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2.59

Awesome: 11.76%
Worth A Look: 11.76%
Average: 11.76%
Pretty Bad52.94%
Total Crap: 11.76%

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3 Men and a Little Lady
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by MP Bartley

"No sequel required"
2 stars

There are a lot of films that, for whatever reason, do not require a sequel. 'Taxi Driver', 'Ali', 'Gigli', 'Apocalypse Now' would all be examples of this. Another example would be the perfectly nice and charming 'Three Men and a Baby'. But they made a sequel anyway.

Sigh. So whereas the original had a lightness of touch and a sweet charm to it, this has neither. Ted Danson, Steve Guttenburg and Tom Selleck all return as the carefree bachelors who are Mary's surrogate fathers, but the characters just aren't as likeable as they were before.

Now, instead of being likeable, affable guys, they're boorish and grating. And the film comes across as desperately dated in the moments when it tries to be at its most hip and modern. So, when in the first you had the trio sing a lullaby to baby Mary to get her to sleep, here you have the trio perform a rap song. And yes, a rap song featuring Steve Guttenburg is as bad as it sounds.

The first film had a great deal of charm to it because babies can't help but be naturally charming. They can't act, so they don't know how to do anything else. But here, Mary has turned into an annoyingly precocious five year old.

But it becomes even more annoying when the action shifts to England, as Mary's mother prepares to marry an English theatre director. And being English he's obviously a repressed, child beating idiot who lives in a mansion with his senile manservant and flips out about the correct way to drink tea. Cue lots of jokes about driving on the wrong side of the road and the repressed sexuality of English women.

Do you know there's actually some English people who DON'T live in mansions and who DON'T send their kids to public schools and who are actually really quite nice? Do you know what they call these English people? The vast majority of the population.

It's a sign of how tired the material is here, that the climax is actually one of those 'race-to-get-to-the-church-on-time' endings, that you can't quite believe are real. But sadly, they are real, and even more sadly, they still get used today.

So despite some good work from Ted Danson at the end, as he finally puts his acting skills to good use, the deadening stench of cliche and formula overwhelms everything else.

If I were a lecturer in script-writing, this is how I would tell my class to craft a terrible sequel: " Take a film that didn't require a sequel anyway, take everything that was good about it away and replace it with cliched, borderline offensive jokes. There you have it - awful sequel. Piece of evidence number one: 'Three Men and a Little Lady'".

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originally posted: 06/24/05 00:33:48
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User Comments

10/01/09 Sugarfoot Annoying sequel...that, as luck would have it, my wife likes. 1 stars
2/18/08 Pamela White 3 men do a wonderful job with raising the lady 4 stars
4/01/07 steven Cliched yes.But who cares.Very funny.The cast are what make it so awesome. 4 stars
2/06/07 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
8/31/06 ashley plot is overused alright, but it's entertaining and don't mind watching it free on cable tv 3 stars
5/22/06 c Hilarious In Places. Love All Three Men. 5 stars
2/10/06 JM Synth Terrible, but I didn't stop watching. Usual Brit stereotypes (in 1990!!!) 2 stars
11/24/05 ade This movie truely showcases the man the legend steve guttenburg. Genious 5 stars
7/03/05 Jay Norris Cute, yet pedantic. I agree, "No sequel required." 2 stars
7/21/04 Jack Sommersby Lacks the charm and bounce of the original, though Selleck's always worth waching. 2 stars
7/21/04 tatum Terrible, I hated all the characters I liked in the first one 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  21-Nov-1990 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Jul-2003

UK
  21-Jan-1991 (PG)

Australia
  21-Jan-1991 (PG)




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