Movie Review – ‘Three Men and a Baby’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I saw the 1987 comedy film ‘Three Men and a Baby’ on Disney+ recently! And would you believe it? It’s directed by the late Leonard Nimoy! Yes! Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock in the original ‘Star Trek’ series directs this comedy film about three grown men looking after a baby girl. 🙂

Wow! This is miles apart from when Leonard Nimoy directed ‘Star Trek III: The Search For Spock’ and ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’. Mind you, you could argue he directed comedy somewhat in ‘Star Trek IV’. It’s interesting that this happens to be his third directorial following his two ‘Star Trek’ films.

The film has Tom Selleck as Peter Mitchell, Steve Guttenberg as Michael Kellam and Ted Danson as Jack Holden. Yes! Ted Danson (who is very well-known for playing Sam ‘Mayday’ Malone in ‘Cheers’) appears in this film. It was great to see him and in something quite different compared to ‘Cheers’. 🙂

In the film, Peter, Michael and Jack are three bachelors who attempt to adapt their lives to de facto fatherhood with the arrival of the love child of one of the gents’ past flames. And for your information, it’s Ted Danson’s character Jack who is the father of the child. This was amusing to see.

In fact, Peter and Michael are the ones fathering the child for a while before Jack’s character turns up as he happens to be an actor appearing in commercials. Peter is an architect and Michael is a satirist. I actually do like how Ted Danson’s character ends up loving the little baby girl called Mary. 🙂

It’s a struggle for Peter and Michael to get used to fathering the little baby girl, but they come to love Mary too. The comedic antics for the three grown men in handling the child are funny to enjoy, especially when they have to change the baby’s nappies; feed her; and get her to stop crying a lot. 🙂

This film is certainly different from what ‘Baby’s Day Out’ is like. I’m not saying I prefer ‘Three Men and a Baby’ over ‘Baby’s Day Out’, but it was fun to watch and it has a heartwarming story. The film became a success in America and it even spawned its sequel ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’ in 1990. 🙂

The baby Mary is played by Lisa and Michelle Blair. There’s also Margaret Colin as Rebecca, Peter’s girlfriend. I thought it was unfair of Rebecca to walk out on Peter and not help him look after the baby. She was about to go out with somebody else. Peter and Rebecca kept seeing each other mind.

There’s also Celeste Holm as Mrs. Holden, Jack’s mother, who appears in one scene of the film, but it’s a nice scene where she gives words of wisdom to Jack on how to raise his little girl Mary. There’s also Nancy Travis as Sylvia Bennington, the mother of little baby Mary as well as Jack’s former flame.

There’s another subplot that goes on in the film involving drug smuggling (heroin, I believe). I don’t quite understand why Jack became involved with that whilst he was appearing in commercials. I don’t think the drug smuggling subplot was as interesting as the three men looking after the baby. 😐

The film also features Alexandra Amini as Patty, Philip Bosco as Sgt. Melkowitz, Paul Guilfoyle as Vince and Earl Hindman as Satch. The performances of the cast are very enjoyable. I like how the balance of comedy and drama is made. It’s often how comedy works as played with a straight face. 🙂

‘Three Men and a Baby’ has been fun to watch on Disney+ lately. I have heard this film talked about in the past and I’m glad I’ve seen it, especially with Ted Danson from ‘Cheers’ being in it and Leonard Nimoy being the director of it. Wait and see whether I will watch ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’ next!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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