Meet Peter (Tom Selleck), Michael (Steve Guttenburg) and Jack (Ted Danson). They’re a trio of bachelors who live together in a loft in New York City. Their days are spent partying and dating an array of women. While Jack, an actor, is away shooting a movie in Turkey, Michael and Peter are less than pleased to discover a baby girl in a cot, along with a note from Sylvia (Nancy Travis), a British woman with whom Jack had a short-lived fling with almost two years ago, where she asks Jack to take care of the baby, Mary (Lisa and Michelle Blair), as she can’t cope with being a single mother.
Naturally, Peter and Michael struggle to take care of a baby at first, which inevitably leads to several failed attempts at diaper changing, among other incidents. When Jack returns home early, the other men force him to spend time with Mary. Meanwhile, the men must deal with two drug dealers (who they had earlier thought had come to collect Mary, not realizing that the dealers were looking for a package of drugs- I know, it’s kind of complicated), as well as Sylvia, when she finally returns to take Mary back to England with her. But will the three men be able to part from the baby they’ve come to grow rather fond of?
“Three Men and a Baby” was a 1987 remake of a 1985 French movie, “Trois Hommes et un Couffin”.The late Leonard Nimoy directed the American remake (yes, the very same Leonard Nimoy known to most of us as “Spock” from “Star Trek”). Even though the premise of the movie sounds a little too simplistic and overdone, the three male leads make it work. One of my favourite scenes in the movie is when the three men sing a touching rendition of “Goodnight, Sweetheart” to Mary as a lullaby in order to send her to sleep. In fact, I loved seeing Tom Selleck as a sensitive, doting father figure, especially since he’s known for his more tough guy roles, such as “Magnum P.I”, well, at least until he appeared as Monica’s amicable older boyfriend Richard in “Friends”.
While I did like this movie very much, I didn’t really care for the drug dealer subplot, as it distracts from the main plot with Mary. At times when I was watching the movie, it felt like I was watching another movie, as that’s how out of place it seemed to me. In fact, the movie appears to agree with me, as it wraps up that plot with half an hour left in the running time!
That being said, the movie is still very moving and entertaining, and Danson, Guttenburg and Selleck work well together. They all returned in 1990 for the sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady”, which is just as good as this movie, and there’s talk of a third film in the works, “Three Men and a Bride”. I’d recommend “Three Men and a Baby” to everyone of all age, and I give this movie three and a half stars out of five.