Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Farce  |   Release Date - Nov 25, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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One of the many American remakes of French comedies that populated multiplexes in the late eighties, Three Men and a Baby sets up a standard sitcom situation then trades on the star power of its cast to make it work. While the men's inability to immediately grasp the subtleties of parenting makes for easy laughs, it is their interaction with one another that gives the film the energy that helped make it a smash hit. The film has a 1940's feel to it, and it is not difficult to imagine Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Danny Kaye doing this material in black and white. There is nothing original in the film, but the actors are comfortable with this material and they sell it like the professionals they are. The movie became one of the most successful home videos in history, partially due to an urban legend about the appearance of a ghost in the film.