Peter and Bobby Farrelly, makers of knock-out comedies like “There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Shallow Hal” gas out another outrageous adventure comedy, “The Three Stooges.”
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The Farrelly brothers, being introduced to the antics of The Three Stooges since kids following it on television has influenced their slew of blockbusters. Bringing it in to the contemporary setting recreating the classic and iconic Stooge sounds, the Farrelly brothers searched high and low for the right actors to play the Stooges and finally came upon Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso.
In the movie, the Stooges are introduced as newborns being left on a nun’s doorstep. Bereft of the outside world growing up, the Stooges grew up stumbling their way to uncharted levels of knucklehead adventures. Years later, Moe, Larry and Curly have left the nuns bruised, battered and bewildered. Even worse, it looks like the orphanage will be forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties. But the three, employed as the home’s inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue.
Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot... while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. For the first time in their lives, the three make their way through the big city streets. As they try and save the day, Larry, Curly and Moe engage in plenty of their trademark antics, including a saturating situation involving bundles of wet diapers in a hospital nursery; more hallmark hilarity at a private, black-tie party at a splashy mansion; and Moe's newfound stardom on reality television.
On filming a full length as opposed to television’s shorts, Bobby shares that “Making this movie definitely makes me realize how hard it was to do what they were doing, and they never really got a lot of credit for it either. They did it for about 25 or 30 straight years and every one of those years they were under the assumption that this was their last year of doing it, so they kind of did it for cheap. They never got the A-list recognition that we feel they had coming to them.”
“ A lot of people are really routing for this movie, but there are also people who are Stooge purists who think it’s wrong that we are making it. They think it’s sacrilege that anybody would try to duplicate what these people did. Well first of all, we’re not duplicating what they did. We’ve come up with all new stuff and we’ve taken their characters, but my argument to that is, as Bobby said, that they never got the acknowledgement they deserved. They were always behind Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers - they were considered second rate by the critics and public. But to us they were first rate and they were funnier than all those people, and we want to honor them by doing this movie,” Peter concludes.