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Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends with so much in common and miserable luck in love. They would make the perfect couple, but one thing prevents them from looking to each other for romance -- Robert is gay. A day comes, however, when too many cocktails and a twist of fate takes them to a new level of intimacy... and turns them into parents. Theirs may not be the perfect family -- but it is the next best thing.

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  • Feb 28, 2010
    Which movie did madonna star in as a sad yoga instructor? Which Movie Did Madonna Star With Michael Vartan And Rupert Everett? (2000 Director: John Schlesinger) At any rate, Madonna & Rupert Everett are both in rare form in this social flick about the progressive idea of good friends raising an unlikely "accidental" child together. But that is entirely too simplistic a description of the plot of this unique movie, which I loved very much (Review to be continued) Clearly I do not agree with some of my friends' reviews as I adored this movie. <div style="width:629px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/next-best-thing-8400422"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/84/00/42/8400422_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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  • Apr 25, 2008
    I really enjoyed this movie even though it's pretty hated on.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    I really enjoyed how this movie showcased the relationship between a straight woman and gay man - who better to do it than Madonna?
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2007
    I found everything from the plot outline to the happy Hollywood ending implausible. Though, it was interesting to see the possibilities if this actually happened. Very thought provoking movie. Bottom line: don't have sex before marriage! It creates so many heartbreaking problems.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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