Maybe Baby

2000, Romance, 1h 44m

28 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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A likable cast gives Maybe Baby some romantic appeal, but its noncommittal tone makes for an earnest comedy that isn't as funny or sincere as it wants to be. Read critic reviews

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Sam (Hugh Laurie) and Lucy (Joely Richardson) Bell are a married couple who seem to have it all: good looks, successful careers (as a BBC-TV commissioning editor and agent, respectively), matching motorbikes, and an enthusiastic love life. The only thing they lack is the one thing they want most - a baby. 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 results.

Cast & Crew

James Purefoy
Carl Phipps
Tom Hollander
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Anna Lindgren
Make-up Artist (uncredited)
Ben Elton
Director
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Ernst Goldschmidt
Executive Producer
Lucy Ansbro
Associate Producer
Mary Richards
Line Producer
Roger Lanser
Cinematographer
Jim Clay
Production Designer
Colin Towns
Original Music
Anna B. Sheppard
Costume Designer
Mary Selway
Casting Director
Richard Whelan
First Assistant Director
Anna Worley
Script Supervisor
Elizabeth Tagg
Hair Designer
Elizabeth Tagg
Makeup Designer
John Hayes
Sound Recordist
Chris Seagers
Art Direction
Maggie Gray
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Audience Reviews for Maybe Baby

  • Nov 15, 2010
    It's weird to imagine that Hugh Laurie is actually British. So many years of playing one character will do that to you. But yea he's a talented man. And so is Joely Richardson, but even their best efforts cannot save this movie. I mean, I say this a lot, but I've seen far worse romantic comedies than this one (eg: License to Wed), but it's seriously one of the most inconsistent movies I've seen in a long time. The tonal shifts in this movie are all over the fucking place. Sometimes it's a drama (bordering on MELODRAMA), sometimes it's a comedy. The main problem with that is that the movie just never TRANSITIONS into drama/comedy, it just cuts to another scene and if that scene happens to be a dramatic scene then so be it. There's no flow to any of the movie to be honest. Not to mention the humor is pretty horrendous. It sort of tries to do an american R-rated style of comedy, but it just didn't work, when I watch british comedies, that's exactly the type of humor I want...British. Not shitty American gross-out humor. Not that there's anything wrong with that...in moderation. I mean Hugh Laurie has some good lines but they're sprinkled in the first part of the movie. The funniest part of the movie was by far Rowan Atkinson. He has such great and over-the-top facial expressions that he doesn't need to say anything and I was laughing. But Rowan's character is only a cameo, which is a shame, which brings me to Emma Thompson. I don't know HOW or WHY they got Emma to do a glorified cameo in this movie, it just baffles my mind. Maybe she owed someone a favor. But yea this movie is pretty bad. Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are pretty decent in their roles, so the movie's not absolutely horrendous. I'll probably end up forgetting about this movie by the end of the week, and probably for good reason.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2008
    i liked it i thought it was funny and different and hugh laurie is hot in it! worth a watch
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2008
    So much genuine talent wasted in this blah rather mean spirited purported comedy which has nary a laugh within. Watch only if you want to see many fine performers employed in a project beneath any of their talents.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2007
    In this light comedy directed by British writer-comedian Ben Elton, Sam and Lucy Bell (Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson) are an upwardly mobile London couple who are trying desperately to conceive a baby. Along for the ride, which is laden with sperm-count and hormone-injection jokes, is a cast that reads like a Who's Who in British comedy. Rowan Atkinson makes an appearance as an obstetrician, Dawn French and Joanna Lumley show up as an Australian nurse and Lucy's snooty boss, and Emma Thompson has a stint as a New Age health freak. Adrian Lester and Tom Hollander also co-star, the latter as a Brit-loathing Scottish director.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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