The Three Stooges trailer: two thumbs up, or two fingers in the eyes?

The Three Stooges trailer: two thumbs up, or two fingers in the eyes?

For many people, the Three Stooges are iconic. When I was in high school, students were actually expressly forbidden from “stooging” other students (an open handed straight-on slap to the forehead).

For other people, they see them as minor cinematic figures…curiousities, perhaps.

I think Leonard Maltin put it best when the movie critic said (approximately): “The world is divided into two kinds of people. Those who like The Three Stooges, and those who wonder why.”

So, with a

new Three Stooges movie

scheduled for release on April 13, 2012 (and directed by the Farrelly brothers). it’s natural for some of us to be very curious about it (and others to care very little). 😉

The first real test was the casting, and there were some interesting names floated. At one point, it sounded like it might be Jim Carrey as Curly, Sean Penn as Larry, and Benicio del Toro as Moe.

We don’t know Moe: Larry & Curly cast in Stooges movie

We got that all out of the way: MadTV’s Will Sasso as Curly, Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes as Larry, and 24’s Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe.

There are a lot of celebrities (yes, that’s Larry David as a nun) as well.

The second big test is the first trailer…and it’s here now:

It does answer some important questions:

  • The Stooges are the Stooges…there isn’t any kind of radical rebooting going on
  • The movie is contemporary (there is a gag about an iPhone)
  • It doesn’t seem to be complicating it (that’s a good thing…no meta nudge-nudges in the trailer)
  • They are trying to attract younger audiences as well (Snooki appears in the trailer)
  • There is a gag in the trailer that wouldn’t have been in the original Stooges, but tonally, it generally fits

How about the acting?

It’s tough to get a real sense from a trailer. I will say that Sean Hayes appears to be getting the balance right as Larry. The “stooge in the middle’ is arguably the hardest of the three to play. There are less obvious elements than for Moe or Curly…you don’t see t-shirts with Larry’s catchphrases on them.

Will Sasso as Curly? I’ll need to see more. Sasso seems a little frantic in the bits we see…Curly could be frantic, certainly, over the top so…but that’s not all of him.

I’m going to withhold comment on Diamantopoulos’ Moe for now…I need more data. 🙂 It takes some work not to just make Moe mean, and they may not show us those scenes in a trailer.

Take a look at it, and feel free to tell me what you think.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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