Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Three Stooges

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What’s it about?

Larry, Moe and Curly were dumped on the doorstep of an orphanage as babies, and remain there for 35 years.  They become inseparable and even when Moe was almost adopted at the age of 10, he wouldn’t leave without his friends. The three always cause trouble wherever they go and constantly fight, kick and punch each other. They eventually find out that the orphanage is running out of money and so they decide to head to the city to try and raise some money to keep it going. This lands them in trouble again as they nearly get hired to kill someone.

What to look out for

There’s a lot of slapstick violence right throughout the movie done for laughs, such as punching, kicking and eye gouging also:

  • A lot of name calling such as ‘moron’ and ‘lame brain’.
  • Some fish are hurt when the Stooges throw a live lobster and an octopus across the room and a dolphin is squeezed hard to get it to cough up a peanut. Also a chained lion is hit by a man.
  • Some danger scenes such as when the Stooges accidentally bump a man who then falls under a speeding bus and is dragged along for several metres.

Moral of the Story

The Three Stooges work and stick together to solve their problems and really don’t mean any harm to anyone but the way they do things always involves someone getting hurt. It is done in a funny way but it’s good to remember that in real life these actions would cause someone a lot of harm.

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