Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) Laughter is the best medicine, am I right? The Three Stooges provided some of the best medicine that television had ever known, with their over the top, slapstick humor. In 2012, the bond between three dim-witted friends is brought to the big screen; is the world ready for three more stooges?
The Farrelly Brothers, the minds behind Dumb and Dumber, bring this modern day remake to life, and their brand of humor shines through. The story goes that one day, an orphanage is left with a basket with three babies in it, those babies grow up to be the stooges we all know; Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso) and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos). They spend their childhood at the orphanage, until one day they realize they need to raise the money to keep the only home they have ever known open. A trip to the outside world results in some hilarious scenes, some visits to pop culture staples these days, and the brand of humor you would come to expect from the stooges.
The humor is there, and for the most part it shines brightly. At times, that bathroom Farrelly humor that shuns some audience members makes itself known. Those are the parts of the film that should have never made it past the editing process. For the most part, the film captures the humor we all remember from the television classic. The far-fetched violence, like being hit in the head with a chainsaw, the quirky noises, all the staples of the original are here. The new stooges do an impressive job channeling their inner stooge, as they bring to life the mannerisms from their respective fictional ancestors.
When you think of comedy, the Three Stooges always come to mind. I am happy to report that this film shines far more than the moments that it slips. This trio of actors does an admirable job, and the laughter in the movie theater is a seal of approval any comedy wants to have. If you are looking for a film to laugh out loud to, this is it. Just be warned, that trademark Farrelly Brothers humor is present, whether we like it or not.