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The Next Best Thing (2000)

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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.

Director: John Schlesinger
Writer: Tom Ropelewski

Release Date: 2000-03-03
Status: Released
Run time: 108 min / 1:48
Budget: $25,000,000
Revenue: $24,362,772
Production Companies : Paramount, Lakeshore Entertainment
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2000-03-03
Status: Released
Run time: 108 min / 1:48
Budget: $25,000,000
Revenue: $24,362,772

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as Abbie Reynolds
Rupert Everett
as Robert Whittaker
Benjamin Bratt
as Ben Cooper
Malcolm Stumpf
as Sam
Josef Sommer
as Richard Whittaker
Suzanne Krull
as Annabel
Linda Larkin
as Kelly
Illeana Douglas
Michael Vartan
Lynn Redgrave
Neil Patrick Harris


Directing John Schlesinger Director
Writing Tom Ropelewski Screenplay
Production Leslie Dixon Producer
Production Linne Radmin Producer
Production Tom Rosenberg Producer
Camera Elliot Davis Director of Photography
Editing Peter Honess Editor
Production Mali Finn Casting
Art Howard Cummings Production Design
Art David Lazan Art Direction
Art Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Ruth Myers Costume Design
Production Gary Lucchesi Executive Producer

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  • The Next Best Thing Reviews. [Madonna] can barely muster even the rudiments of human expression. Dry dialogue, too many contrived situations and a frightfully wooden performance by Madonna. The movie is a multi-genre mess: Half campy gay romp, a quarter weepy romance, a quarter courtroom drama. All of it is bad.

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