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The Next Best Thing (2000)

PG-13 | | 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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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3 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,870,387 (USA) (3 March 2000)

Gross:

$14,983,572 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Trivia

Tom Ropelewski was originally set to direct, only to be replaced by John Schlesinger. 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 »

Quotes

Ben: Are you gay, or are you just acting gay?
Robert: Well, that depends, are you interested are are you just acting interested?
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References Swing Time (1936) See more »

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American Pie
Written and Performed by Don McLean
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Its Been months since I've seen it, and I still can't get the rotten taste out of my mouth
31 December 2000 | by (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Its been months since my wife dragged me to see this film, and I still can't get the rotten taste out of my mouth. Ten minutes into the movie she and I were looking at our watches, wondering how much more we were in for. At that point we knew we had a film that could surpass The Postman (the Costner movie, not the Italian one) in trite pompousness. The only positive thing I can say I gained from The Next Best Thing is that it has given me a new concrete reference for the term "Bad Movie" (it nudged Postman out by a nose).

I want to express, these feelings don't come from any bias I may have against Madonna or any of the other actor's involved in it(including TVs Doogie Hauser), in fact I have a great deal of respect for Madonna's business acumen and her ability to continually re-invent herself. A big part of her past success has come from her wisdom to surround herself with capable people, but that seems to have not made a difference this time. The usually engaging Rupert Everett walks woodenly through every scene. Julia Roberts' 'Squeeze' Benjamin Bratt stumbles through his poorly written lines. And as for Madonna herself--what accent is that you're affecting?

Stay Away, stay away in droves. Or better yet, watch it, and learn what real pain is.


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