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Review: The Three Stooges

Funny and faithful
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 23, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

The Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges pastiche, while not poifect, is funny and faithful, recreating slap-shtick (and sound effects!) and adding sharp one-liners. They deftly transpose Moe, Larry, and Curly and stories that could have graced their 1930s shorts (raise money to save an orphanage, stumble into a greedy wife's plot), onto the present and imagine how they'd interpret modern concepts ("farm-raised salmon"). A convergence of idiocy occurs when Moe eye-pokes the cast of Jersey Shore, and other Farrelly touches include newborns as squirt guns in a hospital melee. But Chris Diamantopoulos leads the cast as an amazing Moe; not only does he capture that cartoonish '30s body language, but he makes his face look like a fist. Will Sasso does a spirited Curly, but Sean Hayes doesn't rescue Larry from his status as nobody's favorite Stooge. The more vivid Larry is Larry David as vitriolic nun Sister Mary-Mengele.

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