Thanksgiving weekend 1987 competed for two sweet-and-sweet films featuring five of the top talents of the day: Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steven Guttenberg, Steve Martin, and John Candy. In fact, the posters for “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” by John Hughes and “Three Men and a Baby” by Leonard Nimoy (yes, the same Leonard Nimoy) practically begged the audience to hug them.
“Planes, Trains and Cars” was sometimes stressful to watch, but the buddy drama was still laughable. “Three Men and a Baby” (and boy ghost?) was a little kinder, gentler, and turned the spaniel hit “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” into a modern-day lullaby, while earning more than $3 million more than its box-office rival.
“Raising Arizona” and “Baby Boom” were among other films of the period showing the pitfalls and pitfalls of parenting. John Hughes got into the spirit of the following year with “She’s Gonna Have a Baby,” and a year later, John Candy acted as a father figure to older kids in “Uncle Buck.” The genre reached its climax perhaps in 1989 with Look Who’s Talking.
Three Men and a Baby was a remake of the 1985 French film Three Men and a Cradle (Three Men and a Cradle) and is reportedly being remade into a Zac Efron/Disney+ film. Meanwhile, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was an original work by Hughes and is reportedly being remade into a film by Will Smith and Kevin Hart.