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Maybe Baby (2000)

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

Directors:

Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie (uncredited)

Writer:

Ben Elton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joely Richardson ... Lucy Bell
Matthew Macfadyen ... Nigel
Hugh Laurie ... Sam Bell
Adrian Lester ... George
Yasmin Bannerman ... Melinda
Joanna Lumley ... Sheila
Rachael Stirling ... Joanna
Dave Thompson ... Dave the Comedian
Emma Thompson ... Druscilla
Stephen Simms Stephen Simms ... Trevor
John Brenner John Brenner ... Kit
Jaz Wilson Jaz Wilson ... Baby Cuthbert
James Purefoy ... Carl Phipps
Guy Barrett Guy Barrett ... Nigel's Posse
Deila Bhujoo 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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asteptand un bebelus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£801,542 (United Kingdom), 4 June 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,351, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,351, 26 August 2001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pandora Cinema, BBC Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Sam Bell: Lucy and I have to have a post-coital compatability test. Which means having it off and having a doctor look at the aftermath.
George: Why would you imagine I would want to know that?
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Connections

References The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Make You Love Me
Performed by George Michael
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Great film
8 August 2005 | by sandamy27See all my reviews

This film was terrific. The charisma between Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie is terrific and completely believable. The movie is so powerful however that I would only advise seeing it in the company of others if you have already achieved your family size. In other words, it would be a very painful movie to watch with someone who was having trouble with infertility. It's funny, but it's also very true. For me, it touched at the heart of all the issues involved in infertility. And Ms Richardson is a superb actress. I've also seen her at the Haymarket in Lady Windemere's Fan and she is an excellent performer.

The semi-cameo (and slightly camp) performances by Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson made for fun entertainment as well.


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