The Farrelly brothers have been trying to make this for more than a decade, at one time Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro were to be the leads. As incredible as that unmade film sounds, it’s hard to imagine that a more star-powered lineup could have done any better than the performers here. Split into three episodes, these stooges are trying to raise the cash to save the orphanage they have lived in all their lives. The rapid, brutal physical comedy of the source material arrives intact, the snappy, wisecracks come with every nyuck and woop intact. It’s unapolgetically silly and certainly heartfelt – no one phones it in – and, while it incorporates modern trappings such as reality TV, it shows that what made the Stooges work all those years ago, though hardly in vogue, still works today.
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