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The Three Stooges (2012)

PG | | Comedy | 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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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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tre idiotene  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,010,125 (USA) (13 April 2012)


$44,328,238 (USA) (10 August 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the "dentist" scene early in the movie, the three boys claim to be "dabbling in the arts" when Mother Superior comes into the room to summon them to lunch. Two of the three are doing things that mirror interests in the real Stooges' lives. Moe is reading, something (according to his brother Jack) he loved to do. Larry is playing the violin, at which the real Larry Fine was quite proficient (initially the violin training was in response to a childhood accident), indeed good enough that his parents seriously considered sending him to Europe to study at a music conservatory. See more »


After the car explodes in the lake, Teddy and the Three Stooges are talking on a bridge. Teddy's face is initially dirty with a black substance (mud? soot?). As they talk and the scene continues to cut back to Teddy, his face successively becomes cleaner until there is very little dirt on his face. Then, at the final cut of the scene, his face is completely dirty again. See more »


Larry: [the orphanage's bell falls off the roof and hits a nun on the head below] Uh-oh. Is that Sister Mary-Mengele?
Curly: I don't know, but the face rings a bell.
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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 »


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It Was Like Having Someone Fart In My Face For 90 Minutes!
17 February 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

*WARNING!* - *Possible Spoilers Ahead!*

This film's first fatal mistake - Having The Three Stooges agree to kill someone. I don't care how this murder was justified, the original Three Stooges would never, ever, ever agree to commit an act of homicide. NEVER! There's nothing funny about murder.

2nd fatal mistake - Showing The Three Stooges as children. This was pure nonsense and it wasted the first 15 minutes of this movie. And it was not funny.

3rd fatal mistake - Filming the story in color and having it set in modern times was a grave error. It would have been so much more effective had the story been given a nostalgic, 1940's look.

4th fatal mistake - No pie fights!!! This movie desperately cried out for a few custard-cream pies thrown into some very deserving faces. And, I'm sorry, but, the overlong scene of the pissing babies (though it was funny at first, but was carried on for far too long) didn't compensate for the thrill of seeing someone get a pie right in the kisser.

5th fatal mistake - Having to endure a shirtless Peter Farrelly (writer/ director) at the end of the film, flexing and posing in the name of total conceitedness, while at the same time telling the viewer about the hazards of imitating the eye-pokes, face-slaps, etc., etc. that were seen in the film. Like, as though this self-loving poser cared. He just wanted a chance to display (hubba-hubba!) his over-developed pecs to us.

6th fatal mistake - Not only did I find that there was no chemistry between the actors who played The Three Stooges, but, Moe didn't command and none of them understood anything about comic-timing (an essentially important element in any slapstick comedy situation).

And, finally -

7th fatal mistake (phew!) - In regards to this picture in general - They say that imitation is one of the highest forms of flattery. This, in a sense, is quite true if the imitating is done out of real respect for its subject. And this was not the case here with The Three Stooges.

These actors may have been doing their perceived "imitation" of the Stooges, but, it wasn't being done with any reverence or regard for the original Stooges. It was done in a very conceited and disrespectful manner.

These actors gave me the clear impression that they thought what they were doing was actually improving on the original Stooges. And that, from my viewpoint, is a fatal mistake which is totally unforgivable.

Personally, I think this film should've never been made. The Three Stooges should've just been left alone. And, that's the truth!

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