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TWS: Villain-Approved Reading Material!

8:41 AM, Apr 16, 2012 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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How do you indicate a character in a film is a villain? In these politically correct times, you can't just note he comes from a country whose leaders have declared "Death to America." It wouldn't work simply to make him a capitalist: Steve Jobs, who made pretty things, is different from Jeff Bezos, after all. And you certainly can't show him smoking -- not if you want to keep that PG rating.

The Farrelly Brothers have the answer: Show him -- sorry, her -- reading a copy of THE WEEKLY STANDARD!

That's a still from the top-grossing new movie this weekend, The Three Stooges. (It came in second at the box office. But what could beat the pop culture phenomenon The Hunger Games?)

Teddy (played by Kirby Heyborne) and his wife, Lydia (Sofia Vergara), are sharing some quality time in bed. Quality time with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, that is. The character played by Modern Family star Vergara, who just happens to have one child, is reading the issue whose cover features senior writer Jonathan V. Last's piece on "America's One-Child Policy." (Perhaps her next film will have her reading Last's upcoming book on fertility and demographics, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.)

Sofia Vergara's character is the villainess of the film. But I should mention (as if I have to) that the curvaceous Colombian actress is too beautiful to hate -- even if she does want Moe, Larry, and Curly to kill her rich husband.

You can read my review of The Three Stooges in the Washington Examiner. (I didn't let the conspicuous placement of the magazine for which I work influence my opinion of the film.)

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