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Genre: Comedy / DVD released 24 September, 2007 at Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      31.10.2010 10:51
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      A reasonably good film - but not perfect!

      A few years ago, I read the book Inconceivable by Ben Elton. Afterwards, myself and my husband decided to rent the DVD of the film of the book (Still with me?), Maybe Baby. We had both enjoyed reading it and looked forward to seeing the movie version. Of course, with hindsight, we realised we should have seen the film before reading the book - so a warning to anyone out there, get it round the right way!

      The movie was made in 2000 and stars Joely Richardson as Lucy with Hugh Laurie as her husband, Sam Bell. As in the book, the main focus of the story is about their infertility and the lengths they go to, in their quest for having a baby together.

      Having read Ben Elton's book and known it was partly autobiographical, I had read the novel with Ben Elton as Sam. However, it was easy enough to change my allegiances and accept Hugh Laurie, who was very convincing and endearing, as ever. He has a very expressive face and although in no way drop dead gorgeous, he is pleasing to watch, with a warmth about him that makes him extremely likeable.

      Hugh Laurie also seems to have made that giant step to being accepted by American audiences, hence turning up as the token Brit in several big films - 101 Dalmatians and Stuart Little, for instance - before becoming a huge star over there for his leading role in House.

      Joely Richardson is perfect as Lucy. I hadn't visualised her as well in the book, so I had few preconceptions about what she looked like. Joely was ideal - pretty and fresh-faced without the over the top beauty which often restricts an actress' credibility.

      The cast as a whole is very good, with the only let down being James Purefoy as Carl Phipps, the handsome actor who fancies Lucy. He was completely different to how I had imagined in the book and I don't think his character came across as well on the screen as it did in the book.

      But several of the cast are outstanding, especially amongst those with smaller roles. Deserving a special mention are two actors I had not seen previously (though have many times since!)- Matthew MacFadyen who is spot-on as BBC bigwig, Nigel and Tom Hollander as eccentric Scottish director Ewan Proclaimer.

      Excelling in small but memorable cameo appearances are Dawn French and Rowan Atkinson. Dawn plays a loud, brash Aussie nurse, who is more than happy to discuss sperm samples, while Rowan steals the scenes he is in with his omnipresent sharp wit as Mr. James, the fertility specialist.

      The story is a good one, an interesting topic and gives the actors plenty of scope to show a wide range of emotions - one minute you'll be laughing, the next you'll get a lump in your throat.

      It is also the sort of film that will question your morals - What would you do if you were married, but approached by a hunky celeb who seemed to offer more than your boring spouse? Would you read your partner's diary? Would you publicise your heartbreak and distress, if it could further your career?

      So, as you can tell, the film has its good bits, but overall, I found it disappointing. The story was condensed so much that it seemed to whizz along far too fast, without pausing for breath. There were the inevitable omissions and complete changes in scenes - but these would only seem annoying for those that had read the book first.

      There were also fewer laughs, with much of the dialogue from the book left out altogether and some of it not working so well on screen. The book is really a laugh-out-loud experience, whereas the movie produced fewer titters and guffaws all round.

      It is a British film and a gentle romantic comedy, as are many of my favourite films - Notting Hill, Billy Elliott, The Full Monty - but somehow, it doesn't seem to work as well, it falls short somehow. It turns up at the door but without the right package.

      It'll be interesting to see what people thought to it as a stand-alone film, not having read the book, maybe they enjoyed it more. I would certainly recommend it, as it is worth seeing, but is inferior to the novel.

      The DVD was released in 2007 and is only £2.99 from Amazon UK. The novel Inconceivable by Ben Elton came out in 2000 and is currently priced at £4.75.

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        18.04.2010 22:34
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        A good comedy film

        Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson play Sam and Lucy Bell - a very much happily married couple deeply in love, who want nothing more in the world than to have a baby. They've tried everything they can to conceive, but nothing seems to be working. Sam works as a drama commissioner , but finds this to be boring, and decides to turn to writing screenplays. While struggling with writer's block, he decides to write a film about his current situation, but his wife refuses, claiming it would be too personal. Sam, however, decides to go along with it, but with Lucy be at all pleased when she finds out he's used her secret diary for the more "womanly" touch to the story?

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        Maybe Baby is, at its heart, a fairly simple and quite quaint comedy, with everything being nice and jolly for the first three quarters of the film. Then it gives you a big dollop of drama, which would seem out of place, but surprisingly works really well. The premise and the story are both pretty basic but it's not really elite cinema or anything.

        Hugh Laurie provides most of the laughs here in his usual goofy way, which he does brilliantly, but Joely Richardson is just as good as keeping up with him, providing a more sensible look on the story, balancing the two out really well. There are some great side performances by Rowan Atkinson, Adrian Lester and Tom Hollander.

        Its short and sweet subject nature is exactly what you'd expect from Ben Elton, who wrote the film (and the book it was based on). While the whole married couple trying to have a baby -type humour and story is definitely for parental-types, the comedy's good enough for a wider audience.

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          06.04.2010 19:58

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          This movie is one of the funniest romantic comedies you are likely to see this year. Comic Ben Elton has done a brilliant job in 'Maybe Baby' - it seems there is no end to his talents!!
          It is the story of Sam (Hugh Laurie) and Lucy (Joely Richardson) who have everything except.....yes, you guessed it.... a baby.
          There are some side-splitting moments as they go through the trials and tribulations of trying to produce a kid. Making love on ley lines takes some beating.
          Finally, they admit defeat and Lucy goes for IVF treatment. Not the usual stuff of comedy, but it is hilarious one moment and hugely touching the next.
          The supporting cast reads like a who's who of British comedy.
          There's a superb cameo from Dawn French as a nurse at the IVF hospital, while Rowan Atkinson pops up as a doc with an odd bedside manner. Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley and Oscar winner Emma Thompson also get in on the act.
          The BBC partly financed the movie, but that didn't stop Mr Elton including a brilliant bit of Beeb mickey-taking.

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          03.03.2010 13:40
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          I was glad that I watched it.

          This is a review of the film Maybe Baby (2000). I've had this film on standby to watch for a while now but have been feeling a bit fragile on the baby front - we've been trying for over a year and I have had two miscarriages so it's been quite a tragic time for us.

          ***Directed by...**
          So, setting those feelings aside, it was still a film I wanted to watch as anything like this gives me hope and reassurance that there's other people going through worse situations than myself. I am also a big Ben Elton fan and he wrote the book Inconceivable, the screenplay for this film and also directed the film so I had high hopes it would be good.

          **Storyline**
          The plot as you may guess from the title is about a couple called Lucy and Sam (Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie) and who are trying for a baby for a long time with no result. He is a struggling BBC producer and has the challenging job of coming up with new and quirky productions to make whilst juggling the demands of an ovulating woman!

          **Real insight***
          I think the issue was handled realistically and sensitively. I did cry at a few bits but then that's me being too close to the subject I suppose. It was a real insight into how people go down the IVF route and the associated highs and lows.

          **Humour**
          What better starter for ten than humour about sperm and sex etc? It looks at the dark side of trying to conceive but it's lightened up with a few scenes that are funny.

          **Lead actors***
          Joely Richardson is absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of Cameron Diaz in this film. She has a fantastic body (of which we see plenty) and her fling with the actor Nigel (played by Matthew Macfayden) is completely believable - they would make a good couple.

          Hugh Laurie's character Sam was touching and raw at times. It was interesting to get the male perspective on these things and Elton really achieves this as a part-comedy film too. Whilst he wasn't attractive enough for my liking that's not his fault particularly at the end where he grows a massive beard and lets himself go, but that is all part of the storyline too!

          **Top cast**
          I loved the cast of 80s alternative comedians who make their appearances throughout, Emma Thompson is a hippy with with dreadlocks and Dawn French is a nurse with a dodgy Australian accent. Rowan Atkinson plays an amusing gynecologist but it's still handled quite tastefully I think.

          **Favourite bit**
          Lucy's having an internal examination and Mr James (Rowan Atktinson) picks up a massive nasty implement, waves it in the air and then puts it to one side saying 'we won't be needing this'. Seconded by nurse Charlene (Dawn French) bustling in to the cubicle and joshing Sam along for his 'sample'. Love it!

          **Verdict**
          I can see that some people would not connect with this film at all and I have to say in 2000 I was not remotely interested in seeing it. But I think it normalises the situation that many people find themselves in and helps promote empathy to those who don't have fertility issues. I was prepared that this film may make me feel upset but actually I was glad that I watched it.

          **PS**
          Whilst this has been quite a difficult and personal review to write, I hope you found it useful. We are still trying to conceive despite the traumatic year that was 2009. Everyone's experiences are different and personal but I have found sharing my experiences and offering support to others by talking about it useful.

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          05.09.2009 21:08
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          worth a watch

          First of all I will start by saying that me and my partner have been trying for a baby for over a year now with no success, so the subject matter of this film was a concern as well as a draw...I didnt want to end up being offended by what was being said or done, but sometimes it just feels good to see portrayed on screen the things that are happening in life.

          I will also point out that I have not read Ben Eltons book, inconceivable, but might give it a go as a result of this film.

          The main thing about this movie was the fact that, despite being a comedy, it is in no way taking the mick out of conception or infertility etc, there were obvious jokes about sperm and the likes but nothing offensive. This really appealled to me from a personal point of view and made the film more endearing. I believe that these are the conversations that couples trying for a baby will have (and when you're ovulating, believe me it doesnt matter where you are, you might as well give it s bash so to speak!).

          Hugh Laurie is great in this role, he is so deadpan, and his lines just feel natural, his character is not trying to be funny, yet he is! I also really like the way that his concerns are portrayed, not being able to fully express them with his wife as she is under enough stress as it is, and the changes he goes through as the decption becomes real and unbearable.

          Joley Richardson is, in my opinion, a bit wooden, she seems a bit uncomfortable in the role that she is playing and while I was still drawn to her, I just didnt feel the same connection as I did with Hugh's character.

          There are some surprising castings in this movies, faces that you dont expect including rowan atkinson and Joanna Lumley, who have small and very funny roles as you would expect.

          One of the main things that I enjoyed about this movie is the fact that, as a romantic comedy, it kind of starts in the middle...they are already married and have been trying for a child for a while, the movie picks up when it gets real and they seek medical help. The sub plot within the story regarding the script is also a good little twist, and add an element of the story that it really needed, and separated the main characters just enough to get to know them individually.

          Now Im not saying that its a masterpiece of cinematography or direction etc, but its very easy to watch, lighthearted and feel good. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would not hesitate to watch it again.

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            05.09.2005 22:36
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            Forget about the book before you watch the film

            As I am sitting here at home with a chest infection I thought I would cheer myself up by watching a comedy film. I chose Maybe Baby.

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            What it says on the back of the box:

            Hugh Laurie (Sam) and Joely Richardson (Lucy) star in this international romantic smash hit as an irresistible couple who seem to have everything – good looks, successful careers, matching motorbikes and an enthusiastic love life. The only thing they lack is the one thing that they really want – a baby. Sam sets his sights on writing a successful screenplay, a comedy about a couple trying for a baby. The only problem is that Lucy is horrified at the idea and forbids him to do it. Creative fulfilment is too much for Sam to resist and meanwhile an increasingly hormonal Lucy is distracted by the attentions of the handsome Carl Phipps (James Purefoy). Sam and Lucy’s love for one another, the most important thing they both have, will now truly be put to the test.

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            Heard this before?:

            You may well have, this film is based on Ben Elton’s novel of the same name. Although as always with film adaptations of a novel expect slight variations in the story. Although because I do not like Ben Elton’s style of writing I have not read the book and cannot tell you what the differences are. From what I have heard though the book is better than the film so if you like his style of writing then have a read.

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            The cast:

            Lucy – Joely Richardson
            Sam – Hugh Laurie
            Nigel – Matthew MacFadyen
            George – Adrian Lester
            Sheila – Joanna Lumley
            Carl – James Purefoy

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            The facts:

            Certificate – 15
            Run time – 101 mins
            Price - £6.97 from Amazon
            Sound mix – Dolby Digital

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            What did I think?:

            Well I have to say that although people had warned me away from the film saying basically that it was rubbish compared to the book and so on but I found the film heart warming, gentle and above all very very funny.

            Now I know that book to film adaptations are usually a disappointment which is why I tell people that they should never compare them and watch the film for what it is. That is my advice to everybody who has read the book, forget about it and watch the film as a separate thing.

            The film itself is 104 minutes long which is just right for the topic of a romantic comedy so you do not feel like they stretch the film along for no apparent reason. The first thing to congratulate on this film is the cast. Both Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are fantastic actors and carry the film well. Their relationship with each other is played beautifully and they play the roles so well that you can really feel what they are going through. Equally brilliant is the gorgeous James Purefoy who lets face it any woman would be tempted. The surprise of this film is so many of our great British actors pop up and give memorable performances including Joanna Lumley, Rowan Atkinson and Emma Thompson.

            The story is the second thing to congratulate as it is so real to many people and they have made the film take this into account. Although the film is a comedy, the subject matter is something that is devastating to some couples so the way that it is portrayed on screen has to be perfect. The film makers have managed this perfectly with capturing the trauma of not being able to create the child and also the trauma of handling it within what you thought was a stable relationship. The film goes through a variety of emotions including love, honesty and betrayal and it does so with elegance.

            I think everybody has a slight feeling on what it is like to want something more than anything in the world and not be able to have it so they should be able to identify with the idea of the film. All I can say is give this film a go and you may be pleasantly surprised.

            Sorry the review is quite short compared to my others but I will be back on form as soon as my antibiotics have kicked in.

            Thanks for reading.

            xxx

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              07.01.2002 23:14
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              After hiring this film on several occasions I decided to actually go out and buy it. As you can probably tell by now, I love the film. I watched it the other day with a few of my friends and we all loved it. There is quite a simple plot to the film, but none the less it is a great one! The acting is ok, I wouldn't call it perfect, but the actors are getting there! The 2 main characters are played by Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie. They play the characters well and you can relate to them throughout the film. The directing isn't bad either. There are a few let down in the film but generally I found it enjoyable. This film is a comedy and certainly deserves being called one. It is taken from Ben Elton's best selling novel, Inconceviable. There are many humerous bits throughout the film and it's great to watch when you're feeling down. I'll now get on with the plot. Sam (Hugh) and Lucy (Joely) are trying for a baby. Each month according to their plan they have sex in order to try and make a baby. But after months of trying they get nowhere, so they go for IVF treatment. This isn't all! Sam decides he would like to write a screen play about their story. Lucy puts her foor down to this but Sam goes ahead and does it anyway. But things go wrong for the couple when she finds out about the play. It turns out he's used everything she's said in the play along with personal stuff from her diary! They had the perfect marriage, the perfect lifestyle, but will their love survive this? Not the best plot in the world but one I certainly enjoy watching. Added in with the comedy side of it is some sadness which makes the film all the more better. There are appearences from a few well known stars including Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) and Rowan Atkinson(Mr. Bean). I love the film and can watch it over and over again (it's one of the few I can!) I would rec
              comend you watch it. Though it isn't advisable that you watch it aroung young children as there are some rude bits! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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                03.01.2002 20:17
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                Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson (101 Dalmations) star in the brilliant comedy about a couple trying to have a baby. It is based on Ben Eltons best-selling novel, Inconceivable. With every inch of it being full of laughter or sadness, this film is definately one you cannot afford to miss. If you liked 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', you'll love this. Other actors and actesses include Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Dawn French (The Vicar Of Dibly), Joanna Lumly (Absolutely Fabulous) and Carl Phipps. Sam (Hugh) and Lucy (Joely) have the perfect marriage and the perfect sex life, but they're missing the one thing they desperately want, a baby. So they begin IVF treatement in an attempt to concieve. In the mean time Ben decides to write a screen play about a couple trying for a baby. Although Lucy forbids him to do it, he goes ahead and does it anyway. To get the play as real as possible he uses everything they experiance, including everything Lucy says. But then to top it iff he reads Lucy's diary in an attempt to get the play as best as he can. Then one day Lucy finds about about the whole thing and their love is truly put to the test! The directing of this film is brilliant and the acting couldn't be any better. Both Hugh and Joely put on an excellent performance. This is a fantastic comedy and I would reccomend you watch it. I loved it and hopefully so will you.

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                  14.11.2001 20:46
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                  Maybe baby is a British comedy based on Ben Elton?s best selling novel Inconceivable. It follows a couple's desperate attempts to have a baby. The film is based around Sam (Hugh Laurie) and Lucy (Joely Richardson) Bell who are a couple who have busy lives in the city but are planning to start a family. Lucy is desperate to have a baby and calls Sam home from work at every opportunity to try for one. The couple take every opportunity no matter where they are! Both characters have busy jobs. Lucy works for a publicity agency and Sam works for the BBC and is responsible for finding you up and coming programmes. Sam finds that his job security is at risk when he turns down the script of a up and coming writer. Sam has to find a good script quickly and decides to write about his own life story. Meanwhile Lucy is going through all sorts of torture in the attempt of getting a baby. The couple goes for tests to see if they are both firing on all cylinders! They even try other methods but to no success. Lucy keeps a diary of all the events and her personal thoughts. Sam being a naughty boy uses her diary in his attempts to get a good script for the BBC. Maybe maybe stars a British cast. Hugh Lawrie and Joely Richardson are superb. Lawrie's character has a dry sense of humour and is played expertly. Richardson comes over well as the desperate wannabe mother. Other stars that can be seen in the film are Rowan Atkinson, Dawn French and James Purefoy. The film is very funny. I was not expecting much from the film as it was my wife's idea to watch it. However I was pleasantly surprised. There are enough funny moments to keep most audiences happy. IF you are interested in the perils of having a baby then watch Maybe Baby. If you are also after a light hearted, clever movie that will keep you entertained for the evening then give Maybe Baby a chance.

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                    OK, I know there are always differences between a book and a movie based on it, but this is pathetic! "Inconcievable" (the title of the book) was the first Ben Elton book I read and I found it quite funny. I was wondering how they would transfer all that to a movie and after watching it, I realised how badly they failed! The only good bits in this movie are the bits where they are going through tests. The book is in diary format. You read what the guy wrote and then you read what his wife wrote. Of course they couldn't transfer this to a movie properly, hence the movie is missing half the story and most of the laughs. The Plot: The plot centers around a middle aged couple trying really hard to have a baby. They go through lots of tests to determine what is wrong and the conclusion is that they are both perfectly normal, but for some reason they just can't have a baby. (There are some really funny scenes about the tests and how they go about them). The husband works for the BBC and has been trying to write a movie for a while and sees this as his chance. He wants to write a movie about a middle aged couple who can't have a baby. His wife warns him that if he does write the movie she'll leave him. He decides to go ahead anyway but because he can't get the woman's side correct, he reads his wife's diary and now his story is perfect. You watch them go through IVF and fail and try again, the wife discovers that her husband is writing a movie about them and promptly leaves him. If you've read the book, don't watch the movie, it'll spoil it for you.

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                    As dooyoo is a family forum I'll refrain from naming the part of the giant chalk man's anatomy which appears in this movie, but given the subject of the movie, and the fact I won't name it, I'm guessing you got there already. Famous fertility rite apparently. So the formidable and witch-like Drusilla, played by Emma Thompson tells the keen-to-be-parents, Sam and Lucy Bell. Sam and Lucy Bell, played by Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson, are desperate to reproduce. Desperate enough to make sex the most important thing in either of their lives, desperate enough to try the wacky suggestions of the witchy Drusilla, even desperate enough to try all that conventional fertility treatment has to offer. Predictably this makes for some comic moments, but although the potential for this to be an absolutely hilarious movie is all there in the cast and subject matter, once again this is a British comedy which somehow misses it. I found myself writing scenes in my head as I watched it, and have to say, I think mine were funnier. Try it yourself! Some of you may have read my review on "East is East", and will now wonder at what on earth is wrong with me, but "Maybe Baby" had much the same effect on me as that movie - I didn't find either of them funny at all. Funny moments, yes, I'll grant you that, but side-splittingly funny, the kind of funny that "Notting Hill" achieves, no. Definitely no. In fact, not at any point. Laurie and Richardson's acting is flawless as a media couple gradually becoming obsessed with baby-making. The storyline, however, like "East is East" veers far too close to the tragic for my liking in a comedy, as tests and Lucy's failure to conceive take their inevitable toll on the couple, and their tragedy unfolds. I defy anyone to find the penultimate denouement scene anything but agonisingly heart-wrenching. There are some wonderfully silly cam
                    eos from Joanna Lumley as a lesbian ageny director;Rowan Atkinson as Lucy's consultant showing off his metalware; Emma Thompson as the new age guru, and Dawn French as a rather odd Aussie nurse. These sit rather strangely with the trauma and tragedy however, and the whole movie seems rather disjointed to me. Rather than being able to incorporate the elements of comedy and tragedy, they jar horribly at times and make the worst kind of bedfellows. A review of "Maybe Baby" would of course be incomplete without mention of the simmeringly sexy Carl Phipps (played by James Purefoy) and he provides a seriously attractive temptation for Lucy. Will he succeed in getting her into bed though? There are a couple of wonderful recitations of Shakesperean sonnets, and the power and beauty of the language and acting were for me the most memorable moments of the film. It's very British, has a great cast, but I think I'd rather just listen to the Shakespeare again! ~*~ Postscript ~*~ If infertility has been a trauma in your personal life, I'd prepare yourself for some painful memories to be re-awakened while watching this. It's based on Ben Elton's boook "Inconceivable" and on his own life experience of infertility. He obviously understands the subject from the inside out, and I wonder whether the fact of the tragedy of childlessness in his own life has meant that this was the feeling which dominated the movie. Had it been written by someone for whom this was not a personally difficult issue, I imagine that comedy may have shone through more...

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                      Maybe Baby is based on Ben Elton’s best selling novel Inconceivable, and having enjoyed the book immensely, I decided to make the DVD of this movie my first ever DVD purchase. The story revolves around Sam and Lucy Bell, a couple who have been trying to conceive a child without success for a few years, and their more and more desperate attempts to conceive. Lucy (Joely Richardson) works in a publicity agency that have just taken on the latest British heartthrob actor, Carl Phipps (Steven Gately look-alike James Purefoy). Not only does she have to put up with various pieces of metal being shoved up her more delicate parts in an attempt to find out why she can’t conceive, she must also now put up with the attentions of the wonderful Carl Phipps. Sam (Hugh Laurie) works as a comedy producer for the BBC, which involves him eating lots of lunch with new talent, slagging them off and being slagged off in return. He doesn’t get on with the new station controller, and who is downgraded to a children’s producer. This leads him to go back to his original passion, script-writing even though he hasn’t been able to write anything for years. After years of trying everything, including making love on a hill with “positive ley-lines” (a tip from hippie friend Drusilla, played by Emma Thompson), and turning their sex life into a carefully calculated operation based on charts and wee on sticks, they decide that the time has come to see about getting IVF. To help them through this experience, they each record their thoughts and feelings in a book, kept private from each other. However, this experience gives Sam all the inspiration he needs and under the guise of writing his book, he starts to write a script, about them, about trying to conceive a baby. Against all his friends’ advice, and without telling Lucy he submits the script, and things slide downhill from there. This film stic
                      ks quite close to the book, but the book was quite long, so it leaves out some of the detail and changes a few things, but it is still recognisably the same idea. My major criticism is that it is not as warm as the book, the book makes it clear how much Lucy wants, and needs, a baby, but that is more or less glossed over in the film, and her passion isn’t as clear, and it makes all the efforts they go to seem strange to an extent. The actors do a good job, although I found it hard to get closer to them, they don’t seem to bring the characters to life as well as the book does, although as the film goes on and you get to know them more, you do start to feel an affection for them, and you do feel a genuine hatred for Sam after he starts writing about their lives, you can see him exploiting the situation. It isn't an outstanding performance by either of the leading characters by any standard, and they are slightly overshadowed by the supporting cast. These criticism’s aside, it is still a very enjoyable film, there are some superb cameo appearances from Dawn French and Rowan Atkinson, Atkinson stealing the show with a quirky gynaecologist. James Purefoy makes a brilliant Carl Phipps, managing to bring across the smarminess and self love excellently. The film is probably best suited to young adults and above. It isn’t laugh out loud funny all the way, there are some more subtle moments and also quite a lot of emotion in the film, after all, it is based on quite a sensitive and important topic, which can’t be treated lightly all the way. It doesn’t make light of their situation, which is pretty important. After a slow start the film does pick up somewhat, it is worth a look, but I definitely prefer the book, the book has a lot of depth that this film doesn’t have, but the film would still stand up on it’s on in spite of this. DVD Extras The DVD comes with a few extras
                      – the original trailer, interviews with the cast and director, and audio commentary by Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie. Of these, probably the audio commentary is the most interesting, as Hugh and Ben describe the interesting points of the filming, where the scenes where shot and so on. The interviews are pretty interesting, but hardly something I’ll watch more than once.

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                        This Ben Elton comedy stars Hugh Laurie and Jolie Richardson as a couple trying for a baby at all hours of the day and night without much success. The Martini ad comes to mind - any time any place anywhere. Sam (Laurie) decides to use their experience as base for his screenplay including his wife’s diary. He unfortunately forgets to tell her with devastating consequences. The Emma Thompson new age character is hilarious and although a little slow in some places it makes up for it in others. Maybe Baby is a very funny film which deals with a sad subject in a sympathetic way still showing some of the problems infertile customers go through without making you feel too low. It may be a little too near the mark for people having trying for a baby but still a film well worth seeing

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                        24.07.2000 19:34
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                        My husband took me to see this film for our anniversary and it was great. Having had a baby ourselves in the last year and knowing people who ahd struggled to get pregnant it was a very funny and yet moving film. Its quite true to life as most people dont sit aroudn morbidly worrying you try to get on with your life and yet at the same time the problem is always there underlying all your feelings and thoughts. I would not have thought of hugh lawrie for the part of the man, but he is very funny and carries it really well.

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                        21.07.2000 22:21

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                        Maybe Baby presents the one of the most flawed central characters I have seen in a British flick. The central female role is both unconvincing and unsympathetic. After leaving the cimema I felt I wanted to kill her. Ben Elton's book never positioned the role as such and I feel cheated by the £5.00 to view it. However my wife loved it. - Perhaps the film more closely represents the truth of IVF than the book, which in my opinion took a more male centric position.

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