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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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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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The Red Curtain  »

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$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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Trivia

The house that Rupert Everett stays at is actually Cecil B. DeMille's old house. 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

Abbie: I have something to tell you.
Robert: Is it bigger than a breadbox?
Abbie: Heh, not yet.
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Features The Heckle and Jeckle Show (1956) See more »

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Haven't Got Time For the Pain
Written by Carly Simon and Jacob Brackman
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Almost like TV-movie
21 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I almost felt I watching tv-movie on Hallmark. Especially the last 45 minutes are like in tv-movie. The movie begins with comedy touch and later it becomes boring drama. Madonna is ok in this movie, but the film doesn't have good script. All the actors are ok. The movie isn't funny and surely isn't touching. Maybe better script should worked. If Madonna wants to become better actress, she should rely on better scripts. This film is like tv-movie; after you have watched it, you simply forget it. ** stars from ***** stars.


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