The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing Information

The Next Best Thing is a 2000 American comedy-drama film, the final film directed by John Schlesinger. It stars Madonna, Rupert Everett, and Benjamin Bratt. It was a critical and commercial failure.


Two best friendsone 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.



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 19% 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".

Box office

The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making USD$5,870,387, behind The Whole Nine Yards. The film grossed only $14,990,582 domestically and $24,362,772 worldwide on a $25 million budget, making it a box office bomb.


Madonna won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, and the film was nominated for other Razzies including:

  • 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)
It was nominated as Outstanding Film at the 2001 GLAAD Media Awards, but lost to Billy Elliot.


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, Australia, Germany, and Japan. The album also included tracks by Moby, Beth Orton, Christina Aguilera, and Groove Armada.

  1. "Boom Boom Ba" - Métisse
  2. "Bongo Bong" - Manu Chao
  3. "Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)" - Christina Aguilera
  4. "American Pie" - Madonna
  5. "This Life" - Mandalay
  6. "If Everybody Looked the Same" - Groove Armada
  7. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" - Moby
  8. "I'm Not in Love" - Olive
  9. "Stars All Seem to Weep" - Beth Orton
  10. "Time Stood Still" - Madonna, William Orbit
  11. "Swayambhu" - Solar Twins
  12. "Forever and Always" - Gabriel Yared

See also

  • List of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender-related films by storyline

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