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Writer (WGA):
Tom Ropelewski (written by)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He was smart, handsome and single. When her biological clock was running out, he was... the next best thing. See more »
Plot:
Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Madonna ... Abbie Reynolds

Rupert Everett ... Robert Whittaker

Benjamin Bratt ... Ben Cooper

Illeana Douglas ... Elizabeth Ryder

Michael Vartan ... Kevin Lasater

Josef Sommer ... Richard Whittaker
Malcolm Stumpf ... Sam

Lynn Redgrave ... Helen Whittaker

Neil Patrick Harris ... David

Mark Valley ... Cardiologist

Suzanne Krull ... Annabel

Stacy Edwards ... Finn

John Carroll Lynch ... Abbie's Lawyer
Fran Bennett ... Judge Tracey Bennett
Ricki Lopez ... Angel
Ramiro Fabian ... Flavio

Tiffany Paulsen ... Young Mother
Joan Axelrod ... Bel Air Matron
George Axelrod ... Bel Air Man

Jack Betts ... Vernon
William Mesnik ... Ashby

Irene Roseen ... Lena

Gavin Lambert ... Ricky
'Gangsta' Terrell Anderson ... Rapper #1
'Kmac' Kelly Garmon ... Rapper #2
'Browski' James Reese ... Rapper #3
'Dutch' Amoa Chester ... Rapper #4
Thomas Bankowski ... Omar
Colton Ford ... Glen (as Glenn Sakazian)
Terrance Sweeney ... Priest at Funeral
Anna Garduno ... Coffee Shop Waitress
Frank James ... Dad at Airport

Linda Larkin ... Kelly
Tom Burke ... Tom - Annabel's Husband

Benjamin Koldyke ... Kelly's Boyfriend
Marie Chambers ... Party Guest #1
Lee Lucas ... Party Guest #2
Glenn Tannous ... Party Guest #3

Caitlin Wachs ... Rachel
Maxx Tepper ... Kyle

Jessica Sara ... Kid #3

Katelin Petersen ... Kid #4
Holly Houston ... Yoga Student
Kimberley Davies ... Hostess (as Kimberly Davies)
Alvin H. Einbender ... Male Diner

Laurent Schwaar ... Restaurant Manager

Patrick Price ... Maitre'd
Michael Arnon ... Waiter

Jay Karnes ... Kevin's Lawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael R Bowman ... Waiter (uncredited)

Rebekah Hoyle ... Orderly (uncredited)
Sean Ireland ... Friend at Funeral (uncredited)

Tim Phoenix ... Bumper Car Racer (uncredited)

Marcio Rosario ... Bartender (uncredited)

Lenny Wilson ... Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Schlesinger 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom Ropelewski (written by) (as Thomas Ropelewski)

Produced by
Leslie Dixon .... producer
Gary Lucchesi .... executive producer
Lewis Manilow .... executive producer
Linne Radmin .... producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
Ted Tannebaum .... executive producer
Marcus Viscidi .... co-producer
Richard S. Wright .... co-producer
Meredith Zamsky .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Honess 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
 
Art Direction by
David Lazan  (as David S. Lazan)
 
Set Decoration by
Jan K. Bergstrom 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Burton .... supervising makeup artist
Pinky Cunningham .... assistant hair stylist
Susan Germaine .... supervising hair-stylist
Michael Lorenz .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... makeup artist: Madonna
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Madonna
Alex Proctor .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
James McQuaide .... post-production supervisor
Marcus Viscidi .... unit production manager
Richard S. Wright .... unit production manager (as Richard Wright)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Romolo Fiorelli .... second second assistant director
Peter Kohn .... first assistant director
Scott Robertson .... second assistant director
Ruby Stillwater .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Brook Bacon .... set dresser
James Buckley .... set dresser
Michael Casey .... lead person
Carl Cassara .... set dresser
Kevin Chambers .... set dresser
Emily Crupper .... set decorating clearances
Randall C. Engle .... propmaker foreperson
Tracy Farrington .... property master
Rob Garlow .... propmaker foreperson
Jim Gmuer .... set dresser
Robert Loyal Good .... props assistant
Donald Goodman .... drapery foreman (as Don Goodman)
Tom Hrupcho .... paint foreperson
Don Kaeding .... set dresser (as Donald Kaeding)
Noelle King .... set designer
Aimee Levine .... art department assistant
Marik 'Travis' Little .... set dresser (as Mark Little)
Greg Lynch .... set dresser
Kevin Mangan .... greensperson
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
David Mitchell .... set dresser
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Lisa Penaranda .... set decorating coordinator
Steve Pfauter .... set dresser
Thomas Power .... set dresser (as Tom Power)
Aimee Rousey .... art department coordinator
Nicholas Rymond .... set dresser (as Nick Raymond)
John Sweeney .... assistant property master
Jason Sweers .... graphic designer
Randall D. Wilkins .... set designer (as Randall Wilkins)
Richard W. Jones .... on-set greens foreman (uncredited)
Allen Lafferty .... propmaker (uncredited)
Caryn Marcus .... property assistant (uncredited)
Maureen Osborne .... buyer (uncredited)
Chris Samp .... set painter gang boss (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Bob Beher .... foley supervisor
Brian Best .... sound effects editor (as Brian T. Best)
Gary Blufer .... additional sound effects
Daniel R. Chavez .... sound effects coordinator
Bradley Clouse .... assistant sound editor (as Bradley J. Clouse)
Marc Deschaine .... adr assistant
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Mark C. Grech .... second boom operator
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Mildred Iatrou .... dialogue editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voight)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Becky Sullivan .... adr supervisor
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
David Wolowic .... first assistant sound editor (as Dave Wolowic)
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... sound editorial support (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Nelson .... special effects assistant
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Brandon Trost .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor: NP3DFX (uncredited)
Erik Strauss .... visual effects producer: NP3DFX (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... rigging chief lighting technician (as Michael Amorelli)
Pasquale Attanasio .... rigging grip
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Thornton Bayliss .... rigging grip
Otto Emilio Betancourt .... rigging grip
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera (as Kirk L. Bloom)
John Buckley .... chief lighting technician
Kenny Carceller .... rigging first company grip
Jeffrey A. Cook .... lighting technician
Thomas Crawford .... grip
Robert S. Dilly .... additional lighting technician (as Robert Dilley)
Greg Fausak .... second company grip
Aaron Felton .... grip (as Arron Felton)
Bill Fine Jr. .... lighting technician (as Bill W. FIne)
John Fine .... lighting technician
Ismael 'Izzy' Gonzalez .... rigging lighting technician (as Ismael Gonzalez)
Kirt Harding .... second company rigging grip
Mark Jackson .... first assistant camera
Doug Keegan .... lighting technician
Christopher J. Lama .... lighting technician (as Christopher Lama)
Richard Mall .... first company grip
Marc Marino .... rigging lighting technician
John Joseph Minardi .... grip (as John Minardi)
Mazi Mitchell .... lighting technician
John Nuler .... camera operator
David Pearlberg .... dolly grip
Bruce Pearn .... lighting technician
Robbie Redner .... rigging lighting technician (as Robert Redner)
Scott Ronnow .... film loader
Gihan 'Sandy' Seneviratne .... rigging lighting technician (as Gihan Seneviratne)
John Seravic .... grip
Rand R. Vargas .... rigging grip
R. Michael Yope .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Michael Yope)
Matthew J. Barden .... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Del Castillo .... grip (uncredited)
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Christopher J. Lama .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David C. Wright .... grip (uncredited)
Giovanni Zelko .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Kevin Patrick Kelly .... casting assistant
Rich King .... extras casting
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer
Ellie Mae Aitken .... costume consultant: Madonna (as Ellie Aitken)
Gilbert S. Hernandez .... supervising set costumer
Michelle Kurpaska .... costume supervisor
Michael J. Long .... costume supervisor
Marina Marit .... costumer: Madonna
Zabel Noybarian .... seamstress
Lisa Halperin .... set costumer (uncredited)
Frank Langley .... costume constructor (uncredited)
Philip Maldonado .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Brett Carroll .... first assistant editor (as Brett De Carroll)
Winnie Cheng .... post-production coordinator
Peter Kwong .... post-production assistant
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Steve Moe .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Qually .... post-production coordinator
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Peggy Eghbalian .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Cawte .... musician: guitar
Paul Clarvis .... musician: percussion
Clem Clempson .... musician: guitar
Andrew Dorfman .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Allan Jenkins .... music score realization
Gary Jones .... music supervisor
Dave Jordan .... music coordinator (as David Jordan)
Stéphane Moucha .... orchestrator (as Stephane Moucha)
John Parricelli .... musician: guitar
Andy Pask .... musician: bass guitar
Brendan Power .... musician: harmonica solos
John Richards .... music re-mixer
John Richards .... music recordist
Liz Schrek .... music production coordinator
Robin Urdang .... music consultant
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Rolf Wilson .... orchestra leader
Gabriel Yared .... conductor
Gabriel Yared .... orchestrator
Darrell Hall .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert T. Chestnut .... transportation captain (as Robert Chesnut)
Paul E. Stroh .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
James Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Larry Ballard .... set medic
Steven F. Beaupre .... production assistant
Janey Bergam .... assistant: Rupert Everett
Bobbin Bergstrom .... medical advisor
Kim Blank .... choreographer
Scott David Brown .... production assistant (as Scott Brown)
Michele A. Carmel .... production coordinator
Deborah J. Chesebro .... production secretary
Jennifer Conroy .... assistant production coordinator
Nicky Craft .... payroll accountant
Carolyn Crimley .... studio teacher
Ellen Curry .... production assistant
Kristin Dehnert .... assistant location manager (as Kristin C. Dehnert)
Leann Emmert .... location assistant (as Leann E. Emmert)
Scott Fichter .... assistant: Mr. Schlesinger
Kimberly Flynn .... consultant: yoga
André Fortin .... dance assistant
Tiffany Fraser .... first assistant accountant (as Tiffany Reinhard)
Larry Ginsberg .... consultant: family law
Dianna Gould-Saltman .... consultant: family law
Richard Gould-Saltman .... consultant: family law
Grant Grabowski .... executive assistant: Richard Wright
Rebecca Gregg .... production assistant (as Rebecca Bentjen)
Douglas Hansen .... production financing
Matthew Hirsch .... production assistant
Chee Ho .... location assistant
Bella Honess .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Tara Nicole Hughes .... dance assistant (as Tara Nicole)
Marc A. Klutznick .... production secretary
Lisa Mantoux .... production assistant
Mike R. Manzo .... production assistant
Mary McCusker .... acting coach: Malcolm Stumpf (as Mary Mccusker)
Michael Mendelsohn .... financial consultant
John Milan .... production financing
Colleen Nybo .... post-production accountant
Sandy O'Neill .... unit publicist
Chris Palmer .... production assistant (as Christopher Palmer)
John Parker .... production accountant (as John H. Parker)
Larry Ring .... assistant location manager
Devon Sedlacek .... production assistant
Gary K. Shaw .... assistant: Mr. Schlesinger
Joel Sinderman .... location scout
Stephen Smith .... dance assistant
Jack R. Tate .... assistant location manager
Dujo 'Darko' Topic .... chef
Barbara Tuss .... script supervisor (as Barbara E. Tuss)
Kirsty Whalley .... synthesizer programming and realization
Noah Williams .... consultant: yoga
Boyd Wilson .... location manager
Jennifer Black .... stand-in: Madonna (uncredited)
Pamella D'Pella .... location scout (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Jeffrey Harris .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ryan Krayser .... pre-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Martin Anscombe .... thanks
Colette Barber .... thanks
Robert L. Benun .... thanks
Chantel Brouiges .... thanks
Christine Buckley .... thanks
Peter Fielder .... thanks
Jim Goodkind .... thanks
Lucy Jones .... thanks
Anna Molinari .... thanks
Joley Nian .... thanks
Wilke Rodriguez .... thanks
Elizabeth Schimmel .... thanks
Vivienne Tam .... thanks
Alan Watts .... thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, partial nudity and language
Runtime:
108 min | Germany:99 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Ben:Are you gay, or are you just acting gay?
Robert:Well, that depends, are you interested are are you just acting interested?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Critic: Episode #1.3" (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
If Everybody Looked The SameSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An Arrangement, 28 February 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Next Best Thing casts Madonna as a free spirited soul (some stretch of casting there) who has a one night stand with an old friend and soul mate Rupert Everett. But that's not likely to happen too often as Everett is a gay man with whom she confides her innermost.

I think Everett's character must have been based on Roddy McDowall who was a confidante to many of the rich and glamorous and unlike that other gay man who did that as well, Truman Capote, McDowall never wrote any tell all memoirs.

It rarely happens in real life, but a blessed event came from that mating and Madonna and Everett decide to move in together, not marry, but raise the child as a mother and father with each leading their separate lives. It actually does work for a while.

Madonna really gets into the mother role and Everett's a great father figure. But he never forgets his social life with friends and lovers like Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Valley.

But then Madonna meets Benjamin Bratt who wants to get married and that puts an end to the arrangements.

The Next Best Thing while a sincere effort in its own way of showing the complicated problems that gays and lesbians have with the raising of children, their own children at that, it sadly degenerates into the kind of soap opera that one finds on the Lifetime Channel. It's not a horrible film, just will never be on anyone's ten best list.

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