The Three Stooges Movie Story Structure


While shooting down some recent casting rumors, The Three Stooges co-writer/co-director Peter Farrelly revealed more details about how the film’s story will be structured.

He said that you’ll be seeing the Moe, Larry and Curly you know on-screen. “They’re going to look the same, dress the same, sound the same, act the same, with the same sound effects.”

While it was know the movie will be divided up into three acts, Farrelly talked more about each part.

Most of it will be set in the present day, except for the first act, which begins 40 years ago. “A car whips by an orphanage, throws a duffel bag out its window and keeps going,” Farrelly says. “A nun sees the duffel and opens it up, and a little baby hand comes out and — Boink! — hits her in the eye. So that first episode is them growing up in the orphanage.”

The second act picks up with them as adults, in their early 40s, leaving the orphanage and heading out on the road together. After various misadventures, the trio splits up and the third act starts with them alone — and finding that all the slapping, eye-gouging, and head-bonking isn’t a useful way of dealing with the outside world.

“Suddenly, when Moe hits somebody he doesn’t know, that’s assault and battery,” Farrelly says, laughing.

Farrelly added that they are shooting for a PG rating, keeping the “violence” cartoony.