Maybe Baby

Maybe Baby is a romantic comedy written and directed by English comedian Ben Elton. Hugh Laurie, who, like Elton, made his name in the Blackadder series, stars as Sam, a movie executive trying to get his own script pushed through. He's growing frustrated and finds new inspiration in his wife Lucy, played by Joely Richardson (sister of Natasha and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave). Lucy is determined to get pregnant and the couple grows weary in their attempts to conceive. But Maybe Baby is not a rehash of Hugh Grant's post-Divine Brown outing, Nine Months; it is a parody of the English film and television industry, particularly the BBC. There is a rather hilarious jab at the Scottish director Danny Boyle and the 1994 film Trainspotting, except that in Maybe Baby, he is Ewan Proclaimer (an obvious reference to the Scottish band, the Proclaimers, with a little Ewan MacGregor and Ewan Bremner thrown in). Some of the characters, like Mr. Proclaimer, are caricatures, and Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) and Emma Thompson make cameos, but the leads are slightly better rounded. Unfortunately, the main characters are thoroughly unpleasant in their selfishness and you somehow feel that they deserve not to be blessed with a little o­ne.