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

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The Red Curtain  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£662,413 (UK) (7 July 2000)
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During rehearsals, Rupert Everett accidentally bumped into John Schlesinger. Schlesinger fell and chipped his coccyx. 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 »

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Young Girl: I know what a faggot is. That it what my dad calls someone who cuts him off in traffic.
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References Flying Down to Rio (1933) See more »

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Swayambhu
Written by Joanna Stevens and David Norland
Performed by Solar Twins
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
Produced by David Norland (uncredited)
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I've Fallen and I can't get up
4 April 2001 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

`The Next Best Thing' was excruciatingly slow. From the start the plot left a lot to be desired. On several different occasions I hoped the movie would end, but it just kept on. The acting was mediocre at best, but even the best actors would have had little to work with. Unfortunately `TNBT' made it to the top of `Movies I wish I had never seen.'


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