Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987)

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Critic Consensus: The American remake of the popular French comedy mostly works a charm under the combined talents of the three leads, who play nicely against type -- although forced plot elements and sentimentality at times dampen the fun.

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Three Men and a Baby is an Americanized remake of the 1985 French comedy hit Three Men and a Cradle. Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg play three upwardly mobile New York bachelors who share an apartment. Their even-keel lifestyle is thrown out of whack when a young woman leaves a baby on their doorstep, suspecting that film director Danson is the father. The balance of the film is devoted to milking as much humor as possible out of the situation of three urbane young men trying to play nursemaid with nary a clue of what they're doing (at one point, a desperate Selleck offers Guttenberg a thousand dollars if Guttenberg will change a diaper). A subplot involving drug dealers is thrown in to sustain audience interest after our trio of heroes become accustomed to a baby around the apartment. "Urban legend" aficionados please note: That cardboard cutout of Ted Danson briefly glimpsed in one scene of Three Men and a Baby is not the ghost of a little boy who died in the bachelors' apartment before filming started.

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Cast

Tom Selleck
as Peter Mitchell
Ted Danson
as Jack Holden
Steve Guttenberg
as Michael Kellam
Celeste Holm
as Mrs. Holden
Lisa Blair
as Mary Bennington
Michelle Blair
as Mary Bennington
Philip Bosco
as Det. Sgt. Melkowitz
Derek de Lint
as Jan Clopatz
Francine Beers
as Woman at Gift Shop
Barbara Budd
as Actress
Michael Burgess
as Handsome Man at Party
Eugene Clark
as Man #1 at Party
David Ferry
as Telephone Installer
Dave Foley
as Grocery Store Clerk
Cynthia Harris
as Mrs. Hathaway
Mario Joyner
as Cab Driver
Edward D. Murphy
as Security Guard
Jaqueline Murphy
as Gate Attendant
Colin Quinn
as Gift Shop Clerk
Thomas Quinn
as Mounted Policeman
John Gould Rubin
as Paul Milner
Daniele Scott
as Swimming Instructor
Christine Kossak
as One of Jack's Girls
Gary Howard Klar
as Detective #1
Joe Lynn
as Detective #2
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Critic Reviews for Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

The film works well despite its predictability, perhaps because of it.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It has the likability of the first movie. The people who made it have carried over much of the original's weightless, sweet-tempered flavor.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As a sometime actor, Nimoy understands how to get good performances from the members of his cast.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It would be a better movie if everyone involved had concentrated on making the behavior of the three heroes more believable.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Film is a good showcase for the comic abilities of this threesome, all of whom seem to have their one-liner timing down pat.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

It is shamelessly sentimental, and could well send the hardboiled home to kick the cat.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby)

½

Some forced elements to give a action form to the remake together with an unnecessary silliness, Leonard Nimoy's comedy have a likable stars, sweet and interesting scenes.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A silly movie, a little stupid at times, but it's got a good cast and it's pretty funny most of the time too. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

A warm gentle comedy about three bachelors trying to raise a baby - a situation that naturally promises a lot of funny scenarios. A timeless classic.

Sajin P A
Sajin P A

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