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The Next Best Thing (2000)

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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

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 June 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Una pareja casi perfecta 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script, Abbie worked as a swimming instructor. After reading it, Madonna decided that the character should be a yoga instructor. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Robert is talking to Ben across the street of Sam's school, Robert's head keeps changing positions between shots. In one shot he is looking toward Ben and in another shot he is looking at the school, then it goes back to the other shot when hes looking at Ben. See more »

Quotes

[Talking about Abbie and Robert's baby]
Annabelle: Of course he'll be gorgeous.
Kelly: Will he be gay?
Abbie: My God, will your kids be stupid?
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Connections

References The Gay Divorcee (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

In Flight Music"
Written and Performed by Paul French
Courtesy of Marlowlynn Limited
Under license from Zomba Music Service, Inc.
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AAAAAARRRGH(gurgle)
7 March 2005 | by cephalopod2005See 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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