The Next Best Thing (2000)
Movie InfoBest 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. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Next Best Thing
A dreary little journey that starts as a cutesy sitcom and nosedives into leaden soap opera.
Never having decided whether it wants to be comedy or a sentimental hand-wringer, it tries to be both and winds up being neither.
Madonna never emerges as a plausible human being in the movie; she's more like a spokeswoman for a video on alternative parenting lifestyles.
This movie remains full of high Hollywood cliches.
A pleasing but mindless diversion that goes down well with buttered popcorn and a large Coke.
The very first scene in the new Madonna movie The Next Best Thing stumbles and the movie never recovers.
This astonishingly bad tearjerker, a Fannie Hurst weepie with a gay twist, is as phony as a three-dollar bill and just about as entertaining.
If you thought Madonna's singing was flat, wait until you see how listlessly she delivers her lines in this film.
The best thing for Madonna would be to give up her pursuit of a film career.
A tone-deaf disaster of the first order, poorly acted, written with no sense of shame, clumsily staged and shot, and riddled equally with cliches, embarrassments and shocking lapses in taste, judgment and craft.
The filmgoer seeking a more credible or profound exploration of the subject matter will be disappointed.
Its creaky, all-consuming insistence on its characters' normalcy entombs everything interesting about them in contrived schlock and transparent gloss-over techniques.
The filmmakers bend over so far backward to set up their climactic situation that they suck the life out of the characters.
Audience Reviews for The Next Best Thing
Will someone PLEASE tell Madonna to stick to the day job?? She's just embarrassing herself...and someone should tell Rupert Everett that having an english accent isn't enough to carry a film outside of the US' female demographic.More
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