Maybe Baby

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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.

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Cast

Hugh Laurie
as Sam Bell
James Purefoy
as Carl Phipps
Tom Hollander
as Ewan Proclaimer
Rowan Atkinson
as Mr. James
Dawn French
as Charlene
Emma Thompson
as Druscilla
Dave Thompson
as Dave the Comedian
Jaz Wilson
as Baby Cuthbert
Guy Barrett
as Member of Nigel's Posse
Della Bhujoo
as Member of Nigel's Posse
Abbey Careford
as Member of Nigel's Posse
Marina Fiorato
as Member of Nigel's Posse
Richard Leaf
as Justin Cocker
Connor Pearce
as Boy on Bike in Park
Henrietta Garden
as Mother in Park
Richard Sandells
as Man Wrestling for Cab
Emma Cooke
as Nurse 1
Shelley Conn
as Nurse 2
Stephanie Bartczak
as Member of Ewan's Posse
Chris Belgrave
as Member of Ewan's Posse
Catriona Pearson
as Member of Ewan's Posse
Judi Shekoni
as Member of Ewan's Posse
Paul Ready
as Student Doctor
Paul Tripp
as Mr. Furblob
Serena Evans
as Dr. Cooper
Katisha Kenyon
as Commercial Girl
Anneli Harrison
as Commercial Girl
Caroline Hayes
as Commercial Girl
John Lightbody
as Hospital Administrator
Mina Anwar
as Yasmin
Junix Inocian
as Chinese Practitioner
John Fortune
as Acupuncturist
Sally Reeve
as Masseuse
Emma Buckley
as IVF Surgeon
Karen Bryson
as Actor Playing Doctor
Bill
as William the Dog
Ben
as William the Dog
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Critic Reviews for Maybe Baby

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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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