It doesn't open until April 13, 2012, but the first trailer for the new Three Stooges movie is out. With our iconic childhood heroes creepily leering after nuns and making an appearance on the Jersey Shore reality tv show, it's clear we're not in Kansas any more. Iconic, yes; moronic, very likely; ironic, no.
According to co-director Peter Farrelly, "They are Moe, Larry, Curly as you remember them. It's not a biopic. It's the episodes just as you saw but we rewrote, we have all new episodes. We have three episodes. Technically, each episode picks up where the last one left off. Each one begins with its own theme, so it's about an hour and 25 minutes. Three episodes, fun, old-fashioned, but it takes place present-day, and they look, dress and sound like the Three Stooges."
Yes, Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Paul Giamatti all dropped out of the project before it got started but, hey, you do get Larry David as one of the nuns (not the one in the bikini).
Not so sure I'll be able to sit through an hour and a half of eye poking, but I guess I'll try. Meanwhile...
• Here's the official movie site
• The IMDB page
• A Peter Farrelly interview about the project from way back in 2005.
• A negative reaction to the trailer from a London Guardian reviewer.
• An hourlong Three Stooges compilation (color shorts) available for free download here.