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.