‘The Three Stooges’ Snags A Release Date; New Plot Details

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three stooges movie release date The Three Stooges Snags A Release Date; New Plot Details

Larry, Moe, and Curly are returning to the big screen in Bob and Peter Farrelly’s new movie version of The Three Stooges. The filmmaking siblings (and onetime kings of the gross-out comedy) insist their project will retain the classic physical comedy and humor of the original Stooges shorts and movies.

20th Century Fox has settled on a Spring 2012 theatrical release date for The Three Stooges, which is reportedly being structured as a collection of three half-hour segments (like the classic Stooges shorts) that pick up with the quarrelsome trio at different periods in their lives.

Fox has chosen April 4th, 2012 as the release date for Three Stooges. That will give it a two day head-start on another comedy title, American Reunion (a.k.a. American Pie 4). It’ll be interesting to see which brand of comedy plays out better with general audiences - the old-fashioned vaudeville antics of the Stooges or the raunchier hijinks of the American Pie squad. How the different gags (both physical and gross) are executed will definitely affect the outcome, of course.

Here is how THR describes the plot of The Three Stooges:

The film will follow Larry, Moe and Curly as they try to save their childhood home, but accidentally become involved in a murder plot and in a modern-day twist will end up starring in a reality TV show.

So, going off that description, part of the joke in Three Stooges will involve how ill-fitting and out of place its namesake’s mannerisms and behavior seem in a contemporary setting (like in The Brady Bunch Movie). That should at least be the case in the second and third acts of the film, since the first act will begin with Larry, Moe, and Curly being raised in an orphanage run by a collection of nuns whose ranks include Jane Lynch and Larry David (yep, you read that correctly).

the three stooges The Three Stooges Snags A Release Date; New Plot Details

The Farrelly Brothers’ trademark mix of outrageous bathroom/sex humor and sentiment has become pretty tired over the course of the last decade (see this year’s Hall Pass for proof of that) – not to mention, selling The Three Stooges to moviegoers who did not grow up watching the original shorts or movies may be kind of tricky. Still, perhaps the change of pace will end up being exactly what the Farrellys need to get their creative mojo working properly again. Maybe.

Don’t expect them to deviate too far from the tone and style of their previous movies, especially the likes of Dumb and Dumber – which is pretty much a full-blooded modern-day variation on The Three Stooges.


The Three Stooges will star Sean Hayes as Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, and Will Sasso as Curly. Rounding out the supporting cast are the likes of Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Sophia Vergara, Craig Bierko, and Stephen Collins.

The film is now scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on April 4th, 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. I cannot wait for this film! I was skeptical at first, but now that I have see, read and heard more, my excitement grows! I am a huge Stooges fan, and I hope more than anything that this film is the jump-start for the next generation of Stooge fans.

    • I 100% agree. I CANNOT wait for this movie. I’ll see it by myself if I have to. :D The Farrelly Brothers are actually huge Stooge fans, and I am sure they will do justice to them. :D

  2. This *can’t* be any good, can it? I mean, it would be great if they could bring the magic back just once, but…

  3. So going to pass on this. Hollywood is so bereft of original ideas they have to resort to tarnishing the reputation of 3 their own finest slapstick comedic talents.

  4. i sh*t on this flick and the farrelly brothers.

  5. I don’t believe this article at all. The “Three Stooges” are actually a trio of assistant managers at the Wal-Mart where I work…and none of them could get a “date” if they tried!

  6. Just a thought, but the original Three Stooges were always released by Columbia Pictures…so are you saying that one of the biggest studios who is responsible for distributing did not want anything to do with this one? To me that is a hidden statement…”we would never subject our viewers to this kind of torture.”

    I like the Farrelly brothers, but I’m not having a lot of faith in this one. Sorry guys.

  7. Nyuk nyuk.

    Wu wu wu wu wu


  8. I just can’t get excited simply because of the cast. The stooges are legends, you need to get legends to play them. Not some random people I’ve never heard of before.

  9. Boy were we goofed when Benecio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Jim Carrey were to be attached.

  10. Will there be a pie fight in the movie?