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The Next Best Thing (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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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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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The Red Curtain  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,870,387 (USA) (5 March 2000)

Gross:

$14,990,582 (USA)
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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

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

Helen Whittaker: Think very carefully before you don't do it.
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Referenced in Madonna: American Pie (2000) See more »

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If Everybody Looked The Same
Written by Andrew Cato (as A. Cato), Tom Findlay (as T. Findlay), Eugene Record (as E. Record), Quinton Joseph (as Q. Joseph), James 'Jay Dee' Yancey (as J. Yancey), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammad), Q-Tip (as K. Fareed), Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor), Steve Swallow (as S. Swallow)
Performed by Groove Armada
Courtesy of Jive Electro Records
By special arrangement of Zomba Records Limited
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Its Been months since I've seen it, and I still can't get the rotten taste out of my mouth
31 December 2000 | by (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Its been months since my wife dragged me to see this film, and I still can't get the rotten taste out of my mouth. Ten minutes into the movie she and I were looking at our watches, wondering how much more we were in for. At that point we knew we had a film that could surpass The Postman (the Costner movie, not the Italian one) in trite pompousness. The only positive thing I can say I gained from The Next Best Thing is that it has given me a new concrete reference for the term "Bad Movie" (it nudged Postman out by a nose).

I want to express, these feelings don't come from any bias I may have against Madonna or any of the other actor's involved in it(including TVs Doogie Hauser), in fact I have a great deal of respect for Madonna's business acumen and her ability to continually re-invent herself. A big part of her past success has come from her wisdom to surround herself with capable people, but that seems to have not made a difference this time. The usually engaging Rupert Everett walks woodenly through every scene. Julia Roberts' 'Squeeze' Benjamin Bratt stumbles through his poorly written lines. And as for Madonna herself--what accent is that you're affecting?

Stay Away, stay away in droves. Or better yet, watch it, and learn what real pain is.


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