Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
United Kingdom, 2000. Pandora Cinema, BBC Films. Screenplay by Ben Elton, based on his novel Inconceivable. Cinematography by Roger Lanser. Produced by Phil McIntyre. Music by Colin Towns. Production Design by Jim Clay. Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard. Film Editing by Peter Hollywood.
Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who are having an extremely difficult time getting pregnant. Despite making sure to have sex at all the exact times she ovulates, plus consulting all manner of medicinal advice, from the most to the least orthodox, it just does not seem to be happening for them. The ordeal is threatening to tear them apart, particularly when Richardson meets handsome actor James Purefoy at the talent agency where she works and Laurie decides to write a screenplay about their parenting difficulties against her wishes. From the setup it would seem obvious that the film would be effortless in its charm, and you get the impression that it should be funny, but Ben Elton’s direction is leaden and uninspired, and after the first energetic twenty minutes, the whole thing is dreadfully boring. The only charm it has, other than great performances from the two leads (Richardson is particularly winning as the heroine) are watching for the too-short cameos by famous British talents, including Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French and Rowan Atkinson. Even the theme song in this one (sung badly by Paul McCartney) is mega-lame.