Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Movie Review: "Three Men and a Baby" (1987)

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Movie"Three Men and a Baby"
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Year: 1987
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Three bachelors have their world turned upside down when a baby is left on their doorstep. Matters get worse when they are also sent a package narcotics getting them stuck between a pair of drug dealers and the police.

"Three Men and A Baby" is directed by Leonard Nimoy, yes, that Leonard Nimoy, and is an American adaptation of the Oscar nominated French film "Trois Hommes et un Couffin." It stars three 80's favorites in Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg who play Peter, an architect, Jack, an actor, and Michael, a cartoonist. These three bachelors share a high-rise Manhattan penthouse and live a pretty wild and loose lifestyle. While Jack is off in Turkey shooting a film, he tells his roommates a friend of his is sending a package to their home and asks if they can hold it until his friends send someone to pick it up. When a baby shows up on the doorstep for Jack, they assume this is the package. It is not until later they realize their building manager signed for the actual package which, unbeknownst to them, is full of drugs. This creates a zany mess where these three unattached, partying men not only have to learn to care for a baby, but must deal with a pair of drug dealers and some narcotics officers looking to make a bust.

The vast majority of the laughs in "Three Men and a Baby" come from watching three grown men fumbling and bumbling their way through a couple of days/weeks worth of time as they try and learn how to take care of a baby girl. They have to endure the typical troubles that come with a baby, including diaper changes, feedings, finding someone to watch her so they can go on with their lives and their parties, as well as the eventual love they come to have for this child over time as she wins them over with her pooping and crying. The interactions between these three men and the baby are by far the best parts of the film. The whole drug problem seems a little unnecessary and is just there to give them something else to do and to give them more chaos added on top of their already tumultuous experiences with a very small baby. Nimoy and company probably could have focused entirely on the learning curve of parenthood and made a solid movie anyway regardless of the narcotics situation. Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Tom Selleck have great chemistry with one another, and when you bring the kid into it, well, all of them turn to mush as they fall in love with her as any doting "parent" would. Each actor brings their own brand of humor into this film, which combines to make a fun, charming story full of solid performances, some great, wacky situations, and an endearing tale of men become grown-ups.

My Rating: 7.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!
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