Original: Trois hommes et un couffin (1985)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Nancy Travis, Margaret Colin, Alexandra Amini, Celeste Holm
Hollywood studio heads pouncing upon a successful foreign film? Indeed, that went down way back in the 1980s, so when the French comedy Trois hommes et un couffin performed well in its native country in 1985, the tastemakers at Disney wasted little time before snatching up the remake rights. And, interestingly enough, they hired Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy—yes, Spock himself—to direct.
Then, they cast the hugely likeable threesome of Steve Guttenberg (remember, we’re talking about the ’80s here), Tom Selleck, and Ted Danson to play the Manhattan bachelors suddenly tasked with taking care of an abandoned baby. Through their seemingly effortless chemistry, the trio of leads convey every emotion and belly laugh with appealing panache.