A Farrelly Brother On The Three Stooges

The Farrelly brothers bring back the Three Stooges.  We’re talking with director Peter Farrelly.

Scene from the new film "The Three Stooges." (Twentieth Century Fox)

Scene from the new film "The Three Stooges." (Twentieth Century Fox)

When it comes to The Three Stooges, you love them or hate them – or, if you’re young enough – have no idea who they are.

Well, stand back.  Out of the mists of time, Mo, Larry and Curly are back on the big screen. Three non-stop knuckleheads slapping and punching and eye-gouging each other into a perpetual 10-year-old’s frenzy.

And the Farrelly brothers have brought them back.  The guys who brought you “Dumb and Dumber” and “Something about Mary.”  Before you run, they’ve got Larry David as a nun.  Sofia Vergara in a sweat.

This hour, On Point:  Peter Farrelly on The Three Stooges.

-Tom Ashbrook


Peter Farrelly, director and producer — with his brother Bobby — of the new film “The Three Stooges,” as well as many others including “Dumb and Dumber,” and “There’s Something About Mary.”

Dennis Lim, writes about film and culture for various publications including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

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New York Times “The new “Three Stooges” movie, opening Friday, brings the knuckleheaded stalwarts of American comedy back to the big screen and into the present day. Given that the film could just as well be called “Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest,” it also brings its directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, full circle, back to the vaudeville anarchy and blunt slapstick antics of their expulsive debut.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer “Mistaken for the new studio bosses, the Three Stooges give Hollywood the full ‘nyuk, nyuk, nyuk’ treatment in their 1936 comedy short ‘Movie Maniacs.’ After their slapstick brand of lunacy reduces a film set to mayhem, Moe indignantly announces to Larry and Curly, ‘Our genius ain’t appreciated around here. Let’s scram.'”

Detroit Free Press “While promoting the new “Three Stooges” film over the weekend (it’s due in theaters April 13), directing brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly said they plan to start shooting a sequel to their 1994 hit “Dumb and Dumber” in September.”

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