Next Best Thing

Theatrical Release: March 3, 2000
Next Best Thing


Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends. The only thing that keeps them from a romance is the fact that Robert is gay. However, a day comes when too many cocktails and a twist of fate takes them to a new level of intimacy…and turns them into parents. For the sake of the child, but without a marriage certificate, they decide to live together as a family. Through their lives, they chose to be an unconventional family unit, with each doing his and her own thing, forming other relationships, yet coming home to one another when all is said and done.
After five years of this relationship, Abbie falls in love with another man (Benjamin Bratt). When this unusual relationship proves too confusing for the child, and Abbie wants to move away with her new lover, a nasty custody battle ensues.

Dove Review

I found the material in this comedy/drama extremely offensive due to the mocking of and contempt for Christianity. In an effort to embrace alternative lifestyles, it belittles those who believe the Bible’s all to clear instruction about avoiding the practice of homosexuality. Also, the child is exposed to this unusual lifestyle, which causes confusion about sexuality. Although well acted, the filmmakers have an agenda, to cause society to embrace homosexuality.

Content Description

Language: God 2, Christ 2, F-word 1, S-word 5, expletives 12 – Sex: unmarried couple sleep together and are seen in bed, gay men embrace several times, much gay humor; promotes gay lifestyle – Nudity: graphic frontal picture of nude woman; scantily clad woman, men in underwear – Dialogue: many sexual conversations, some crude – Drugs: several scenes show drinking, twice we see drunkenness, it is implied that many of the gay characters are into drugs; anti-Christian comments, with several put-downs to organized religion.


Company: Paramount
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Mihael Vartan, Lynn Redgrave.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright