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The Three Stooges (2012)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 13 April 2012 (USA)
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While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality television show.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hayes ... Larry
Will Sasso ... Curly
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Moe
Jane Lynch ... Mother Superior
Sofía Vergara ... Lydia
Jennifer Hudson ... Sister Rosemary
Craig Bierko ... Mac
Stephen Collins ... Mr. Harter
Larry David ... Sister Mary-Mengele
Kirby Heyborne ... Teddy
Carly Craig ... Mrs. Harter
Kate Upton ... Sister Bernice
Marianne Leone ... Sister Ricarda
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Monsignor Ratliffe
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino ... The Situation (as Michael Sorrentino)
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Storyline

Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns at birth, three friends Moe, Larry and Curly spend their time eye poking and slapping each other all the day long. But when their orphanage suddenly goes bankrupt, the three Stooges set out to save it by journeying into the world to find a way to raise the money required. But their quest brings them into being used in a murder scheme and landing them into a popular reality show. Written by Blazer346

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No knuckleheads were harmed in the making of this film. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Stooges See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,010,125, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$44,338,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,819,301
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Russell Crowe turned down the role of Moe. See more »

Goofs

In the long shot of Sister Bernice as a lifeguard, she is twirling a whistle with her right hand. In the closeup shot a moment later, the whistle is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sister Mary-Mengele: [an orphan says "We're not just orphans" as the orphans play a game of kick the can; Sister Mary-Mengele blows her whistle] Everybody inside! Come on, time for your chores!
Murph: But Sister Mary-Mengele, the game's tied! Can't we just play another couple of minutes? Please?
Sister Mary-Mengele: No, you can't. Now get inside! And pick up that soccer can and put it back in the equipment shed where it belongs!
Peezer: Wait a second, Sis, you gotta hear us out!
Murph: [sings] We didn't ask for this
Peezer: [sings] We didn't pray for this
Hipster Orphan: [...]
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Crazy Credits

Right before the end credits, 2 actors posing as the Farrelly Brothers appear on screen to deliver a "Don't Try This At Home" announcement. Also, towards the end of the closing credits, there is a music video featuring The Three Stooges and 'Jennifer Hudson'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version was cut for a PG rating, to remove the following imitable techniques:
  • A vegetable peeler used on a man's head.
  • A cheese grater used on a man's foot.
  • Hair tongs used on a woman's tongue.
  • A man's head being shoved into a microwave.
  • A verbal reference to playing with matches.
The uncut version was rated 12 on video. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.116 (2012) See more »

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Good, harmless Stooge fun. A faithful tribute.
12 April 2012 | by mrbeansholidaySee all my reviews

As a big fan of The Three Stooges since childhood, I wasn't sure how to feel about this movie. Was Hollywood selling out a beloved franchise, or was it actually attempting a faithful, big- screen tribute to one of the greatest comedy acts of all time?

This film was everything I had hoped it'd be and more. When we get to see the Moe, Larry and Curly that we all know and love, it feels like running into a couple of old friends that we haven't seen in awhile. While the appearances aren't dead on with the original Stooges, Sasso, Hayes and Diamantopolous manage to capture the very essence and mannerisms behind the original Stooges.

There's some very interesting character development for the character of Moe, something I didn't expect to find in this film. There's also an emotional depth and a light-hearted silliness that are present throughout the film, something which made the originals so great. There's a few questionable scenes here or there that don't quite feel like they fit in the film, but somehow we get the impression that if the Stooges could have gotten away with it back then they would have done the exact same thing.

The eye pokes, slaps and head bonks are all the same as you remember. They look authentic and when they are mixed with the original sound effects, you'll find yourself laughing like you were a 10 year old kid again. The Farrelly's obviously put a lot of work and research into the film, and if their goal was to make a film that the original Stooges would be proud of and that would inspire a new generation of Stooge lovers, then they have succeeded.

Don't go into this film expecting it to top the originals. No one will ever come close to them, and the makers of this film understand that. Moe Howard was a man who always believed that the show must go on. When Curly was replaced by Shemp, naturally the shorts wouldn't be as good as the Curly ones, but they were still great on their own levels. The same thing could be said when Shemp was replaced by Joe Besser, and eventually Joe DeRita. Moe knew that the golden age of the Stooges was the Moe, Larry and Curly era. That didn't stop him though, he always continued the act, because he knew people needed the Stooges. Don't think of this film as an attempt to top the originals, that's just never gonna happen. Look at it was a faithful love letter to the boys, and sit back relax and get ready to laugh like a kid again.


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