133. 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

Baby steps

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Written by: Coline Serreau, James Orr
Starring: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson

While Leonard Nimoy is better known for his Stargate enterprise, his late eighties work as a director comes in the form of 3 Men and a Baby. And quite literally too as Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson play three roommates who get an unexpected call from a pooping, teething, crying baby.

As the title suggests

As an architect, artist and actor – Peter (Selleck), Michael (Guttenberg) and Jack (Danson) respectively –  live in the perfect New York penthouse, celebrating their carefree partying lives with a hallway that boasts their colorful lives with a personally drawn mural. But when Jack is called to Turkey to shoot a small TV movie, one of Jack’s past lovers delivers a rather unexpected package. While Peter and Michael quickly learn to become step-in dads until Jack returns, they soon realize that another package of heroin sent by Jack’s director was supposed to be left in their care.

The plot of 3 Men and a Baby is as predictable and lazy as the title. The characters are simple, there aren’t many surprises and the ending is conveniently wrapped up in a neat little package. Nevertheless, 3 Men and a Baby has a cute enough baby lead and plenty of AWWW montages to keep us amused. The three men in question also take on distinct and entertaining characters – who despite their two-dimensionality don’t really need any more depth than what is needed for the plot. Well cast, sweet and as straightforward as your ABCs, this comedy is as easy to digest as baby food.


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