Movie Club: Three Men And A Baby

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  1. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE LATEST DISCUSSION THREAD OF THE NEW MOVIE CLUB. A big thanks to everyone that are joining us through all of this.

    This week we're back in the 1980s with the comedy Three Men And A Baby.

    Remember any ideas for films to discuss are most welcome, and should be made on the Movie Club Introduction thread (the sticky one), and anyone is welcome to add their thoughts about movies already discussed on their respective threads.

    Just a friendly reminder to everyone that, whilst fans are obviously welcome to passionately discuss and give their views on these movies, please remember to keep things on a friendly footing and respect your fellow posters.
    Also, please do not post where or how to find the full movie online. And do not post asking others to PM it to you. You are however allowed to watch the movie in whatever manner you want.
  2. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    @LiamABC a very good choice.

    This is a charming film I always enjoyed. Although I must admit I preferred the sequel as I grew up seeing it more on TV.

    The plot is quite interesting and the characters are very likeable and it's funny watching them adapt to looking after the baby.

    One of my favourite scenes that always fascinated me was the start with the artwork being painted on the walls. Perhaps that played a part in my artistic profession.
    Coincidently my next commission is a mural on a garden shed. :)

    I like the way they catch the crooks at the end.

    My only nit pick with the film is that the end drags on a bit too long.

    Overall a very enjoyable film.

    I am somewhat surprised they haven't made another sequel yet called ''3 Men and a Woman''.

    There was a bit of an odd story surrounding this movie that there was a ghost seen in the background in a scene, but allegedly it was just a child of the workers or an extra in the wrong place.

    A bit unrelated but if they had made a live action Centurions movie back in the 80's Tom Selleck would have been perfect as Max Ray. I don't think Ted Danson or Steve Guttenberg would have been good choices for Ace McCloud or Jake Rockwell lol. ;) What do you think @Wilycub ?
  3. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    This is a film I'd only seen once before in my life, but enjoyed, and so I picked it for this week when seeing a friend on the way home from my weekly 15-mile walk and he happened to mention it.

    I first heard about this film by virtue of the fact of its being directed by Leonard Nimoy, he mentioned it in his autobiography "I Am Spock". He directed about half a dozen films in the 80s and 90s, and this was his first feature film as a director outside the world of Star Trek. Watching this makes me wonder why he didn't do more directing because this is a damn good film.

    When I read Nimoy's autobiography he mentioned the original French film that this was derived from, and how the original English script wasn't up to much for the sole reason that the writer of the French version was basically dictating the direct translation into English of her original French script.

    The plot is your typical 80s fish-out-of-water comedy drama type. Quite similar in some ways to K-9, the baby is left on their doorstep and the heroes initially resent it but gradually accept what's happened and even reach the point where they can't imagine her not being there. Also involved in both is a big drugs bust.

    The three leads are fun. Ted Danson is playing pretty much the same sort of character as he played in Cheers for over a decade (and indeed was still playing at the time the film was made). You can imagine something like this actually happening in Cheers, come to think of it. I don't know much about Tom Selleck but Steve Guttenberg is playing his part very much the same as he played Newton Crosby in Short Circuit.

    Also the moment that Selleck and Guttenberg realise that the package to be collected wasn't the baby but the small parcel that was handed to them very low-key. And it then takes another few minutes before it hits them that this means if the baby isn't the package to be collected, then they're stuck with it!

    A fun movie, and one I'm glad to have seen again. We'll do the sequel soon but not right away, as Doris Day is worth paying tribute to immediately.
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  4. The Drifter

    The Drifter Berbill

    Just recently re-watched Three Men and a Baby, for only the second time. Though, this is notably the first time I've seen the film in the correct Anamorphic Widescreen aspect ratio; the previous time I saw this was on the much older DVD, which was only in full-screen.

    Great movie! Very funny & touching. It was amusing how the three guys were completely clueless as to how to take care of a baby (at first), then they got extremely attached to her later - and didn't want her to leave.

    The apartment of the three room-mates was fantastic; very spacious, with simple but colorful artwork on the walls - it looked like the artist (Guttenberg) and the architect (Selleck) had a hand in building/painting/designing the space. The fact that these three mid-late 30's single guys all had a place together (instead of living alone) just emphasized the expensive NYC setting. I.e., though all three probably made decent money (maybe) & seemed to be established in their respective careers (maybe), the city is so incredibly expensive to live in that unless you're really well off, you probably can't afford to rent an apartment on your own. Though, very few single guys would live in an apartment that elaborate anyway.

    The storyline involving the case of a mistaken "package" was interesting, and gave the movie a more elaborate plot that it wouldn't have had otherwise - good writing here.

    One of my favorite scenes is when they're changing the diaper (or putting on the wrong diaper?!) and lift the baby up, who promptly miturcates all over her own feet - ha ha.

    I liked how the artwork on the walls changed at the end to include the mother of the baby & the baby, along with the three room-mates; nice design(s) here.

    I am definitely interested in seeing the French movie that TMAAB is based on at some point; it was released only two years earlier (1985) and the English-language title is Three Men and a Cradle.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
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