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The Next Best Thing (2000)

 -  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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£280,386 (UK) (23 June 2000)

Gross:

£662,413 (UK) (7 July 2000)
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Rupert Everett disliked the script and originally turned the role down. Paramount wanted to hire Everett so much that they offered him a producing and writing credit and the right to pick his co-star. Everett picked his longtime friend, Madonna. During production, Everett was fired as producer and co-writer. See more »

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In the end credits, Illeana Douglas is named "Elizabeth Ryder", but her character's name plate on the desk visible in the movie reads "Caroline Ryder". See more »

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[Talking about Abbie and Robert's baby]
Annabelle: Of course he'll be gorgeous.
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She still can't act
15 April 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this -- really, I did. I thought it would be a sweet, charming and tugging-at-the-heartstrings comedy. But I was TOO hopeful.

Story in one sentence: two best friends (one gay, one straight) end up in bed together, have a son, raise him together, everything hunky-dory until she wants to marry someone else and the little family gets screwed up.

Let's talk about what's the worst: the script, hands down. Everything is so spliced in or cut out it's just terrible. The transitions are so choppy, that we barely have enough time to understand the undeveloped characters -- they're just thrown at us and next thing you know, it's years later. It's unrealistic and it's too fictional to really understand or get into. Madonna is suffering from never finding Mr. Right, Rupert is the gay buddy that "somewhat" turns into the bad guy and poor Benjamin is just caught in the middle. We don't know WHO to hate in this movie -- that's pretty much the hard part. Everyone is in the bad guy role, they just don't fit it due to the fact they all need sympathy.

As for Madonna, yes, it's obvious she took lessons. The problem would be that she is way too conscious of the camera. Her husband commented once that she needs to let the director direct -- and I think that's a huge problem with her performance. She is just "too beautiful" in this movie. I mean, she's supposed to be sobbing her eyes out and she looks up and is all glistening and pretty. Sorry, but in order for me to believe her I want to see it on her face that she's worried -- you know, red eyes, puffy cheeks, smeared makeup -- the works. Madonna had too much creative control in this and it's obvious. Her expressions don't fit her tone of voice either; she seems to blink consciously and doesn't have much expression -- but hey, close your eyes and listen to her and you'll see that she's making progress.

All in all, a good storyline put to a bad script and bad performances. Anyone who tells you this is a great movie is obviously a star-struck Madonna fan.


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