The Next Best Thing (2000)



Critic Consensus: Story elements clash and acting falls short.

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, sexual content, partial nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Ropelewski
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2005
Paramount Home Video - Official Site


as Abbie Reynolds

as Robert Whittaker

as Elizabeth Ryder

as Helen Whittaker

as Richard Whittaker

as Annabel

as Cardiologist

as Abbie's Lawyer

as Young Mother

as Bel Air Matron

as Bel Air Man

as Vernon

as Priest at Funeral

as Coffee Shop Waitress

as Dad at Airport

as Tom, Annabel's Husb...

as Kelly's Boyfriend

as Party Guest No. 1

as Party Guest No. 2

as Party Guest No. 3

as Rachel

as Kid No. 3

as Yoga Student

as Restaurant Manager

as Maitre D'

as Kevin's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for The Next Best Thing

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

Preposterous? Yes. Ridiculous? That, too.

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
Top Critic

When one of an alleged romantic movie's principal actors is basically just reading lines, it doesn't do much for chemistry.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Denver Post
Top Critic

After the melodrama kicks in, the film turns disastrously sappy.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

John Schlesinger can't get a credible performance out of Madonna, he wastes Lynn Redgrave and Ileana Douglas, and he fails to locate the charm that Everett brought to Wedding.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Madonna has presence and grace, but her lines come out as if they've been practiced too many times in front of the mirror (in a quasi-British accent, no less).

January 1, 2000
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Two movies in one, and there's not enough breathing room for both of them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Next Best Thing

Rupert and Madonna re friends who have a drunken night.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


I paid $1.50 to see this and I felt ripped off.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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