3 Men and a Baby is about as slight a feature comedy as is made - while at the same time it's hard to resist Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg shamelessly going goo-goo over caring for an infant baby girl all swaddled in pink.

3 Men and a Baby is about as slight a feature comedy as is made – while at the same time it’s hard to resist Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg shamelessly going goo-goo over caring for an infant baby girl all swaddled in pink.

This is an Americanized version of the 1985 French sleeper hit 3 hommes et un couffin and parallels the original’s storyline almost exactly.

The lives of three confirmed bachelors – the studly sort who live, play and scheme on voluptuous women together – is thrown into confusion when a baby is left at their front door. As it happens, actor and suspected father of the infant (Danson) is conveniently out of town on a shoot, leaving architect and super pushover Peter (Selleck) and cartoonist Michael (Guttenberg) all in a quandary what to do with the precious little thing.

Big macho men tripping all over themselves trying to successfully feed, diaper and bathe a bundle of innocence and helplessness is ripe for comic development, and it certainly helps that these three are having a blast seeing it through.

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

3 Men and a Baby

Production

Touchstone/Interscope. Director Leonard Nimoy; Producer Ted Field, Robert W. Cort; Screenplay James Orr, Jim Cruickshank; Camera Adam Greenberg; Editor Michael A. Stevenson; Music Marvin Hamlisch; Art Director Peter Larkin

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Tom Selleck Steve Guttenberg Ted Danson Nancy Travis Margaret Colin Celeste Holm

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