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Dinner and a Movie: 'The Three Stooges' Is No Laughing Matter

The trio get a new look with some fresh new faces, and no one is laughing.

From the people who brought you "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb & Dumber" comes the much anticipated movie about three morons in "The Three Stooges."

It's Larry, Moe, and Curly 2.0. This time around Larry is played by Sean Hayes, Moe is Chris Diamantopoulos, and Curly is Will Sasso.

Three shorter episodes combine for one 90-minute movie, in which the Stooges try to save the orphanage they grew up in. This movie has been talked about for more than 10 years now and, sad to say, it's pretty anticlimactic.

I was never a real big fan of the original Stooges, and it's pretty safe to say that these three were doing impressions rather than a performance. The eye-poking and slapping is so repetitive it's almost sad. This film does not honor the Stooges' legacy nor does it justify bringing them into the present day. I'm talking to you, Farrelly Brothers.

The flick-o-meter gives The Three Stooges an unlaughable two out of five.

Sure they look like Larry, Moe, and Curly, but if you love The Three Stooges, stick with the originals. 

Showtimes: "The Three Stooges" is playing at the UA Laguna Village 12 at 12:10 p.m. 1:50 p.m. 2:50 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 8:10 p.m. 9:50 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.

Dinner: If you insist on seeing The Three Stooges, fortify yourself first (or recover after) with a blast from the past that will put a smile on your face. , a favorite of the eastside/Sheldon crowd, features servers in old-fashioned uniforms and classic, deliciously fattening milkshakes.

Elk Grove Patch staff contributed to this report.

jami April 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I love the three stooges I hope the movie is as good as they were bake in the day
Kristi Garrett April 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I think the operative phrase here is "I was never a big fan of the original Stooges". Spread out, Brett.
Felicia Mello April 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I love that you guys are not taking our reviewer's opinion as gospel and instead keeping an open mind. If you see the movie, let us know what you think! (My dad IS a Stooges fan, so I'm curious about his take.)
Tom Sava April 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
GO SEE IT, I JUST SAW IT LAST NIGHT IT'S HILLARIOUS. LOVE JANE LYNCH AS ONE OF THE NUNS, GREAT FUN FOR THE FAMILY...CAN'T WAIT FOR THE THREE STOOGES TWO (2) GREAT IMPRESSIONS WITH FRESH MATERIAL , PHYSICAL COMEDY AT IT'S BEST. THIS GUY SAYS HE WAS NOT A FAN OFTHE ORIGINAL STOOGES, HE SHOULD NOT EVEN RATED THIS MOVIE...I GIVE IT 5 STARS, ALOT OF FUN T
Joshua Staab April 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I was reading Brett's review and I really couldn't agree more with the commenters. I guess it's good Brett makes it clear he was never a fan of the Stooges, because if he ever had been, it's likely he would've loved this movie. I saw it and couldn't stop laughing. Then again, I've been a Stooges fan from as far back as I can remember. Also, these actors did a great job in their performances. Real Stooge fans are going to love this one. The Farrellys do a great job bringing back a lost form of comedy art. It's a ballet of prat falls, pokes, slaps and fart jokes (something I can only assume the original Stooges would've incorporated had it not been for the more conservative times). The actors really bring the A-game (and possibly some humanity) to the characters. A great flick for true Stooge fans.

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