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Maybe Baby (2000)

A comedy about a couple (Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson) who are trying to conceive a child.

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Lucy Bell
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Nigel
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Sam Bell
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George
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Melinda
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Sheila
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Joanna
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Dave the Comedian
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Druscilla
Stephen Simms ...
Trevor
John Brenner ...
Kit
Jaz Wilson ...
Baby Cuthbert
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Carl Phipps
Guy Barrett ...
Nigel's Posse
Deila Bhujoo ...
Nigel's Posse
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Storyline

Sam and Lucy Bell are a married couple who seem to have it all: good looks, successful careers and an enthusiastic love life. The only thing they lack is the one thing they want most - a baby. They try everything in their efforts to reproduce: New Age chanting, acupuncture, creative lovemaking... but all this hectic schedule achieves is improvement in their cardiovascular systems. Ovulation charts soon replace spontaneity, when the couple reluctantly deliver themselves into the hands of medical professionals. At the same time, as Sam comes to find his job increasingly unfulfilling, he sets his sights on writing a screenplay, but writer's block strikes. Encouraged to 'look within' by his hippie friend Druscilla, Sam is inspired: he will write a comedy about a couple trying for a baby! But Lucy is horrified at the idea, and forbids him to tell their story. Sam and Lucy's love for each other, the most important thing they both have, will now truly be put to the test...with surprising ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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24 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Asyllipto moro!  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£801,542 (UK) (2 June 2000)

Gross:

$8,351 (USA) (24 August 2001)
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Emma Thompson only worked a day. See more »

Goofs

About 34 minutes into the film, there is a scene in a restaurant. In one shot, there is a waitress at the table, and another one setting down plates at a table in the background. The camera cuts away for less than two seconds upon th arrival of a character, then cuts back, but with both waitress prematurely gone. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Bell: I hope Dick and Debbie know what I'm going through for them.
Sam Bell: Well, you can tell them some day.
Lucy Bell: There's only a one in five chance.
Sam Bell: Lucy, any child of yours would be one in a million.
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Spoofs Spice World (1997) See more »

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Written by Michael Head
Performed by Shack
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Stop knocking it!
12 January 2001 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie about half an hour ago, and I fail to see what everyone has against it. Ok, I admit, it was more romance and less comedy than I had expected. But i think it is cool for Ben Elton to produce such an honest script and good adaptation. Hugh Laurie's acting is brilliant considering he's in a really out of character part, and Joely Richardson also performed well, suprising me again as I would never have chosen her to perform that particular role in a comedy film.

The biggest regret of this movie was the total waste of the brilliant Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson and Dawn French. At least Thompson and French were funny in their parts - whereas Rowan Atkinson was again cast in a brainless role that just reminds everybody of the overrated Mr Bean and not his brillint comic performances in Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.

But, making up for all these casting mistakes, was Tom Hollander -AWESOME as in the role of Ewan. The accent is clever, he looks young and fresh and is very, very funny. His character and particularly his attitude towards English people emphasises the fact that this movie isn't meant to be really serious - it's just a good chance for everyone to sit down and have a good laugh at themselves, while also showing a bit of the pressures that might be encountred by an infertile couple.

Basically, i say stop "dissing" this movie and give it a fair go. Don't criticise the movie, just enjoy watching it. Maybe Baby is good for a laugh and a satisfying happy ending, and a bit of fun playing spot your favourite British actor.


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