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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

Writer:

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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He was smart, handsome and single. When her biological clock was running out, he was... the next best thing. See more »

Genres:

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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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

Gross USA:

$14,990,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,362,772
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Connections

Featured in Cinemadonna: The Next Best Thing (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Boom Boom Ba
Written by Aida Bredou and Skully
Performed by Métisse
Courtesy of Wildstar Records
By Arrangement with Telstar Special Products, Part of the Telstar Entertainment Group
Produced by Magnus Fiennes (uncredited)
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next best thing
30 April 2001 | by AppleAsylumSee all my reviews

i really liked this movie. being a yoga instructor i was impressed with madonna. being one of the biggest fans of her has nothing to do with it. i will be the 1st to say, as far as acting, well, lets just say she could be the weakest link. BUT, that only pertains to the earlier films. due to the fact that all & all the movies were bad scripts. shanghi what? next best is the right movie, the right direction,& a wonderful cast. rupert was great. benjermin bratt, aside from being beautiful, he did really well too. but it all comes down to madonna's cute dark humor that steals the show. 1-10 (9)


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