By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Here’s what I want from a comedy: Make me and everyone else in the theater laugh, laugh hard and laugh often.
That’s the bar and most so-called “comedies” don’t come close to reaching it. A sad fact of life, but there you go.
Our movie this week is “The Three Stooges.” It’s been explained to me that there are people who can’t stand the original Moe, Larry and Curly (and don’t forget Shemp). I don’t expect this new version set in the modern world to give them any reasons to change their minds.
I’m also assuming there are fans of the original black and white shorts who are concerned the remake with Sean Hayes as Larry, Will Sasso as Curly and Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe will be a horrible letdown.
Not so, my like-minded friends. This movie turns idiocy into an art form. There’s a chance you’ll hurt yourself from laughing too much by the time the credits roll.
Our trio of nitwits grows up in an orphanage, and because of their harebrained ways, the orphanage has 30 days to raise a ridiculous sum of money or it’ll be closed down.
Moe, Larry and Curly go out into the world with nothing but slapstick to guide them. People get hit by moving vehicles; dynamite comes into play; and Stooges fall from high places. It’s funny, stupid stuff.
Hayes, Sasso and Diamantopoulos sink into their roles. Let’s also acknowledge Skyler Gisondo, Lance Chantiles-Wertz and Robert Capron, who shine as Young Moe, Young Larry and Young Curly.
The fine supporting cast includes Larry David as Sister Mary-Mengele, Jane Lynch as Mother Superior and Jennifer Hudson as Sister Rosemary.
Sofía Vergara is exquisitely over the top as a woman with no idea what she’s getting into when she tricks the boys into furthering her evil ends.
To sum up: If you’re not a fan of the originals, steer clear. Stay away. Find another way to spend your time.
But if you have any affection for these goofy underdogs, these lovable losers, these Stooges, then leave your brain at home and give this movie a chance to “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck” its way into your funny bone.
My kids and I laughed, laughed hard and laughed often. I give “The Three Stooges” an A minus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Kelli Karlson, Wizard 106.7. She gives “The Three Stooges” a D minus. “It was painful, and my eyes still hurt.”