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The Next Best Thing (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Elizabeth Ryder
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Richard Whittaker
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Sam
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Helen Whittaker
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David
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Cardiologist
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Annabel
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Finn
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Abbie's Lawyer
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Judge Tracey Bennett
Ricki Lopez ...
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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3 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Red Curtain  »

Box Office

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

Goofs

Abbie is riding in a car. Seen from the front, her headrest is missing, but from the rear, it's present. See more »

Quotes

Robert's Mother: Do you remember that gloomy old grandpa that I told you about. The one who only comes out at night?
[Sam shakes his head yes]
Robert's Mother: Well, he's here.
Sam: Smelling salts. Smelling salts.
[Pretends to faint]
Sam: Grandma, why aren't you fainting with me?
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Connections

Referenced in The Sweetest Thing (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Make Me Love You (Till I'm Ready)
Written by Shelly Peiken and Todd Chapman
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
Produced and Arranged by Todd Chapman (uncredited)
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Good Lord !
14 June 2000 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

What´s this ?

Stop ! Don´t buy a ticket for this ! Hollywood has to stop making trash like this. I mean.. there´s nothing bad about trash but this is nothing more than simply boring. A Film about woman who wants a kid and a father who is gay and not really the father and two other guys and some other gay guys and the mother who doesn´t know what she wants from another guy who´s not gay and what .... uuuurgh ..

I´m sorry but I can´t see any more stupid films that end in a court room. If you write a script and you don´t know how to bring it to an end just choose a court room as the location. And why is Madonna such a nice person at the beginning of the film, such a cheap jerk in the middle of the film and so nice again at the end ? Why does she have to leave her best friend like that. Did they cut out the scene where a big stone falls on her head and she suddenly changes into an unfriendly bad person as well as the reverse scene ? And these stupid ... no ... it´s not worth writing about this any more.... just ignore this Film !


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