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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 91m 38s

Release date 22/08/2012

BBFCInsight Contains dangerous behaviour, but in a slapstick context

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Bobby Farrelly,Peter Farrelly

Cast includes Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE THREE STOOGES is a comedy film in which three friends - Larry, Curly and Moe - attempt to raise money to save the orphanage in which they were raised. The film was classified 'PG' for dangerous behaviour which appears in a slapstick context.

Throughout the film the characters of Larry, Curly and Moe are repeatedly involved in slapstick scenes in which they inflict comical violence on each other or have comical accidents. They are frequently seen to slap each other round the face, poke each other in the eyes, hit others on the head with a collection of items including hammers and chainsaws, or fall off buildings. Their behaviour also leads to other characters being hit by buses, falling under road sweepers or being attacked by lions. All these moments are portrayed in a cartoonish, over the top, slapstick manner and no-one comes to any serious harm. At the end of the film, but before the end credits, there is a also a short message from the film makers showing how the slapstick scenes were achieved. They point out that items such as the hammers are made of rubber and that it would be very dangerous to copy anything shown on screen. They also demonstrate that the occasional 'eye poking' is simulated and should not be copied. The moments of slapstick humour accord with the BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' which state there should be 'No detail of potentially dangerous behaviour which young children are likely to copy'.

The film also contains some mild crude humour with jokes about 'boogers' and breaking wind. There are some mild sex references as a woman's curvaceous figure is admired by the men and her breast is heard to make a comic car horn sound when a man comically stand on it while getting help to climb over a wall.

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Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a '12A' certificate but that their preferred 'PG' classification could be achieved by making cuts in five sequences. These were to remove four sequences showing everyday objects being used in a potentially dangerous manner that young children may copy (a vegetable peeler used on a man's head, a cheese grater used on a man's foot, hair tongs used on a woman's tongue and a man's head in a microwave) and a line of dialogue about teaching children to play with matches. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, the recommended cuts had been made and the film was classified 'PG'.


20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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