- 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000056IEG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,994 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Maybe Baby [DVD] 
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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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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.
Not convinced in the choice of actors for the main roles.
Considering the big name actors in the film, I was also expecting good things, but somehow the acting was appalling - particularly Joely Richardson, who is wooden, fake and delivers lines like she is patronizing everyone she meets. Unfortunately she completely fails to demonstrate the pain, heartache and anguish of going through infertility and treatment and even the comedy lines are lost in the delivery.
The film is paced all wrong, and as a result the moments that were so funny and endearing in the book majorly get lost in bad comic timing. Another problem is that the actors playing the main characters are completely wrong for their roles. Hugh Laurie is good in certain type of comedy but this is not it. He is totally unconvincing as Sam, unable to portray the sweet and sympathetic but emotionally confused wannabe screenwriter, and as a result, the jokes that were written for this character don't really come through very well in Laurie's persona. Joely Richardson just can't act at all, so I really can't imagine a worse leading couple for the film. This casting disaster is only highlighted by some excellent performances from the supporting actors, particularly Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, and Dawn French, who, in their minuscule roles, turn out to be the only ones who actually 'get' their characters at all.
Ultimately, the aftertaste in very much that of a vanity project for Elton, which is a shame, really, given all the jokes derived from his portrayals of vain and pompous film-makers that his writing is infused with. Once again, this is another British film with so much going for it but that fails to live up to its potential.
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love this film but when i got my order it was the wrong dvd i got the big wedding and not Maybe Baby..Published 1 day ago by Samantha
I am a regular purchaser of products from amazon and this is the first product that have had issue with. Read more
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 morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Jayke1981
it funny film, very good and cool of Hugh Laurie! Good watched it, I never seen watched it before! 10 yeas ago!Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by Samantha Kent
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 manPublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by lauren c
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
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. Read morePublished on 31 July 2009 by Clare R. Davies
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 morePublished on 13 Jun. 2008 by Mermaid on the Dolphin's Back