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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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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)  »

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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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 »

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

Quotes

Sam: Daddy, are you a 'faggot'?
Robert: Where did you hear that word?
Sam: Kyle told it to me
Robert: And did Kyle tell you what it means?
Sam: Yes.
Robert: Well, what does it mean?
Sam: It's when two boys kiss and they go to the opera.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Stars All Seem To Weep
Written and Performed by Beth Orton
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Produced by Ben Watt (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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