This weekend, The Farrelly Brothers’ theatrical release The Three Stooges, which is the very first undertaking of a film of the nonsensical, slapstick trio to not have at least ONE original member in it, opens in theaters nationwide.
This upcoming film, which at heart seems like a harmless, innocuous nod to the legendary comedy team, has created a ripple in today’s society. Fans are divided with the release of this film, which in itself is ludicrous. Purists are crying “fake,” “sell out,” and “it can’t be as good as the original,” when ultimately, at least to my eye, the choreography in the new film of the classic slapstick antics looks pretty convincing, the imitations of the three men look pretty spot on, and the lines I’ve heard in the trailer are as faithful to the inane, ridiculously effective bottom dollar scripting as in all of their classic shorts. This isn’t a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire or The Grapes of Wrath for sure, which arguably should cause this kind of public debate among cinefiles and at best, it will bring a new generation more of a consciousness of what this great, memorable, guilty pleasure, male-dominated fan base comedy team these three guys were. And to digress, I’ve always thought that any woman who likes these guys is the coolest gal in the room actually!
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