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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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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

Nimnh: [as Rachel during rehearsals] You're lucky, you don't even want children.
Carl Phipps: [as Colin during rehearsals] Not children in the abstract sense, no. But as a part of you, as an expression and extension of our love, I want that more than I can say. And if we don't have one, well then that's all right too, because our love will be no less whole.
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Kelly Watch the Stars
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On the interchangeability of humour and comedy
27 July 2002 | by georgetheteeSee all my reviews

Well, let's see....

It's got Hugh Laurie in it, so it must be funny, right? And it's about making babies, so it must be very funny, right? And it's written by Ben Elton, so it has to be very, very funny, right? Well, the ingredients may be there but this christmas pudding is a stale pancake. As a brit, may I be honest and say that the term "British comedy" is very much a contradiction in terms these days.

Trouble is, all the 'in crowd' who make films here don't have a shred of genuine humor between them. For 'comedy' read 'stupidity' - so far as these idiots are concerned, they are interchangeable.

Sadly, only americans know how to do humor now. They don't know how to do much else, but they do know humor.


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