movies: A feast of fam­ily fun on the big screen...................

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a quar­ter-cen­tury in de­vel­op­ment at four dif­fer­ent stu­dios, you’d think some­one would have fig­ured out how to make a funny movie about The Three Stooges. Af­ter all, Moe, Larry and Curly starred in dozens of hi­lar­i­ous, clas­sic the­atri­cal shorts be­tween 1934 and Curly’s re­tire­ment in 1946. While Beni­cio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Car­rey nearly starred in The Three Stooges for di­rec­tors Bobby and Peter Far­relly a few years ago, the three ac­tors who ended up playing the zany comics for the film­maker broth­ers – Chris Dia­man­topou­los, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso – of­fer fairly pre­cise phys­i­cal and vo­cal im­i­ta­tions of Moe, Larry and Curly. As the Stooges, th­ese new wiseguys man­age to mimic the manic comic trio’s an­tics, but even a short Curly Shuf­fle is more en­ter­tain­ing. They ex­e­cute pre­cise re-cre­ations of their pre­de­ces­sors’ vi­o­lent rou­tines – pokes in the eyes and ham­mers on the head in­cluded (with sound ef­fects) – but to what end? The Three Stooges bor­rows the premise of The Blues Broth­ers and turns th­ese quin­tes­sen­tial Jewish char­ac­ters into the bum­bling would-be saviours of the Catholic or­phan­age where they were raised. Larry David plays Sis­ter Mary Men­gele, the Stooges’ neme­sis at the or­phan­age while Jane Lynch is wasted in a straight role as the mother su­pe­rior. Things don’t get much bet­ter when the three shel­tered ma­ni­acs set out into a real world they’re hardly equipped for. When they crash a high-so­ci­ety party and cre­ate chaos, it only serves to re­mind Stooges-lov­ing baby boomers how much more ef­fec­tively the orig­i­nals did this sort of thing.

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stars (clock­wise from top left) Chris Dia­man­topou­los (Moe) Sean Hayes (Larry) and Will Sasso (Curly).

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