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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Abbie Reynolds
... Robert Whittaker
... Ben Cooper
... Elizabeth Ryder
... Kevin Lasater
... Richard Whittaker
Malcolm Stumpf ... Sam
... Helen Whittaker
... David
... Cardiologist
... Annabel
... Finn
... Abbie's Lawyer
Fran Bennett ... Judge Tracey Bennett
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 »

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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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Also Known As:

The Red Curtain  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was in development in 1995, Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss were originally intended to star as Abbie and Robert respectively. See more »

Goofs

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

Young Girl: I know what a faggot is. That it what my dad calls someone who cuts him off in traffic.
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References Holiday (1938) 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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AAAAAARRRGH(gurgle)
7 March 2005 | by 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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