Maybe Baby (2000 film)
|Directed by||Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie (uncredited)|
|Produced by||Phil McIntyre|
|Written by||Ben Elton|
|Music by||Colin Towns|
|Distributed by||Redbus Film Distribution|
|Box office||$20,501 (USA)|
Maybe Baby is a 2000 British comedy film starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. It was written and directed by Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie, this one uncredited, and based upon the novel of Elton Inconceivable.
Sam Bell (Laurie) and wife Lucy (Richardson) are a married couple struggling for a baby, having tried everything they can think of to improve their chances of conceiving. At the same time, Sam begins to find his job (as a commissioning editor of drama at the BBC) increasingly unfulfilling. While he resolves to write his own screenplay, he begins to suffer writer's block. The idea dawns upon him to write about his own predicament, something to which Lucy objects strongly. He uses her diary entries to help him achieve authenticity, and the film is a success. Lucy finds out about the film and, shocked, leaves Sam. Eventually they reconcile and at the end of the story are still trying for a baby.
It marks the second time Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson have starred in the same film - the first was 101 Dalmatians (although they shared no scenes).
- Hugh Laurie as Sam Bell
- Joely Richardson as Lucy Bell
- Matthew Macfadyen as Nigel
- Adrian Lester as George
- Yasmin Bannerman as Melinda
- Joanna Lumley as Sheila
- Rachael Stirling as Joanna
- Dave Thompson as Dave the Comedian
- Emma Thompson as Druscilla
- James Purefoy as Carl Phipps
- Tom Hollander as Ewan Proclaimer
- Rowan Atkinson as Mr. James
- Kelly Reilly as Nimnh
- Dawn French as Charlene
"I Don't Wanna Fight", a song from Westlife's self-titled debut album, is played in the last part of the movie.
Laurie co-wrote and performed the humorous blues song, "Sperm Test in the Morning".
Rotten Tomatoes reported a 46% approval rating with an average rating of 5.1/10 based on 28 reviews.