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  • Actors: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas, Michael Vartan
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: Tom Ropelewski
  • Producers: Gary Lucchesi, Leslie Dixon, Lewis Manilow, Linne Radmin, Marcus Viscidi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000057X1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dolby Digital 5.0 English
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish

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The Next Best Thing offers the pairing of Rupert Everett and Madonna and you'd be hard-pressed to find a modern-day couple as impossibly glamorous; their casting as common folk in the gay-parenting drama is just one of the film's myriad problems (have we ever needed to see these two pushing grocery carts in a supermarket?). Best friends in sun-dappled LA (he's a landscaper, she's a yoga instructor), Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Everett) fall into an amorous embrace on a fateful Fourth of July after a few too many martinis. Robert's gay, which complicates things; even more complicating is Abbie's confession a few weeks later that she's with child. Six years later, Robert, Abbie, and their son Sam are all living together peacefully and happily--that is, until a hunky investment banker (Benjamin Bratt) starts making eyes at Abbie, throwing their carefully constructed dynamic into disarray.

Lazily directed by Oscar-winner John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) with an eye towards his actors' muscle tone rather than characterisations (even the kid does yoga), the faults in The Next Best Thing aren't solely on the shoulders of its miscast stars, but rather the painfully inept screenplay by Tom Ropelewski (Look Who's Talking Now). With cardboard dialogue that sounds like bad first-draft material--including wailing by Madonna about how she can't find a man (ha!) and a gym-buffed Everett complaining about gay male body image (double ha!)--the movie stumbles from domestic comedy to custody-suit tragedy when it takes a bizarre left turn in the third act. Any statements about new definitions of family are buried underneath these dubious events, which (of course) provide teary courtroom outbursts for both leads. Everett has a quick way with a one-liner, and Madonna is more relaxed than she's ever been in a film, but Schlesinger just tosses them in front of the camera with no help whatsoever; the supporting cast, including Lynn Redgrave, Neil Patrick Harris, and Illeana Douglas, is also left to flounder inexplicably. There's a thoughtful and provocative movie to be made about gay parents, but The Next Best Thing certainly isn't it. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By e.lethbridge@wkac.ac.uk on 8 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The Next Best Thing was slightly dissapointing as not very much seemed to actually happen through the course of the film. The plot was rather weak and predictable at times, but it has some funny moments. The main actors performances were very convincing, especially Rupert Everett's, although Madonna's acsent was some what confusing - was she surposed to be English? The ending of the film is quite sad as we see the idealised vision of gay man and best friend raising a child together eventually failing, and as with so many Hollywood films the gay figure is portrayed as being unable to fit into 'normal' society. On reflection the film was not as bad as has been made out, it has the ability to make you laugh and cry, and if you don't expect too much you will be pleasently surprised.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By debbie holland on 20 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
hmmm... neither madly for or against Madonna/Rupert Everett, I can honestly say this film didn't know what it was - romantic comedy or political statement, which it is neither. Eventually you have no compassion for either character, as the direction of the film is confusing and both characters end up appearing selfish and vain! That is not saying anything bad about the acting of anyone in the film - it's just a lousy plot, and disastrously directed! Only for die-hard Madonna fans - at a push!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I was just going to type the word 'rubbish' 100 times, but that would not be very constructive.
Please do not waste any money on this film. Even if you're a Madonna fan (though there can't be that many fans who rate her acting over her music) you will be disappointed.
The film's premise has already been used, to much better effect, in The Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.
Rupert Everett seems like a lovely man and a good actor, though I don't see how this can have been a challenging role.
The problem is Madonna. She CANNOT act and she shouldn't be allowed to keep having a go at it. Movie goers are not (in the main) idiots and just because someone is famous for one thing, it does not mean they will attract crowds to other art forms they are involved in.
Over many years, Madge has proved she cannot act for toffee. She is always wooden and never exudes any warmth or humility. I therefore don't care what happens to her character in this film or any other she has been in.
I wish someone would just tell her not to bother with the acting and get on with what she does best - exploiting any up and coming trend in music to make it seem like she invented it.
Do not touch this with someone else's barge pole. It is pants.
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This is the story of a gay man (Rupert Everett) and his best friend (Madonna) who sleep together and then she becomes pregnant. They decide to raise the child who they name Sam together. After 6 years of raising Sam together the best friend, mother to the gay man's child meets Mr. Right. However Mr. Right wants to move to New York for his Carrer and wants best friend and Sam to move with him.

It is an emotional story that made me laugh and cry. I would recommend you see it, if you haven't already.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Lewis on 4 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
Well, by now, you all know what this film is about. You've all heard the press reviews, the slating, the bitching, I'm sure. But let me tell you, as objectively as I can, being a HUGE Madonna fan, that this film really isn't that bad.
Let me start by saying that I think it's unfair of anyone to say that Madonna cannot act. We've all seen Evita, and as much as it was a dangerous gamble re-creating a musical on screen, Madonna shone in that - and has the Golden Globe to prove it. Yet we still go on about how terrible an actress she is. The trouble with someone as successful as Madonna, and as creative and fortunate as Madonna, is that when she does something that doesn't quite match the standard to which we expect it is BIG news! Finally, she's not as good as everyone is saying. She isn't the Genius everyone says she is. Having this ammunition is great for detractors and people who don't really like Madonna. It always gets raked up.
However, Madonna doesn't shine so much in this film. What is apparent from time to time in this film is her comic timing (something which I think was visibly impressive, yet totally inappropriate in Swept Away) which is actually quite good. Personally I'd like to see Madonna in a proper good rom-com - something like My Best Friends Wedding could be perfect for her to turn her hand to - let's not forget that even an Oscar-winning actress like Julia Roberts has played her fair share of non-credible yet totally fabulous roles. Madonna, like with her music, wants to be the best. She wants adoration, recognition, appreciation (the Kabbalah seriously hasn't affected her appetite and ambition in that sense) and perhaps she won't actually find it in acting.
With this in mind, she could still be a good actress, starring in fun, up-beat films that people like.
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By steven Green on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When abbie played by madonna has a baby with her best gay friend played by rupert everret trauma is just round the corner. This film isnt the best ever on celluloid ,but it raises issues and is a fine watch. Possibly more a chick flick - but i found it good and enjoyed it.
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