“The Three Stooges” (Comedy: 1 hour, 32 minutes)
Starring: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso
Directors: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
Rated: PG (Comedic violence and thematic elements)
Movie Review: Slapstick is outdated, but the comedy inspires insightful lines. The best parts are the manner in which this film uses words to convey astute intellectual dialogue. The moments are short but provide plenty of laughter.
Nuns raise three orphans, Moe (Sasso), Larry (Hayes) and Curly (Diamantopoulos) at a religious orphanage. Still there years later, the three men are nitwits, constantly getting in trouble with lame — albeit humanitarian — ideas. When the orphanage faces closure, Moe, Larry and Curly set out to save the orphanage. The Three Stooges travel away from orphanage for the first time to a big city. There, they encounter new technology, a faster pace of life, reality television and Lydia (a very beautiful Sofía Vergara), who wants them to kill her husband.
“Stooges” manages to generate laughs via clever means. This mainly comes via a script that throws unexpected events at its audience. The plot is clever once the comic trio leaves the orphanage and encounters people with ulterior motives. Moe, Larry, and Curly’s naïveté makes them absurdly funny in a decent manner and in innocence of yesteryear’s comedies.
Gracing audiences with comic routines since 1925, The Three Stooges are a part of many generations’ most remembered movie moments. The Stooges are still gathering laughs through this comedy.
Chris Diamantopoulos is the best as Curly. His lines are on key for the best humor. Hayes and Sasso are intriguing. The three men provide plenty of laughs that should entertain any audience.
Grade: B- (The three knuckleheads inspire laughs.)
“The Cabin in the Woods” (Thriller/Horror: 1 hour, 35 minutes)
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Jesse Williams
Director: Drew Goddard
Rated: R (Violence, gore, sexuality, profanity, nudity and thematic elements)