The Three Stooges (2000)

The Three Stooges (2000)

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The comedy team that made the phrase "nyuk nyuk nyuk" part of the American vocabulary gets the full biographical treatment in this made-for-TV feature. The Three Stooges opens in 1959, as a TV executive tries to persuade Moe Howard (Paul Ben-Victor) to reunite with his former onscreen partners to publicize the television premiere of a package of Three Stooges classic comedy shorts. Howard then flashes back on his long and remarkable career, as vaudeville star Ted Healy (Marton Csokas) assembles Moe Howard, sibling Shemp Howard (John Kassir), and Larry Fine (Evan Handler) as "stooges" for his stage act. As Moe, Shemp, and Larry gain popularity, a jealous Healy forces them to strike out on their own, but after many grueling years on the road, Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn (Linal Haft) offers them a chance to star in their own series of two-reel comedies. But Shemp, always stage-shy, backs out of the group, and his brother Jerome (Michael Chiklis) -- aka "Curly" -- takes over, and the Three Stooges become a sensation. However, success proves to be a bumpy road for the group, as a bad deal with Columbia prevents them from reaping the full benefits of their success, and a serious illness forces Curly to quit, bringing Shemp back into the act. Mel Gibson was an executive producer for this biopic, which first aired on ABC on April 24, 2000. Incidentally, this wasn't Michael Chiklis' first time playing an icon of American comedy; he portrayed John Belushi in the 1989 drama Wired.
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Storyline Entertainment

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Cast

Michael Chiklis
as Jerome `Curly' Howard
Marton Csokas
as Ted Healy
Joel Edgerton
as Tom Cosgrove
Rachael Blake
as Helen Howard
Peter Callan
as Joe DeRita
Linal Haft
as Harry Cohn
Evan Handler
as Larry Fine
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
as Jules White
Anna Lise Phillips
as Mabel Fine
Paul Ben-Victor
as Moe Howard
John Kassir
as Samuel `Shemp' Howard
Jeanette Cronin
as Gertrude Howard
Brandon Burke
as Harry Romm
Laurence Coy
as Joe Besser
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Incredible effort, great cast... But just falls short. The recreations of classic acts feel... off. I didn't laugh once. The drama was acceptable, but again not quite hard hitting. In one scene Michael Chiklis cries. I knew my heart should be breaking in that scene... but... it didn't. But very solid effort, I highly recommend.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

I suffered through some parts and was intrigued by other... It did make me look up the stooges to see how accurate it was.

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This biopic based on the lives of the Three Stooges...is pretty bad. It's historical accuracy is not entirely up to snuff...and the performances of the leads, whether they are in the act or not, are pretty much terrible. You don't really buy that these guys are the Stooges at any point. Also they don't age at all..they are 40 from beginning to end. I'm not a real Stooge fan anyhow. I think they tried, but they just didn't succeed in this made for television mess. Skippable, which is pretty easy to do because no one really knows about this.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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