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The Three Stooges is a slapstick comedy movie that is based upon the early TV series and films. Produced and directed by the Farrelly brothers, they also co-wrote the film with Mike Cerrone. Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso recreate the characters played by Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine. The story takes place in a modernized setting. Since the guys were left at the doorstep of the Sisters of Mercy Orphanage as babies, chaos has ensued. Most all of the nuns are literally terrified, particularly Sister Mary-Mengele, who has always despised the trio.

Out of sheer desperation, the exhausted nuns present the boys as the only available children to adopt to a visiting couple. They ultimately choose Moe, but when he insists that Curly and Larry join him, he is promptly taken back to the orphanage.

Around 25 years passes and the trio continue to live at the orphanage as adults, attempting to help care for the children. Monsignor Ratliffe (played by Brian Doyle-Murray) arrives at the orphanage to offer an important message, but the guys attack him, believing that he was accosting the nuns.

The Monsignor reveals that the orphanage is to be shut down unless they are able to raise $830,000 in one month. The trio then volunteers to attempt to raise the money. Many of the nuns are certain that will not be possible, since they do not know anyone outside of the orphanage. Mother Superior, however, has faith.

Three months later, the guys return to find a condemned and abandoned orphanage. Just as they begin to cry, kids are heard swimming, laughing and playing. Upon investigation it is discovered that an entirely new orphanage has been built right next door, with a luxury tennis court and Olympic sized swimming pool.

One of the children thought to be terminally ill is found to be in perfect health. Her illness was due to an excess of iron in the water. Larry had suspected this, but no one would listen to him. She and two other children who had been lost - Weezer and Peezer are to be adopted.

Soon it is disclosed that the funding was provided by Jersey Shore TV producers as a down payment for a new reality show called Nuns vs. Nitwits starring the trio.

The guys cause one more unfortunate incident when Curly accidentally knocks Sister Mary-Mengele into the swimming pool with a diving board that has been folded. The trio quickly bounce onto trampolines and then onto mules, riding off into the sunset.

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| | 1 hr 32 min | Comedy
Stars
Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara
Director
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Language
English
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