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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.

Director:

John Schlesinger

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Tom Ropelewski (as Thomas Ropelewski)
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Fran Bennett ... Judge Tracey Bennett
Ricki Lopez Ricki Lopez ... Angel
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Curtain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,870,387, 5 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,990,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,362,772
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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Ropelewski was originally set to direct, only to be replaced by John Schlesinger. 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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The Next WORST thing, more like!
28 December 2000 | by Jen_UKSee all my reviews

Oh dear.

Don't get me wrong, I love Madonna as a singer and a bloody good one she is too. And she was good in Evita. But no matter how hard she tries she is still Madonna, and as 'Abbie' in this travesty of a film, she proves that she really should stick to the day job (i.e - singing)

I'm trying to be constructive, but this film is truly apalling. Admittedly, Rupert and Madonna are hindered by one of the worst, most hackneyed screen plays I have heard in many a year. Hear are just a few snippets of the trite, contrived, cliched dialogue:

"Being a parent takes more that DNA!!"

"I take sick companies and make them well"

"I miss him. He was totally me!"

The use of gay stereotypes is utterly apalling (I would be outraged if I were a gay man) the plot is dull and the characters are so thinly developed that there is no room for empathy. We learn next to nothing about the character of Abbie (nor do we care) and Rupert's Robert is simply a gay stereotype - I can't believe that he read the script and then agreed to accept the part. Perhaps he was feeling under the weather at the time and his judgement was impaired. Whatever the case, by the time the brat of a kid has his fate decided, you really could not care less what happened to him, Rupert or Madonna. All that stopped me hitting the fast forward button at regular intervals, was the unintentional, self parodic hilarity of this film. A prime example being the impromptu performance of 'American Pie' around the grave of one of the bloke's boyfriend's. Supposedly a poignant touch, this is unintentionally hilarious and has to be seen to be believed.

Avoid it at all costs, unless you have a fondness for seriously bad films, unintentional, self parodic humour, wooden, over-the-top acting, a wafer thin plot, characters who are little more than stereotypes and contrived dialogue. Need I go on?


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