The Three Stooges by the Farrelly Brothers
I kinda can't believe I'm writing this. I was never a huge fan of The Three Stooges as a kid; even as a tween, I thought they were, yes, juvenile. The question for me is: Does anybody really care about The Three Stooges anymore? I’m telling you that you should. Care, that is. The film is rated PG so they’re obviously trying for the widest possible audience.
Proviso: parents, can your kids pass The Three Stooges test? (A parent’s proudest day!) Do your kids understand that when the Stooges hit each other with hammers or poke each other's eyes, they're only PRETENDING and that this does not mean that it would be funny to try this at home? Then they've passed the test. It was the same test we had to pass way back when. Filmmakers the Farrelly brothers (played by two hunk actors) actually explain that kids shouldn’t try this at home at the end of the picture.
|Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, and Larry David|
The entire picture wasn’t as funny as I’d hoped, but I must say, the film works more than it doesn’t because all of the actors—including Jane Lynch and Jennifer Hudson as nuns—commit to their parts like they’re doing Shakespeare. Comedy is serious business and this cast doesn’t wink at the camera. What can I say about Sean Hayes as Larry? I can say this: I saw Sean Hayes on Broadway in Promises, Promises. When he and co-star Kristen Chenoweth decided to leave the show, the show CLOSED. Sean Hayes is that talented. He killed on Will and Grace. He kills as Larry. He kills at everything he tries. I wish he'd run for Congress. Or President. Or Pope.
The Stooges bring chaos wherever they step. But other than themselves, they only inflict pain on characters who deserve it, and the plot offers enough baddies to create a few genuinely funny classic Stooge set pieces. I like the sequence when Moe gets a spray tan and mixes it up with Snookie and the gang from Jersey Shore, who are this generation's Stooges. At the end of the day, the world needs complete and utter clowns to make us feel better about ourselves but also to remind us we ain't so grand as all that.
Sometimes you just gotta laugh, porcupine.