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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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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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Best friends make the best mistakes. 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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Also Known As:

The Red Curtain  »

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$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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In the original script, Abbie worked as a swimming instructor. After reading it, Madonna decided that the character should be a yoga instructor. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Robert is talking to Ben across the street of Sam's school, Robert's head keeps changing positions between shots. In one shot he is looking toward Ben and in another shot he is looking at the school, then it goes back to the other shot when hes looking at Ben. 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 Top Hat (1935) See more »

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If Everybody Looked The Same
Written by Andrew Cato (as A. Cato), Tom Findlay (as T. Findlay), Eugene Record (as E. Record), Quinton Joseph (as Q. Joseph), James 'Jay Dee' Yancey (as J. Yancey), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammad), Q-Tip (as K. Fareed), Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor), Steve Swallow (as S. Swallow)
Performed by Groove Armada
Courtesy of Jive Electro Records
By special arrangement of Zomba Records Limited
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Almost like TV-movie
21 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I almost felt I watching tv-movie on Hallmark. Especially the last 45 minutes are like in tv-movie. The movie begins with comedy touch and later it becomes boring drama. Madonna is ok in this movie, but the film doesn't have good script. All the actors are ok. The movie isn't funny and surely isn't touching. Maybe better script should worked. If Madonna wants to become better actress, she should rely on better scripts. This film is like tv-movie; after you have watched it, you simply forget it. ** stars from ***** stars.


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