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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 »

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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 USA:

$8,351, 26 August 2001

Gross USA:

$20,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,763
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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

Lucy Bell: [reading] Samuel Bell: sperm test. 30% sluggish.
Sam Bell: Sluggish? Is that the word they use?
[Lucy nods]
Sam Bell: Well, couldn't they have found a nicer way of putting it? Like relaxed or unhurried? Relaxed, laid back sperm I can handle, but sluggish?
Lucy Bell: Motility poor.
Sam Bell: Oh, that is just an outrageous slur!
Lucy Bell: 41% swimming in the wrong direction.
Sam Bell: They're in a plastic pot! How are they supposed to know what the right direction is?
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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Unforgivable Sinner
Performed by Lene Marlin
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Censored in Singapore :-(
13 September 2000 | by blacklotus-2See all my reviews

Well, as a fan of British movies and comedies, (Trainspotting, Full Monty, Mind Your Language, Blackadder series, etc you get the point), I was happy to catch another British movie, especially one starring most of my fav actors and actresses, (Hugh Laurie and Rowan from Blackadder, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley and Joely Richardson,) I was more than willing to fork out the money to support another British movie.

Too bad the dialogue must have been considered too risque for Singaporean tastes and various parts of it were snipped, including the opening scene. The humping seemed to be intact though. Figures.

I expected risque and witty dialogue from British productions, being brought up on British comedies. I never get enough of risque humor. Benny Hill anyone? ;-) ;-)

Word of advice: avoid the movie in Singapore and get the DVD. I know I will. Come on guys, give Joely Richardson a chance. I think her acting was convincing, and Rowan playing the desensitized gynaecologist is a hoot, though a tad limited due to being just a cameo appearance. Hugh Laurie definitely steals the show, but more could be made of Joanna. Again, being a cameo, her role is very limited. Maybe there will be a director's cut that will be longer, 2hours or more hopefully.

I watched this movie after What Lies Beneath starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfieffer, so I got a bit more kick from this movie, which is also about Marriage and couples.


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