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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]
Well, he's here.
Smelling salts. Smelling salts.
[Pretends to faint]
Grandma, why aren't you fainting with me?
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The big surprise is that Madonna really can act. She doesn't seem forced, and she is very natural. This film is hilarious in parts, sad in others, and very touching. Rupert is in top form, of course, and the interaction between Madonna and Rupert Everett is terrific. They both play off of each other very well, and the comedy is wonderful. Madonna's scenes and one-liners are easily the best of her career. She's in top form, here. We really get to see a side of her that is soft, and not necessarily out-spoken. The plot twists, which I will not reveal, are unexpected, and are necessary to reach the end, and conclusion, of the film. Although the ending could have been a little brighter, and longer, it does at least give you insight into how this "American family" ends up. The Next Best Thing is light, and sweet. It's a wonderful film, and gave me chills, and laughter. I smiled, I laughed, and I even cried, which surprised me, because I don't ever cry at the movies. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by this film, the performances, and the direction. I give it a 10 out of 10.
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