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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.



(as Thomas Ropelewski)
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Red Curtain  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,983,572 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During rehearsals, Rupert Everett accidentally bumped into John Schlesinger. Schlesinger fell and chipped his coccyx. See more »


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 »


Robert's Mother: 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]
Robert's Mother: Well, he's here.
Sam: Smelling salts. Smelling salts.
[Pretends to faint]
Sam: Grandma, why aren't you fainting with me?
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References Sabrina (1954) See more »


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7 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So bad it's good. Or something. At least, I didn't actually vomit up my Hungry-Man TV Dinner -- I sat glued to the screen, fascinated with Madonna's vapid-rapid-blink "acting" style, Benjamin Bratt's inability to manufacture charm, and the fact that the normally appealing Rupert Everett was markedly repugnant in this film. Madonna looks equally strange. The creature/product has been molded into something quite cute at various stages in her career, but in this vehicle she looks like she's been hitting the steroid needle. I tried and tried but was unable to analyze just what was wrong with her. You be the judge! Watch it! Preferably with some unsuspecting friends and gallons of alcohol.

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