Parents' Guide to

The Three Stooges

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stooge tribute amuses despite violence, some iffy stuff.

Movie PG 2012 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 16+


I found some of the material highly inappropriate for a young audience. I am confused by the rating of this movie and needless to say, I was surprised when I watched this film with my six year old son. We did not make it through the entire film. It was a waste of money and I was very disappointed. Also, despite what the original review says, there are references to alcohol. A man is put to sleep with an unknown substance, social drinking is portrayed, a cigar is used as a prop, and at least two product placements for beer are included. Also, infants are used as human squirt guns and an infant is kicked across the floor of a nursery.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 11+

Very disappointed in plot about cheating family movie

I was VERY disappointed in a few of the scenes of this movie. A large part of the plot is a woman wanting them to kill her husband (implied that she is with this other man) for money. They may make it comical but they couldn't come up with a more family friendly plot for the Three Stooges than that? For a PG movie I didn't expect infidelity and murder for hire in the movie even if it is a joke. Our kids are not stupid and clearly pick up on that even if it isn't explained in detail. And for much of the movie the actress has her chest shoved up and in sexy outfit, and shots like the rat going in her chest. I expect this stuff in other movies but I just really didn't expect it in this movie. And the final straw was the Nun in a sexy/skimpy swimsuit with her chest busting out. I was offended by that and thought that crossed the line. Overall the movie was kind of funny and okay and not the worst ever. But I am still just so surprised at the choices of plots for what we expected to be the corny 3 Stooges. Research says that even younger teens should not be exposed to this type of sexualization of women. Boys and girls both get improper views of the opposite sex with some of this content that gets put in PG movies that does not contribute anything to it. At least don't put this stuff in movies that are not marketed as such. I way prefer something like PG13 Harry Potter for my kids compared to junk like this.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (44):

Written and directed by die-hard Three Stooges fans Bobby and Peter Farrelly, THE THREE STOOGES is both loving and peculiar. The cast members emulate the famous 1930s-era comedians perfectly, catching their rhythms, tones, and mannerisms with amazing accuracy. And in copying the very primal combination of wordplay and slapstick, they generate some genuine laughs.

But the movie has mixed messages. Though the Stooges are shown to be "pure of heart," they agree to murder a man for money (even though the man is said to be terminally ill and the money will go to save the orphanage). And though their violence is usually reserved for each other, sometimes other characters suffer directly or indirectly from their antics. Overall, The Three Stooges has a few misplaced scenes, such as a battle with peeing babies, but the Farrellys keep this movie more focused and less bloated than some of their other efforts.

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