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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,193 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3.2 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glovely on 13 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
It's difficult not to look back in embarrassment at films that focused on perennial obsessions which seem rather trivial even by '90s standards, and upon which the characters more or less hinged their identities. In Four Weddings and a Funeral it was marriage. In Bedrooms and Hallways it was sexuality. In Maybe Baby Lucy, a married woman with a successful career, manufactures the trauma of being unable to conceive, and her loving husband Sam, rather than telling her to pull herself together or suggesting adoption, dutifully indulges her anxiety, as do the other characters (including the opportunist filmmaker Ewan, who sees the exploitative possibilities of a woman's infertility). Annoyingly, therefore, Maybe Baby itself becomes complicit in exalting babies and parenthood in a very kitsch way, thereby promoting the idea that married couples are incomplete without children and that infertile women in particular should feel inadequate (much in the way that Four Weddings overemphasised marriage and Bedrooms and Hallways exaggerated sexuality). The film misses its only opportunity to come to its senses near the end when Lucy thinks she's pregnant with another man's child and Sam offers to raise it anyway. Lucy turns out not to be pregnant, but neither she nor Sam take the hint that they might be parents without having to conceive, or that they might not have to be parents at all. Instead the film plays a montage of Sam's and Lucy's continually unsuccessful attempts to conceive, from IVF treatments and ridiculous new-age rituals to sex in lifts, before the credits roll. Maybe baby? Certainly laborious.
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By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE on 7 April 2008
Format: DVD
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!***

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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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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