Parents' Guide to

Three Men and a Baby

By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dated '80s comedy has sex, stereotypes, cursing.

Movie PG 1987 102 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+


I remember this movie as funny, but when I started screening for my preteens found that you couldn’t watch the first 30 minutes without obvious casual sex, cheating, and offensive terms for sex being used about every 2 minutes. I couldn’t recommend for any age group.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+


Honestly, I’m rating it 13+ because I just can’t see anyone under the age of 13 finding this story compelling whatsoever. I’m in my teens and just felt so bored watching this movie. I had such high hopes thinking this was going to be like full house or some family comedy. It’s not. It would definitely be PG-13 using today’s standards (which I expected since most PG movies from the 80s turn out to be PG-13 anyway.) Another thing I hated about it was the end message; the mom abandons the baby on the doorstep only to come back and drop the bomb that she’s taking the kid that she left on a doorstep WITH ONLY A NOTE that she’s taking her back to England??? No way. Normally stupid messages like that in movies don’t bother me, and I can just shrug it off, but this was just flat out ridiculous. The mom was not questioned one bit. It could have been that era, but regardless it sends an awful message that you can run away from responsibility and come back without consequences. It’s not worth the watch but more like a waste of time. The only reason I watched it was because it came with my streaming service. I would never pay for this movie alone. I’m glad that I watched it before presenting it at family movie night.

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A huge hit when it was first released in 1987, Three Men and a Baby really doesn't get as many laughs as it should from its premise. In 1987, Selleck, Danson and Guttenberg were major stars, and familiarity with their usual personas (Danson is simply playing a variant on his character from television show Cheers) was a major factor in the film's success. But the film hasn't aged very well. The time-consuming subplot pitting the three dads against a heroin smuggling ring completely clashes with the rest of the film. Nor does Leonard Nimoy's flat direction add anything.

Parents may enjoy watching these three self-confident guys crumble when faced with the demands of childcare, and kids could laugh at their unsuccessful attempts to keep a clean diaper on baby Mary, but there are too few such moments spread out over the course of the film. Surprisingly, the sequel Three Men and a Little Lady is a bit better.

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