Three little babies force three big babies to grow up and act right in this broadly comic celebration of fatherhood. After an animated prologue establishing that South Philadelphia friends G (Anthony Anderson), Lonnie (stand-up comedian Eddie Griffin, who also cowrote the script) and Dom (Michael Imperioli) have been inseparable since childhood, we find the friends in their twenties, perpetually broke and living with Lonnie's short-tempered Uncle Virgil (John Amos). Nerdy Lonnie, who once dreamed of being an inventor, is holding down several menial jobs so he can support manipulative hoochie Rolanda (Paula Jai White), who learned the tricks of the trade from her hot mama, Peaches (Dee Freeman). Portly G thinks his future lies in the boxing ring, despite all evidence to the contrary including the fact that his skinny little girlfriend, XiXi (Bai Ling), can knock him out with one punch. In the meantime, G works for XiXi's straitlaced father, who owns a local fast-food restaurant/convenience store. And Dom, who's pinned his hopes of music-business success on a white-boy rap duo, is having a fling with recording-studio manager Nia (Joanna Bacalso). All three women simultaneously find themselves pregnant, and the guys resolve vaguely to be better dads than their own, without having any idea what that might entail. The course of baby love does not run smooth, as the overage adolescents learn the facts of life about diapers, burping, the cost of baby food and the trouble that can ensue when unsupervised toddlers invade a bangin' house party. Matters are further complicated when Lonnie develops a crush on classy single mom Brandy (Marsha Thomason) at a "Mommy and Me" parenting class, Dom discovers that Nia is a lesbian and G's ne'er-do-well cousin Randall (Method Man) gets out of the penitentiary and promptly live ups to his nickname No Good. The film's mix of sentiment, body-function humor and family values preachiness is relatively good-natured, obligatory kicked-in-the-'nads-by-a-little-kid scene notwithstanding. The gags include an evergreen lesson in why fledgling dads should stand to the side while diapering boy babies, while the jokes rely heavily on wacky Chinese names: XiXi's family includes Cha Ching and Sing Sing, Grandpa Bling Bling and, of course, Grandma Fung-Yu. As to the dream sequence featuring Lonnie's and Brandy's trash-talking babies, it's just creepy.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Three little babies force three big babies to grow up and act right in this broadly comic celebration of fatherhood. After an animated prologue establishing that South Philadelphia friends G (Anthony Anderson), Lonnie (stand-up comedian Eddie Griffin, who… (more)