The Next Best Thing


A woman discovers she is pregnant after a night of drunken passion with her gay friend, and decides to have the baby, which they raise as a married couple. Things go well until mommy meets and falls in love with a good-looking guy, and then the mushy stuff hits the fan, ending up as a child custody battle in court.


108 minutes.
No persons under 10 .
Comedy, Drama

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Credits

Cast
Madonna, Rupert Everett, Illeana Douglas, Michael Vartan, Josef Sommer
Director
John Schlesinger
ScreenplayTom Ropelewski
MusicGabriel Yarred, Madonna
CinematographyElliot Davis
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby SR
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2000
Produced byLakeshore Entertainment, Paramount Pictures

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
8
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
5
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
5
The Cape Times
Wilhelm Snyman
5
The Star
Janine Walker
6
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
16
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
14
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
1
Box Office
Bridget Byrne
8
Rough Cut
Christopher Brandon
12
Total Film
Neil Smith
5
Film Review
Anwar Brett
5

What the People say

Internet
401 Netizens
10

Average .. 39%

8

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Great premise, poor execution. The dialogue in places had me wanting to groan out loud. There are one or two witty throw-away one liners, but they are few and far between. The attempts at visual comedy (read: slapstick) fall flat, at least with the (full, adult) preview audience. So labelling this a ''comedy'' is misleading. Everett's attempts at sorrow and heartbreak fail to convince, and Madonna spends the whole movie as a sulky bitch. The director had me worried a few times, when intersplicing cuts in a scene which were obviously shot at different times, in different lighting conditions, and even slightly different locations. The film also feels longer than it actually is. This is the ''American Pie'' movie, but the full version only plays over the final credits, a la Titanic.






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