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Three Men and a Little Lady

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Three Men and a Little Lady

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
104 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/21/90
performer:
Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck, Robin Weisman, Fiona Shaw, Nancy Travis
director:
Emile Ardolino
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
genre:
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a C

Watching this limp sequel, Three Man and a Little Lady, to the 1989 comedy hit Three Men and a Baby brings to mind Bob Goldthwaite’s joke about why he’d agreed to appear in Police Academy 6: ”Because,” he deadpanned, ”there were so many questions left dangling from Police Academy 5.” In that tongue-in-cheek spirit, you might possibly enjoy director Emile Ardolino’s follow-up; otherwise, it should strike you as somewhere between superfluous and insufferably cute. The dangling questions resolved here include: Will the baby of the first film (now a preternaturally mature 5-year-old) get a proper nuclear family? Will any of the titular men finally chuck their swinging bachelor status? Will the three principals ever stop mugging to the camera and resemble plausible three-dimensional human beings? (At the risk of premature disclosure, the answers are yes, yes, and apparently not.) Unfortunately, none of this is particularly funny or involving. Instead, try the original — or better still, the original original, the 1985 French film Three Men and a Cradle — both of which at least had the virtue of freshness. C

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