The Next Best Thing

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"Best friends make the best mistakes"
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 4.7  (11,590)
  • 25

The Next Best Thing is a romantic comedy-drama film released in 2000. Directed by John Schlesinger and starring big names like Madonna, Rupert Everett, and Benjamin Bratt, the movie enjoyed significant buzz before release. The movie has a runtime of around 107 minutes and a PG-13 rating. Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around Abbie and Robert, two best friends who have known each other since college. Abbie, who is played by Madonna, is a yoga instructor who is struggling to find true love, while Robert, played by Rupert Everett, is a successful entertainment lawyer who is openly gay. Despite their different personalities, the two share a strong bond and deep affection for each other.

One night, they get drunk and end up sleeping with each other. The one-night stand results in Abbie becoming pregnant with Robert's child. They both decide to raise the child together, with Robert being the biological father and Abbie being the mother. They move in together, share their lives, and raise their child as a family, although they maintain separate love lives.

Things start to become complicated when Abbie meets Ben, a handsome and charming man played by Benjamin Bratt, and falls in love with him. She finds herself caught between her love for Robert and her growing love for Ben. Meanwhile, Robert starts to feel left out and begins to question his own feelings towards Abbie. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained, and they find themselves unable to resolve their conflicting feelings.

As their situation becomes even more complicated, Abbie and Robert must finally confront the difficult choices they've made and the consequences they now face. Faced with difficult decisions that will impact their lives forever, the two must decide what is best for their child and for their own happiness.

Overall, The Next Best Thing is an intriguing portrayal of the complexity of relationships and the importance of love and friendship. The movie features strong performances from its lead actors, particularly Rupert Everett and Madonna, who display a palpable chemistry despite playing characters from different walks of life. Director John Schlesinger's direction is also noteworthy, as he showcases LA's beauty and extravagance while weaving a touching and thought-provoking story.

In conclusion, The Next Best Thing is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys romantic comedies with a little bit of drama thrown in. With strong performances, beautiful cinematography, and an enthralling storyline, it is a film that will leave you thinking long after the credits roll.

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