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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)
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hugh Laurie directed some scenes when Ben Elton had to go to hospital for the birth of his children. Elton and his wife had been undergoing IVF treatment. See more »

Goofs

Position of the mike on Melinda's headset. See more »

Quotes

Mr. James: [completing a gynecological exam] Try to relax if you can, Lucy.
Lucy Bell: [voice-over] Stick a traffic cone up your arse mate and see if you can relax.
[out loud]
Lucy Bell: I will try.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sperm Test In The Morning
Written by Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie
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A fun English romp for mom and dads
21 February 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Maybe Baby" is a very British comedy about a married couple who are having trouble making a baby. He's a script writer who sees the foibles and farces involved in their attempts to conceive as fuel for a screenplay which could save his failing career. She's a Barbiesque beauty who's avoiding the advances of a charismatic actor while trying to conceive. A fun frolic through the camp and corny, "Maybe Baby" is about 80% comedy with the remaining 20% spread over drama, pathos, romance, contemplations about married life, etc. resulting in a light hearted romp which should play well with more mature married-with-kids types, especially females into English humor, in spite of lukewarm critical reviews. (B)


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