Is the New Three Stooges Film an 'Idiotic' Idea? [POLL]
The Farrelly brothers, known for such comedies as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary," have released a film depicting the beloved Moe, Larry and Curly in a modern day setting.
The issue can be divisive: The Stooges or the Marx Brothers?
While both camps could rant on and on about the value of their favorite comedy trio, more recently the age old debate has shifted to whether or not a feature film version of the "Three Stooges" should be made.
Suffering more than a decade of production delays and losing high-profile cast members left and right throughout the process, many thought the movie, based on the comedy shorts that began entertaining audiences in 1930, would never be made.
Well, for better or worse, it has been made and opened nationwide on Friday.
Critical reception for the film, directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly (known for such films as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary"), has thus far been mixed, earning a tepid 43 percent approval rating from critics, and a more encouraging 71 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
"The actors deserve a full-throated woo-woo-woo!," said CNN on Friday. "But the gags don't blossom with repetition. The Stooges were always better in short doses. And 90 minutes of PG nyuk-nyuk-nyuk can seem like an eternity. Even when Moe hooks up with the cast of 'Jersey Shore,' this century's bottom-feeding purveyors of lowbrow comedy, the jokes grow stale. For the Farrellys, 'The Three Stooges' is a labor of love. For non-believers, it's merely a labor."
To call feature length film is a bit misleading as the movie is a collection of three shorts in the original style of the slapstick trio, but set in the modern day.
What do you think? Are you happy the Farrellys are introducing the Three Stooges to this high definition generation? Do you think they should have left these classics alone? Vote in the poll and tell us what you really think in the comments.