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Maybe Baby [DVD] [2000]

Hugh Laurie , Joely Richardson , Hugh Laurie , Ben Elton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen, Adrian Lester, Yasmin Bannerman
  • Directors: Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton
  • Writers: Ben Elton
  • Producers: David M. Thompson, Ernst Goldschmidt, Lucy Ansbro, Mary Richards, Phil McIntyre
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Ben Elton writes and directs this romantic comedy adaptation of his own novel. Sam Bell (Hugh Laurie) and wife Lucy (Joely Richardson) seem to have it all - good looks, nice jobs, the perfect marriage - but despite their best efforts they haven't yet managed to produce the one thing they want above all else: a baby. When BBC commissioning editor Sam comes under pressure from his new boss, he begins writing a screenplay based on his and Lucy's experiences with IVF, using extracts from his wife's diary with neither her knowledge or approval. Meanwhile, theatrical agent Lucy has become enamoured of her latest client, good-looking actor Carl Phipps (James Purefoy). Can Lucy and Sam's marriage survive the strains they are placing it under?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well I liked it... 31 Mar 2006
Maybe Baby is a comedy adapted by Ben Elton from his novel Inconceivable which was inspired by Ben and his wife's real life problems in conceiving a baby. It stars Hugh Laurie as Sam, a frustrated BBC writer and Joely Richardson as Lucy, his wife who is desperate to have a baby.
Lucy decides that she and Sam should keep confidential, separate diaries on their thoughts a they undergo fertility treatment. This gives Sam an idea for a production and he takes a peak with disastrous results (though it all turns out OK in the end in true romantic comedy style!).
Maybe Baby is clearly an attempt by Elton and his cohorts to create a romcom to rival Richard Curtis / Hugh Grant vehicles such as Notting Hill and Love Actually. Although it arguably doesn't quite have the stamp of class of those films, it is an excellent feature which definitely didn't deserve the panning it received. Like most Elton productions, the supporting cast includes a number of characters who are there just for laughs to counteract the more serious lead plot. Particularly fine in this respect is Tom Hollander as Ewan Proclaimer, a gritty, modern Scottish director who is obsessed by drugs. Another very close-to-the-mark character (no prizes for guessing who) by Ben in an excellent well-made comedy which is well worth seeing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe baby?...we'll never know. 7 April 2008
By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE

I watched this last night and it has stayed with me right up until this morning. So why only three stars you ask? Well this is because the film left me wanting more. It leaves the whole baby issue up in the air, and I was expecting them to be expecting! Or at least to have a reason for their infertility to be found, but annoyingly no.

It tells the story of Sam, (Hugh Laurie), and Lucy, (Joely Richardson), who are both professionally stable and are very much still in love. The only things that are bothering them are that Sam has writer's block and they can't seem to get pregnant. Lucy comes across as very annoying and regimented in the lovemaking side of things, as is usually portrayed in such storylines, by which I mean she's always checking the calendar, writing in her diary and just generally losing all sense of spontaneity during their sex life. After trying for several months they decide to go and see the doctor. They can't find a single thing wrong with either of them but they start a course of IVF.

During this time, Sam gets the idea of writing about themselves for the script that he's been blocked over. Lucy can't bear the idea and asks him not to. But he does it anyway and they actually want to make it into a film. Sam keeps writing away but is told that the female lead is too masculine, so he steals Lucy's thoughts from her diary.

Meanwhile, and this is one part where I thought it was a bit over the top and uncalled for, we meet Carl, (James Purefoy), at Lucy's agency. He comes across as a sexy man who is obviously interested in Lucy. They have a couple of kisses and nearly end up sleeping together before Lucy comes to her senses and calls it off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great chick flick 31 July 2009
I have to admit I bought this film because it was written by Ben Elton, and had some good Brit actors in it, but mainly because I just love James Purefoy. He's highly underrated as an actor. And he's v gorgeous too. The film is very good, funny but also sad. The subject of IVF is a very emotional one to those going through it and I feel this was dealt with informatively and sensitively. However, I just feel that there is something missing. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the book too (Inconceivable). But parts of the film felt a bit stilted. Mainly, there's all this build-up to Lucy & the other man and then nothing really happens when you expect it to. Don't let this put you off, the actors play their roles well and it's funny in parts. Rowan Atkinson & Emma Thompson in their small roles are hilarious. But it got me thinking about my own personal life and how we all need to be more attentive to our partner's needs. Be adventurous, try things you haven't done before, don't become boring. But most of all, love one another every day to the best of your ability.
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This film is about a couple going through the reality of infertility and ivf. I really liked this film as its shows somthing very close to home, it helped me see the funny side of what im going through and it also showed the emotional side of ivf. I feel this helped me think about how it is all making me feel going through it at the moment. A very funny and sad film all in one well worth watching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some highs and some lows... 26 July 2006
This may not be the best film in British film history, but it definitely covers issues which sadly remain taboo in today's society. Joely Richardson is arguably not in her element in the film, but her complicity with Hugh Laurie is definitely convincing. Hugh Laurie's portrayal of a desperate screenwriter drawing inspiration from his personal experience is touching (if, at times, slightly unrealistic). And Tom Hollander is brilliant. Vulgar, but brilliant. Shame about Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Joanna Lumley and Dawn French have such small roles, but nevertheless, I think that despite the film's numerous lows, the chemistry between Laurie and Richardson is undeniable, enabling the narration of a truly moving tale.
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1.0 out of 5 stars maybebaby
I am a regular purchaser of products from amazon and this is the first product that have had issue with. Read more
Published 8 months ago by david mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Baby
its several years old, but its still so so funny! Seeing well known stalwarts of British comedy that are still on screen today, and a certain Hugh Laurie before he obtained... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jayke1981
5.0 out of 5 stars wow it open!
it funny film, very good and cool of Hugh Laurie! Good watched it, I never seen watched it before! 10 yeas ago!
Published 20 months ago by Samantha Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars hugh. laurie.
the film is pretty bleak but hugh lauries face is awesome so I'm awarding it 5 stars based solely on hugh lauries face. I love that man
Published on 11 Sep 2012 by lauren c
1.0 out of 5 stars Pants
Some of the worse acting I have seen in quite a while. Actually worth purchasing just to see how badly it can be done.
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by Fiona Mcclune
4.0 out of 5 stars Cathartic experience for those in the know
If you have been so fortunate as to watch this movie in a proper movie theatre you could have spotted all the people who have actually been subjected to ART - those would have been... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by Mermaid on the Dolphin's Back
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
This might not be an actual masterpiece of movie history, but I think it is a lot nicer movie than some other commentators gave it credit for. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2006 by Laine Minna
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of talent
What a waste of (some) good actors! We *know* Hugh Laurie can act, as can Tom Hollander, as can Adrian Lester, etc, etc. What on earth happened? Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2006 by Ellie
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe baby, maybe not!
Ben Elton's book,Inconceivable, was very good and very funny (and sad). I was really looking forward to the film, but what a disappointment. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2006
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