Reviews have started to come in for the Farrelly Brothers modern revisioning of The Three Stooges. The response so far has been mixed, but the general gist suggests that the directorial pair may have fallen flat on their behinds with this particular brand of slapstick comedy. Roger Ebert, chief movie critic at Chicago Sun Times kept his review direct and, in his conclusion, says "I didn't laugh much."
"I don't think the Stooges are funny, although perhaps I might once have. Some of the sight gags were clever, but meh. The three leads did an admirable job of impersonation. I think this might be pretty much the movie Stooges fans were looking for. I have no idea what their children will think about it. I guess what I'm wondering is, was it really necessary?" The Farrelly brothers have said that they wanted to keep The Three Stooges alive for a new generation but whether or not their comedy translates well to a modern audience of children is another question. Roger Moore, writing for MCClatchy-Tribune News Service seems to think so: "The Farrellys cleaned up their act for a kiddie audience. They even appear on camera for a 'don't do this at home' disclaimer at the end, because, as ever, the Stooges are for kids."
The movie has scored a disappointing 40 per cent so far on the Rotten Tomatoes review-aggregating site. Unless the reviews start to swing in their favour, the brothers will be looking forward rather hastily to their forthcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel to un-tarnish their reputation.