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Maybe Baby (2001)
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by Chris Parry

"Ben, you were supposed to do it in the cup, not on the celluloid."
2 stars

Ben Elton made a name for himseld with nob and plop gags. The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents, Filthy Rich And Catflap, his books, his stand-up, he's the Elton who doesn't play piano, wear odd glasses and a wig. Reknowned for his 'edgy' humour, Elton's big foray into feature films is a self-aware wank. Instead of making a film about the oddball characters his work normally exhibits, he's made a film about... him. Oh sodding dear.

Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are all in love. And they want to have a baby. Cue lots of rogering and lots of disappointment for Hugh and Joely. Oh, the misery, no baby for us, say the happily pert couple. Meanwhile, working at the BBC, Hugh is struggling to come up with an idea of a script. "I know," shreiks Hugh, "I'll make a film about me and my infertile wife! That'll be amusing!" It's about at this point everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, realises that Hugh is going to find himself in a bit of wifely bother at a later date. Everyone, that is, but Hugh. Connect the dots from there.

So it's a gormless 30 something family flick. Not a crime in itself, but coming from the man behind the Young Ones, you expect something a little less grown up. And plain. And unimaginative.
There are sparks of his former glory. Some of the gags have a very Farrelly Brothers feel about them. Any time Rowan Atkinson dons a lab coat and positions himself behind the stirrup table, you know you're going into icky territory, but this only serves to remind you that this is a Ben Elton film and should have been that bizarre all the way through. In a bid to be Mr Sensitive (and Mr Commercially Viable) Elton has lost his way. It'd be like me trying to write a film review in a respected publication. "Oy! Parry! Get over yourself, ya great hairy lump o'shite! Use small words! And swear a lot!"

That's me put in my place.

Maybe Baby is a disappointment. Not the worst thing you'll see, but far from the best. If it was a TV movie, you'd record it for mum and change over to the footy.

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User Comments

10/03/19 Louise (the real one) The book is way better. 2 stars
5/23/04 john bale Offbeat romantic comedy which proves moderately funny despite a strong cast and writer 3 stars
11/25/03 bob enjoyed it 3 stars
9/03/01 Virginia I loved the movie and James Purefoy was divine as Carl Phipps 5 stars
6/08/01 hum eh, not up to expectations 3 stars
4/29/01 Dom Corleone really enjoyable - a must for fans of eltons work 5 stars
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  24-Aug-2001 (R)


  17-Aug-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Ben Elton

Written by
  Ben Elton

  Hugh Laurie
  Joely Richardson
  Rowan Atkinson
  Emma Thompson
  Dawn French
  Joanna Lumley

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