The films televised were "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules," "The Three Stooges in Orbit," and "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze." Obviously the Stooges were not going to let anyone miss the fact that they were in these movies.
"Curly" Joe DeRita now was part of the team. Through some smart maneuvers (again, alluded to in the biopic), Moe held on to the "ownership" of the Three Stooges team and that's why his family have been able to maintain and protect the Stooges' presence in pop culture so long. From their new TV exposure, they were doing club appearances, tours and TV, really capitalizing on this second act of their careers.
"Hercules" was their biggest grosser and I can see why. The movie looks good. Sure, there's a lot of stock footage of Greek times and battles, but the sets are impressive. And Hercules movies were all the rage back then, so I can see why that would be the plot. It's a time travel movie, where the Stooges help a wacky scientist who invented a time machine. They wind up in ancient Greece and come upon Hercules working for the bad guys, but the Stooges fix that. The one thing about these guys is you are surprised you actually get to the ending because they simply wreck everything they touch. I can see why it's tricky to advance a plot when your leads are knuckleheads.
The slapstick still contains a lot of slapping. And punching and various assaults with various objects, but little eye-poking, which apparently was a problem. It's told that kids were really poking each other in the eyes after watching the shorts on TV, so they dropped it from the new projects. They even joke about it in "Daze" when some imitators do it and Moe has to admonish them to stop, saying they "don't do that any more."
They break the movie into "sections" with each new section mimicking the opening credit card for different eras of Stooge shorts. The movie takes place in "present" time, so it's weird watching them make jokes about iPhones and reality shows (although watching Moe abuse the cast of "Jersey Shore" is oddly satisfying). There's just something very 1930s & 40s about the Stooges. I remember thinking the same when I saw another 1960s Stooge feature years ago, "Outlaws is Coming," and they make a joke about the Beatles.
The plot is both familiar and dark; the boys have to raise money to save an orphanage so they take a job to kill a woman's husband. Also, there are more fart jokes than a traditional Three Stooges film. The trio did all the classic moves, then choreographed some major upgrades to the knock-about routines but then jammed everything into the standard Hollywood story-telling character arc template and tried to add a little pathos, which is not a Stooge thing at all.
I saw the movie when it first came out (my wife lost a bet). I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Re-watching it made me appreciate it more, but not love it more.
All in all, I give all the movies two thumb gouges in the eye!