Your first reaction after watching this brutal trailer for the new film adaptation of the classic 1940s-1950s TV show The Three Stooges is....a simple yet understood heavy sigh. Even though the TV show relied on genuinely funny (read: silly) slapstick comedy, a big screen version, in 2011, just seems nonsensical.
Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso step into the roles of Larry, Moe, and Curly (respectively), and not even they can make the movie look a little more clever. There's a point when stupid funny just comes off, well, stupid. Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly (Me, Myself and Irene and There's Something About Mary), aka the Farrelly brothers, are known as masters of this genre, but their dumb luck must have just run out. It's really too bad, because Sofía Vergara, Jane Lynch, Larry David, and even Jennifer Hudson (who all make appearances in he movie) deserved better than this vehicle. It's a doggone shame.
The Three Stooges opens in theaters April 13, 2012.