Maybe Baby (film)

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Maybe Baby
Directed byBen Elton and Hugh Laurie (uncredited)
Produced byPhil McIntyre
Written byBen Elton
StarringHugh Laurie
Joely Richardson
Music byColin Towns
Pandora Cinema
BBC Films
Distributed byRedbus Film Distribution
Release date
  • 2 June 2000 (2000-06-02) (United Kingdom)
  • 24 August 2001 (2001-08-24) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
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, with Hugh Laurie directing some scenes in an uncredited role, and based upon Elton's novel, Inconceivable. The film was a critical failure, and did not do well at the box office, despite a cast including many of the best known names within comedy in Britain.


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).



The Buddy Holly title song is performed by Paul McCartney and co produced by McCartney and Jeff Lynne, who presumably play all the instruments between them, see "Maybe Baby". "I Don't Wanna Fight", a song from Westlife's self titled debut album, is played in the last part of the movie. Melanie C's song, "Suddenly Monday", also appears on the soundtrack, alongside tracks by Roxy Music, Lene Marlin, Atomic Kitten, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, George Michael and Madness.

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.[1] When the film was released in the United Kingdom, it opened on #3, behind Gladiator and Final Destination.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Maybe Baby (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Weekend box office 2nd June 2000 - 4th June 2000". Retrieved 31 October 2017.