20th Century Fox and The Farrelly Brothers have teamed up to bring back a classic comedy team, The Three Stooges. Starring Larry David as Sister Mary-Mengele, Sean Heyes, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Will Sasso as the Stooges, taking us on a whacky adventure that makes us wonder why it has been so long. The kings of extreme slapstick have returned.
Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated cover-girl and just plain cool individual, and her character Sister Bernice have become embroiled in controversy since the US release of the film. A controversy so heinous nuns are said to be arming themselves with rulers as we speak.
The movie’s plot sees us join the Stooges on a mission to save the Sisters of Mercy Orphanage, their childhood home and holder of many precious memories.
Cast as Sister Bernice of the Sisters of Mercy Kate emerges from the Orphanages swimming pool, dripping wet and wearing the bikini version of the a nuns habit complete with black and white coif and cross hanging. A stunning sight to behold, highlighted by the double, double take performed by the Stooges, a rare and tricky manoeuvre to perform as a comedy treo. Did anyone even notice she is wearing a crucifix that hangs between her ample cleavage?
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights were particularly offended by the nun-kini, and their depiction of nuns in general, heresy they cry. The Catholic League go so far as to question the movies comic accuracy in relationship to the original Stooges, a difficult task as there were many variations in the Stooges line-up.
The Catholic League’s president Bill Donohue, obviously short on funny bone said in a statement, “In the 50s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion. Today it specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism. Enter ‘The Three Stooges’. The movie is not just another remake: It is a cultural marker of sociological significance, and what it says about the way we’ve changed is not encouraging”. Here at Highpants we think he must have been thinking of a different 50’s, that wasn’t the 1950’s. Here at Highpants we strongly disagree and give the nun-kini two thumbs up.
20th Century Fox responded by saying, “The movie, in keeping with the spirit of the original TV show and its stars, is a broad, slapstick comedy. As the Stooges have proved over time, laughter is a universal medicine. The nuns that Mr. Donohue alludes to, are in fact, caring, heroic characters in the movie, albeit within the framework of a very broad comedy. And as far as the nun attire, I think we did the audience a favour by letting Kate Upton wear the nun-kini rather than Larry David – it could have gone either way. We invite you to see the movie and decide for yourselves.”
The Three Stooges is already in Cinema’s in the America, the world wide release is being staged over the next 2 months, with the Australian release June 28 and Europe through July and August. The Farrelly brothers have obviously spent many nights with the Stooges, pop-corn by the pot full, on cold Sunday afternoons. Capturing the farce and slapstick along with the character, it has of course been updated for a new generation but it still has the Stooges style, wince inducing moments.