An above-average romantic comedy with some sly digs at 'Cool Britannia' and the BBC circa the late 1990s/early 2000s, Ben Elton's Maybe Baby is a more cynical alternative to the Richard Curtis school of British comedies.
Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a young couple struggling to conceive, all while Laurie's character has doubts over his job as a BBC producer. Much of Maybe Baby's comedy comes from Elton's take on a 'modernising' (read buzz-word crazy), BBC, and some not-too-subtle swipes at Irvine Welsh.
The main plot is quite straightforward in comparison, with eccentric supporting characters, some knowing montages, and an upbeat score. Despite its flashes of Elton's satirical talent, Maybe Baby consequently still works as a romantic comedy about the existential dilemmas and middle-class concerns of a London/Home Counties couple.