The Next Best Thing

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: A story about best friends, one a single straight woman (Madonna) the other a gay man (Everett). One night they get drunk...she gets pregnant...and the two decide to form a family despite their sexual preferences.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 21 out of 31
  1. 69
    The two leads have a wonderful chemistry together.
  2. 50
    Funny how Madonna borrows Everett, Julia Roberts' gay pal from "My Best Friend's Wedding," and Bratt, Roberts' real-life beau, to be her co-stars. If only she could borrow her talent.
  3. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    50
    Essentially an old-fashioned weepie gussied up for Y2K.
  4. That's a few too many agendas for one film.
  5. The movie has a well-meaning message about love and loyalty being the bedrock of real family values, but its good intentions sag as the story trades its air of mischievous comedy for trite sentimentality, arbitrary plot twists, and enough maudlin melodramatics to sustain a tabloid TV series.
  6. A misguided romantic serio-comedy aimed at women and gay men that ends up caricaturing both.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    10
    A dismal film, a flop as both 21st-century romantic comedy and gay "Kramer vs. Kramer."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    A light-hearted, witty film that plays with tricky themes of friendship and fatherhood. Realistic and clever acting gives life to issues thatA light-hearted, witty film that plays with tricky themes of friendship and fatherhood. Realistic and clever acting gives life to issues that have since become central to today's world. Fortunately, institutions have eased off homosexuals of late, this film justifies those changes. Expand

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