimately, The Three Stooges is an enjoyable family movie, and a pleasant experience for fans of slapstick comedies. However, it is not a comedy for everyone, and just as there is an audience for this brand of humor, there will be those who will feel that this ‘low-brow’ comedy is a waste of their time. If you are not a fan of The Three Stooges, and if you despised the movie Dumb and Dumber, you would probably be better spending your money elsewhere.
But past the “so stupid it’s hilarious” humor that some people might not care for, there was one tear-jerker moment in the movie that should make almost anybody’s eyes swell up, fan of the Three Stooges or not.
September 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Worst movie ever…. left the movies after 20 minutes.
September 8, 2012 at 11:57 am
The new 21 Jump Street actually has a moment where it makes of Hollywood recycling old movie ideas because they can’t come up with anything new, and it actually creates a new story with new characters instead of just using new actors impersonating the old ones. If you haven’t seen this, you should. It really does everything right.
January 9, 2013 at 12:17 am
Wow, did you notice that near the end of the video, his voice tone really got into the depressed “God, fuck this planet and everybody on it”?
January 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm
The movie i seen with the stooges was about there real life. i read the book first. ..american icons. they suffered there whole lifes to be remembered in there own artistic way. let them be remember as who they r.
December 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm
It was going to keep alive, with the help of Steve Smith and Rick Green.
…Check em’ out, they have their own youtube channels, really free flowing.
…And, I knew these peole were making the movie as far back as 2003, some interview on one of the 2nd Age websites that didn’t suck, they gave some long-term planning, and heavy detail/movement forwards/expressionistic hypotheticalism.
…Knew in advance, and it still gives fireworks to my senses.
April 14, 2014 at 2:10 am
It’s OK to numb your brain a bit when watching a movie if at the end you come out with a more open mind. I can safely say the slapstick was humorous, me and my lil bro enjoyed it and I don’t think this was made by the concept of “out with the old, in with the new” but rather more of a homage to what make the Stooges great and how they should roll.
August 20, 2014 at 11:02 am
I like Slapstick comedy.
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