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The Three Stooges (2012)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry
... Curly
... Moe
... Mother Superior
... Lydia
... Sister Rosemary
... Mac
... Mr. Harter
... Sister Mary-Mengele
... Teddy
... Mrs. Harter
... Sister Bernice
... Sister Ricarda
... Monsignor Ratliffe
... The Situation (as Michael Sorrentino)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Stupidity loves company. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tre idiotene  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,010,125, 15 April 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The orphanage is shown to be founded in 1934, the same year The Three Stooges began their series of shorts for Columbia Pictures, which continued until 1958. See more »


When the three arrive at Ted's anniversary party (on skateboards pulled by poodles), they go flying into the bushes well past the curb. Immediately after the cut, their feet are hanging over the curb. See more »


[first lines]
Sister Mary-Mengele: [an orphan says "We're not just orphans" as the orphans play a game of kick the can; Sister Mary-Mengele blows her whistle] Everybody inside! Come on, time for your chores!
Murph: But Sister Mary-Mengele, the game's tied! Can't we just play another couple of minutes? Please?
Sister Mary-Mengele: No, you can't. Now get inside! And pick up that soccer can and put it back in the equipment shed where it belongs!
Peezer: Wait a second, Sis, you gotta hear us out!
Murph: [sings] We didn't ask for this
Peezer: [sings] We didn't pray for this
Hipster Orphan: [...]
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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 »


Referenced in Sonny with a Chance: Random Acts of Disrespect (2010) See more »


Garage Lunch Rock
Written and Performed by William Goodrum (as Billy Goodrum)
Courtesy of Manonash Music
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User Reviews

The Three Stooges just how you remembered them
27 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you still watch the old Three Stooges Shorts from way back when and appreciate their humor, there's no reason you won't love this movie. The setting is contemporary, with iphone's and the jersey shore and what not, but this setting is only used to further punctuate the timeless humor of the stooges. All three actors who portray the stooges do a flawless job and make you actually forget that they are not the originals halfway through the movie. It's as if Larry, Curly and Moe have been pulled out of time and placed into today's society getting into the same type of trouble and running the same type of gags they always would. There really isn't a better way the Three Stooges could have been portrayed in this day and age. The Farrelly brothers do an incredible job doing the character of the Stooges justice, weaving a fantastic Stooge-esque plot and transporting these lovable nitwits into the present day. Heck the Farrelly brothers even made sure to include the classic title slides seen before every Stooges short. It's for this reason I give this movie an extremely high rating, not because it's a profound comedy, but because it had one goal: recreate the enduring humor of the Three Stooges, and with that goal in mind this movie overwhelmingly succeeds.

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