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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: 3.1 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)

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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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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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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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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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I read the book (Inconceivable) and thought that the film would be equally good. Unfortunately, it just isn't funny; maybe the comic timing was just bad. Neither was their any sense of tragedy: I just couldn't feel compassion for Joely's character.
Not convinced in the choice of actors for the main roles.
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Having read Inconceivable by Ben Elton I was expecting this film to be great. It wasn't. The book was funny, insightful and entertaining but sadly this did not translate well into a film.

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.
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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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I decided to watch this on video after reading Ben Elton's Inconceivable, which the film is based on. Because the book was very good and Ben Elton is obviously a very gifted comedy writer, I thought surely he would be able turn his own work into a good screenplay and ultimately a decent movie with himself as the director. I'm afraid I was wrong.
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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