The Next Best Thing

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Story elements clash and acting falls short.



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Madonna and Rupert Everett star in this comic drama about a mismatched couple whose unconventional choices lead to an unusual dilemma. Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends, but since Robert is gay, their friendship never progresses into a romance. However, both Abbie and Robert desperately want to be parents, and they agree to have a child that they will raise together. This raises a few eyebrows, especially from Robert's mother (Lynn Redgrave) and Vera (Illeana Douglas), a close friend of Robert's who is secretly in love with him and wants the sort of relationship with him that he has with Abbie. Robert and Abbie go through with their plan, but when Robert meets and falls in love with another man, he decides he wants custody of the child, setting in motion a bitter dispute. Everett co-wrote the screenplay for The Next Big Thing; it was Everett's first produced screenplay, though he previously published a novel.

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as Abbie Reynolds
Rupert Everett
as Robert Whittaker
Illeana Douglas
as Elizabeth Ryder
Lynn Redgrave
as Helen Whittaker
Josef Sommer
as Richard Whittaker
Mark Valley
as Cardiologist
John Carroll Lynch
as Abbie's Lawyer
Tiffany Paulsen
as Young Mother
Joan Axelrod
as Bel Air Matron
George Axelrod
as Bel Air Man
Jack Betts
as Vernon
Father Terrance Sweeney
as Priest at Funeral
Anna Garduno
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Frank James
as Dad at Airport
Tom Burke
as Tom, Annabel's Husband
Benjamin Koldyke
as Kelly's Boyfriend
Marie Chambers
as Party Guest No. 1
Lucas Lee Krost
as Party Guest No. 2
Glenn Tannous
as Party Guest No. 3
Jessica Sara
as Kid No. 3
Holly Houston
as Yoga Student
Laurent Schwaar
as Restaurant Manager
Patrick Price
as Maitre D'
Jay Karnes
as Kevin's Lawyer
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Rupert and Madonna re friends who have a drunken night.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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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
xGary Xx

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

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Not too bad...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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