Three to Tango (1999)



Critic Consensus: A mediocre episode of Friends has more humor and less offensive gay jokes.

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In this romantic comedy of mistaken identity, Oscar Novak (Matthew Perry) and Peter Steinberg (Oliver Platt) are a pair of struggling but talented Chicago architects given the chance of a lifetime: Charles Newman (Dylan McDermott), an extremely wealthy business tycoon, is considering hiring them to design a multi-million dollar cultural center. However, Oscar and Peter aren't the only ones who've been asked to contribute ideas for the project; Decker and Strauss (John C. McGinley and Bob Balaban), two highly successful designers that Oscar and Peter used to work for, have also been approached by Newman, who thinks that a competition between the two teams would be good fun and good press. Oscar is determined to show his dedication to the job, so when Newman asks him to start keeping tabs on his girlfriend Amy (Neve Campbell), he's happy to oblige. Oscar proves a sad excuse for a private eye, and finds himself falling in love with the woman that he's supposed to trail. To complicate matters, Charles gave Oscar the assignment because he was sure that Oscar is gay, and he hasn't been shy about telling people; soon Amy is convinced, along with most of Chicago. And while Oscar doesn't want to upset Newman, he also doesn't want to start living a lie, especially one that would keep him away from the woman he loves. So when Oscar is named Chicago's Gay Professional of the Year, what's a (straight) guy to do? Three to Tango features such familiar TV faces as Matthew Perry from Friends, Neve Campbell from Party of Five, and Dylan McDermott from The Practice.
PG-13 (for sex-related situations and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Matthew Perry
as Oscar Novak
Neve Campbell
as Amy Post
Dylan McDermott
as Charles Newman
Oliver Platt
as Peter Steinberg
Cylk Cozart
as Kevin Cartwright
Bob Balaban
as Decker
Deborah Rush
as Lenore
Kelly Rowan
as Olivia Newman
Rick Gomez
as Rick
Kent Staines
as Gallery Owner
Ho Chow
as Cabbie
Michael Proudfoot
as Diner Waiter
Shaun Smyth
as Intern No. 1
Robin Brûlé
as Intern No. 2
Brett Heard
as Intern No. 3
Les Porter
as Peter's Friend No. 1
Andrew Dolha
as Peter's Friend No. 2
Ned Vukovic
as Peter's Friend No. 3
Keith Kemps
as Dinner Guest No. 1
Lowell Conrad
as Dinner Guest No. 2
Rumina Abadjieva
as Reception Guest
Lindsey Connell
as Newspaper Reporter
Katherine Steen
as Beautiful Girl
Steve Richard
as Weight Lifter
Ray Kahnert
as Jonas
Sven Van De Ven
as Meeting Leader
Glen Peloso
as Business Man
Barbara Gordon
as Jenny Novak
Roger Dunn
as Edward Novak
Marni Thompson
as Amy's Girlfriend No. 1
Deborah Pollitt
as Amy's Girlfriend No. 2
Anais Granofsky
as Amy's Girlfriend No. 3
Ed Sahely
as George
Tom Forrest
as Kissed Guy
Barbara Redecki
as TV Reporter
Shemekia Copeland
as Blues Singer
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Critic Reviews for Three to Tango

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (20)

Dismayingly predictable and rote.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A gay-cliche parade utterly lacking in rhythm, style or drollery.

December 31, 1999
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic


Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Inept, unfunny, and so brimming with bad ideas it's a wonder it wasn't manufactured by mandrills rather than adult humans.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Three to Tango trips early and never gets up off the floor.

December 31, 1999
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Three to Tango isn't a waste of time, it's just a middling affair, which would have been better as NBC's 'Romantic Comedy Movie of the Week'.

December 31, 1999
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Three to Tango

I liked this one and I thought the cast was great. Oliver Platt was awesome in this role and he played off well with the others. It was a simple story but the actors made you care about what was going to happen.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Three's a crowd! Rom com love triangle.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


A very funny and like-able rom-com

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

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