The Next Best Thing
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|The Next Best Thing|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Schlesinger|
|Written by||Thomas Ropelewski|
|Music by||Gabriel Yared|
|Edited by||Peter Honess|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures (USA)
Touchstone Pictures (international)
Two best friends – one a straight woman, Abbie, the other a gay man, Robert – decide to have a child together. Five years later, Abbie falls in love with a heterosexual man and wants to move away with him and Robert's little boy Sam, and a nasty custody battle ensues.
- Madonna as Abbie Reynolds
- Rupert Everett as Robert Whittaker
- Benjamin Bratt as Ben Cooper
- Michael Vartan as Kevin Lasater
- Josef Sommer as Richard Whittaker
- Lynn Redgrave as Helen Whittaker
- Malcolm Stumpf as Sam
- Neil Patrick Harris as David
- Illeana Douglas as Elizabeth Ryder
- Mark Valley as Cardiologist
- Suzanne Krull as Annabel
- Stacy Edwards as Finn
- William Mesnik as Ashley
The film began as an original screenplay, The Red Curtain, by Thomas Ropelewski, which he intended to direct, with his wife Leslie Dixon to produce. It was announced to be made in 1995 with Richard Dreyfuss attached as star; he dropped out then Helen Hunt was named as female lead. She was eventually replaced by Madonna and then Rupert Everett signed on as star. Filming took place between 23 April and 30 June 1999. It was later claimed the script was extensively rewritten by Ryan Murphy and Rupert Everett.
Although it was made to be a sympathetic story about gay people worked on in part by two openly gay men behind the scenes (director John Schlesinger and costar Rupert Everett), the film was brutally slammed by critics. Roger Ebert gave the film one star, stating: "The Next Best Thing is a garage sale of gay issues, harnessed to a plot as exhausted as a junkman's horse."
The film holds a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "Story elements clash and acting falls short." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 25/100 rating, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". In Leonard Maltin's annual movie rating book, the film is given a BOMB rating.
The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making USD$5,870,387, behind The Whole Nine Yards. The film grossed $14,990,582 domestically and $24,362,772 worldwide on a $25 million budget.
- Worst Director - John Schlesinger (lost to Roger Christian for Battlefield Earth)
- Worst Picture (lost to Battlefield Earth)
- Worst Screenplay - Thomas Ropelewski (lost to Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro for Battlefield Earth)
- Worst Screen Couple - Madonna and either Rupert Everett or Benjamin Bratt (lost to John Travolta and "anyone sharing the screen with him" in Battlefield Earth)
|The Next Best Thing
(Music from the Motion Picture)
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||February 21, 2000|
|Genre||Soundtrack, pop, electronica, dance|
|Label||Maverick, Warner Bros.|
|Producer||Madonna, William Orbit, Various|
|Singles from The Next Best Thing|
The Next Best Thing' is a soundtrack album released by Maverick Records on February 21, 2000. It was released to accompany and promote the 2000 film, The Next Best Thing. It reached number 34 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
Madonna was executive producer on the soundtrack and hand-picked all the tracks that appear. The soundtrack went to number 34 on the Billboard 200 and spawned one new single from Madonna. The album boasted two new songs from Madonna, "Time Stood Still" (an original track written and produced with William Orbit) and a cover of Don McLean's "American Pie". The latter track was a #1 around the world, climbing to the top of the charts in the UK, Italy, Australia, Germany, and Japan. The album also included tracks by Moby, Beth Orton, Christina Aguilera, and Groove Armada.
- "Boom Boom Ba" - Métisse
- "Bongo Bong" - Manu Chao
- "Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)" - Christina Aguilera
- "American Pie" - Madonna
- "This Life" - Mandalay
- "If Everybody Looked the Same" - Groove Armada
- "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" - Moby
- "I'm Not in Love" - Olive
- "Stars All Seem to Weep" - Beth Orton
- "Time Stood Still" - Madonna, William Orbit
- "Swayambhu" - Solar Twins
- "Forever and Always" - Gabriel Yared
- The Next Best Thing at Box Office Mojo
- Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 258-260
- Ebert, Roger (3 March 2000). "The Next Best Thing Movie Review (2000) | Roger Ebert". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- The Next Best Thing at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Next Best Thing at Metacritic
- "> Discography > The Next Best Thing". Madonna.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.