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The Next Best Thing (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 March 2000 (USA)
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Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together.

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A comedy-drama about best friends - one a straight woman, Abbie, the other a gay man, Robert - who decide to have a child together. Five years later, Abbie falls in love with a straight man and wants to move away with her and Robert's little boy Sam, and a nasty custody battle ensues. Written by TexGuy <madonnafan@webtv.net>

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He was smart, handsome and single. When her biological clock was running out, he was... the next best thing. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£280,386 (UK) (23 June 2000)

Gross:

£662,413 (UK) (7 July 2000)
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Rupert Everett's own black Labrador Moise appears as the family pet See more »

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In the end credits, Illeana Douglas is named "Elizabeth Ryder", but her character's name plate on the desk visible in the movie reads "Caroline Ryder". See more »

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Abbie: I have something to tell you.
Robert: Is it bigger than a breadbox?
Abbie: Heh, not yet.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Written and Performed by Beth Orton
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Produced by Ben Watt (uncredited)
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Very P.C. and raises serious questions in a light-hearted way
18 June 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Madonna plays a women let down by one man too many. In a night of drunken excess, she sleep with her best friend - who happens to be gay. She is pregnant as a result and they decide to set up home as a family, remaining best friends as they take on the joint responsibilities of parenthood. Things get complicated as Madonna's character falls in love with a new suitor. Probably the most PC movie of the year. If any of the subject matter interests you, and especially if you like Madonna, go and see it. If well-told stories about nice gay men and children leave you cold, forget it. This doesn't take the Mickey out of gay people, neither does it sacrifice by way of caricature or cheesiness. Instead it raises real social questions about rights and responsibilities towards children, and without preaching.


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