The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

Director: John Schlesinger Cast: Rupert Everett, Madonna, Benjamin Bratt


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Best buddies Abbie (Madonna), a heterosexual yoga instructor, and Robert (Rupert Everett), a gay landscaper, cope with failed relationships, the approach of middle age, and the AIDS-related death of a mutual friend by sticking together as a "family of choice." Drunk one night, they have sex, and when Abbie turns up pregnant, they decide to move in together and raise the child as decidedly unconventional co-parents. Flash forward several years and Abbie begins dating Ben (Benjamin Bratt), an investment banker. The new relationship causes tension between Abbie and Robert that ultimately leads to betrayal, courtroom confrontation, and a sudden denouement. Everett, a sometime writer of trashy comic novels such as Hello Darling, Are You Working?, reportedly supplied the film's concept and even additional dialogue, although Tom Ropelewski is the credited screenwriter. This was pop diva Madonna's first film role since the hoopla of Evita; she supplied a highly edited hit cover of Don McLean's "American Pie" and one other song for the soundtrack, which was released on her own Maverick imprint.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
UPC: 0097363342236
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG13
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Everett Robert
Madonna Abbie
Benjamin Bratt Ben
Michael Vartan Kevin
Josef Sommer Richard Whittaker
Lynn Redgrave Helen Whittaker
Malcolm Stumpf Sam
Neil Patrick Harris David
Illeana Douglas Elizabeth Ryder
Mark Valley Cardiologist
Suzanne Krull Annabel
Stacy Edwards Finn

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Douglas Axtell Sound/Sound Designer
Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration/Design
Howard Cummings Producer,Production Designer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Leslie Dixon Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Peter Honess Editor
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
David S. Lazan Art Director
Gary Lucchesi Executive Producer
Lewis Manilow Executive Producer
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Linne Radmin Producer
Terry Rodman Sound Editor
Tom Ropelewski Screenwriter
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Ted Tannenbaum Executive Producer
Marcus Viscidi Co-producer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard S. Wright Co-producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Meredith Zamsky Associate Producer

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The Next Best Thing 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The one-word headline above says it all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Next Best thing was an incredibly bad movie. The movie starts out fine then starts to get really predictable. The story was about a woman named Abbie played by Madonna who has a gay best friend named Robert played by Rupert Everett. One night when both of them are feeling lonely they become lovers. Later they find out that they have become parents as well. The two decide to raise the baby together but dont decide to get married. That would be kinda weird. Years after the child is born Abbie meet someone and decide to get married. the stroy continues and starts to get really boring. The movie gets really predictable towards the end. If you want to watch a predictable boring movie then go ahead and watch The Next Best Thing, but take my advice. The Next Best Thing wasn't worth the time or the money renting it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somethings get better with age and a little distance. I recommend watching it with an open heart. You'll see.