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Three Men and a Baby

2 Ratings: -1.0
A movie directed by Leonard Nimoy

A remake of the hit French comedy "Trois Hommes et un Couffin" ("Three Men and a Cradle") about a trio of confirmed bachelors who unexpectedly discover the joys of fatherhood when a baby is left on their doorstep. The three men -- … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Comedies
Cast: Ted Danson
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Release Date: 1988
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Three Men and a Baby

Three Men Charmed by a Baby (lemon_lime's Third Time's a Charm W/O)

  • Jan 12, 2003
Rating:
+3
Pros: Steve Guttenberg and baby Mary are adorable

Cons: silly drug subplot, a bit clichéd

The Bottom Line: Awww, aren't men silly? Don't laugh, but... I think I have a retroactive crush on Steve Guttenberg circa 1987.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Peter (Tom Selleck), Jack (Ted Danson), and Michael (Steve Guttenberg) live together in the world's greatest bachelor pad, an enormous penthouse in Manhattan. They are each successful in their career fields and equally successful with the ladies, except for Michael, despite the fact that I think he is the cutest. While Jack and Peter "need a personal secretary" to keep track of all their dates and flings, Michael seems to be cursed as the sensitive one who can save women's failing relationships.

The film starts by showing Michael, a cartoonist, painting their luxurious flat with pictures of the three roommates, the Rockettes, etc., all in cheesy '80s colors. Peter is an architect and has designed the whole place, along with several skyscrapers. Jack is an irresponsible actor who gets the rest of the guys in trouble. He considers himself a serious thespian, but his biggest roles have been in television commercials. However, he takes himself very seriously, asking an agent at a party, "Do you think I'm overexposed?"

To celebrate their new, gorgeous apartment, the guys throw a lavish party. At the party, a sleezy friend of Jack's asks him if he can have a package delivered to the three men's place. "It's a delicate matter, so don't tell anyone about it," he says. Jack leaves New York to shoot a movie in Turkey and informs his flatmates about the package. On the appointed day, Peter returns from jogging (horrendously short shorts abound in this film, and it's not a pretty sight even on otherwise attractive men) and finds something that couldn't have been delivered by FedEx-- a baby. Conveniently, the men have an entire floor to themselves, so it's safe to leave the baby in the hall, but it's not explained how a woman with a baby basket would be allowed upstairs past the security at the front desk. In this film, you have to suspend disbelief and just think of it as "cute."

Inside the baby's basket is a note from the mother (Sylvia, played by Nancy Travis) saying that she can't take care of Mary at the moment and that the baby is Jack's. Peter and Michael are understandably angry at Jack and think that the baby is the "package" he has mentioned.

Neither Peter nor Michael have any idea how to care for a baby, but Peter runs out to buy supplies while Michael (he always gets the raw deal... aww...) stays at home with Mary. From here, it's a series of jokes about how men don't know how to take care of babies. A woman who works in their building arrives on the scene and fawns over the baby. When she picks Mary up, the baby finally stops crying.

However, this film is not just another men-are-so-clueless pieces (as in The Simpsons or Married With Children). The men slowly begin to really love and care about Mary. Peter takes time to read books about childcare including the famous one by Dr. Benjamin Spock, a funny detail since the film is directed by Leonard Nimoy. I can't think about him directing because it makes me laugh, so that's all I say on the subject. OK, one more thing: near the end, Michael paints a portrait of the baby that has rather Spock-like ears.

As the filmmakers realized that jokes about soiling the couch and peeing on Tom Selleck aren't enough, they add a silly subplot about drugs, which lacks any suspense whatsoever. The real package that was delivered to the bachelor pad goes unnoticed as Peter and Michael are so pre-occupied with the baby. So, when the drug-dealers arrive to pick it up, they hand over the baby instead. This plot is unrealistic and silly, as the drug dealers are more air-headed than malicious. Conveniently, Michael and Peter encounter the most non-threatening criminals of all time. This is a PG film, afterall.

I saw this film with my grandmother (the world's biggest Tom Selleck fan) when I was six or seven years old and really liked it then. Watching it again for this write-off, I still laughed at the inept guys and "ooh"ed and "ah"ed over the adorable baby. The men are really cute, as well, especially when Jack returns to the scene and they sing 1950s doo-wop to put the baby to sleep. This film is appropriate for children, but adults who are not put off by cheesy, '80s chick flicks may like it, as well.

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This review was written as part of a write-off organized by lemon_lime in honor of his three year Epinions anniversary. Participants were to write about a film that was either the third in a series or had the number three in the title.

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Recommended:
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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