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The Next Best Thing (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Mar 3, 2000
 UK: 23 Jun 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 29, 2000

Budget $25,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, partial nudity and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country USA

Studio Lakeshore Entertainment

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Other Titles
• The Next Best Thing
• The Red Curtain (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Suspense, Law, Love Triangle, Melodrama, Tear Jerker, Campy, Courtroom

Tagline: He was smart, handsome and single. When her biological clock was running out, he was... the next best thing.

Plot: Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends with so much in common - a joyful, unconventional approach to life; quick wit and intelligence; an endearing impulsiveness...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. A whole new world has opened up for them, and for the sake of Sam, their child (played by newcomer Malcolm Stumpf), Abbie and Robert decide to live together as a family. Theirs may not be the perfect family - but it is the next best thing.

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 Directed by
John Schlesinger
Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man, Pacific Heights
 Written by
Tom Ropelewski
The Kiss, Look Who's Talking Now, Madhouse
A League of Their Own, Four Rooms, Dick Tracy
Rupert Everett
Shrek 2, My Best Friend's Wedding, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Bratt
Traffic, Miss Congeniality, Demolition Man
Illeana Douglas
Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ghost World
Michael Vartan
One Hour Photo, Never Been Kissed, Monster-in-Law
Lynn Redgrave
Gods and Monsters, Spider, Peter Pan
Neil Patrick Harris
Starship Troopers, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother
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