Movie Review – ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

As I reviewed ‘Three Men and a Baby’ recently, it’s only fair to check out the sequel to the film called ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’. I enjoyed watching this film on Disney+ with my parents recently. It’s not as good as the first film, but it’s certainly pretty entertaining with a good storyline. 🙂

‘Three Men and a Little Lady’ was released in 1990, three years after the first film was made. It features the return of Tom Selleck as Peter, Steve Guttenberg as Michael and Ten Danson as Jack. Sadly, the late Leonard Nimoy didn’t return to direct the second film after he directed the first film.

Instead, the film is directed by Emile Ardolino, who I think does a good job in directing the sequel. The film also has Nancy Travis as Sylvia Bennington who appeared at the end of the first film. She gets more screen-time in this film and a pivotal role which concerns the future of her daughter Mary.

Robin Weisman plays Mary, the little girl whom Peter, Michael, Jack and Sylvia look after for five years since the end of the first film. It was fascinating to see how Peter, Michael, Jack and Sylvia look after Mary and how they seem to be a happy family for a while until the film’s plot thickens later on.

In the film, Sylvia is dating Christopher Cazenove as Edward Hargreave who is a theatre director. Edward wishes to marry Sylvia and invites her to partake in his latest production of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. But it would mean having to take Mary to England and leave her three dads in New York. 😦

It’s also interesting how the film focuses on Peter having feelings for Sylvia as it’s eventually revealed that he loves her. Peter struggles to admit his feelings to Sylvia, which does cause Sylvia to take Mary to England. Peter and his friends Michael and Jack have to find a way to stop Sylvia marrying Edward.

The film’s cast also includes Fiona Shaw as Miss Elspeth Lomax, who is the headmistress of Pileforth Academy of Girls. I did find Miss Lomax to be a bit over-the-top at times, especially when she sets her sights on Peter after Edward misleads her into thinking that Peter has the ‘hots’ for her in the film.

There’s also John Boswall as Barrow, Edward’s butler. Like Lomax, Barrow can be a little over-the-top at times, especially when he’s playing a game with Mary in Edward’s big house in England. Barrow gets to give Sylvia away at the wedding, but he doesn’t sit down once he’s led her down the aisle. 😀

And there’s Sheila Hancock as Vera Bennington, Sylvia’s mother. Shelia Hancock is a pretty well-known actress and I saw her recently in ‘The Moon-Spinners’. She’s also been in the ‘Doctor Who’ adventure called ‘The Happiness Patrol’ with Sylvester McCoy. Vera doesn’t like Sylvia’s ‘three men’.

It was nice to have the film move away from the busyness of New York in America to the quiet countryside atmosphere of England in the UK. The filmmakers must have had a bigger budget in order to film aboard from America and probably due to ‘Three Men and a Baby’s financial success. 🙂

The wedding ceremony was also entertaining to watch, especially with Ted Danson’s performance, as Jack dresses up as an old vicar to marry Sylvia and Edward. I knew it was Ted Danson under all that make-up and it’s pretty hilarious that nobody else noticed that Jack had false old man make-up on. 🙂

‘Three Men and a Little Lady’ has been an enjoyable sequel to ‘Three Men and a Baby’. I don’t think this film gets as much attention compared to the first film. It seems to be underrated. There was meant to be a third film called ‘Three Men and a Bride’. Sadly that never materialised. Shame that. 😦

Apparently, a remake of ‘Three Men and a Baby’ is on its way to Disney+ with Zac Efron in it. Hmm!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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