Samuel Faulkner(Hugh Grant) panics when he learns that his girlfriend of five years, Rebecca Taylor(Julianne Moore), is pregnant. Samuel is a child psychiatrist who is frustrated by children. Samuel doesn't want the baby, but Rebecca wants to settle down, even if she has to be a single mother. After a breakup and a makeover by Samuel's friend Sean(Jeff Goldblum), he realizes that he loves Rebecca very much, and he will love his child. Samuel proposes to Rebecca, and learns to love his child, and life.