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The Next Best Thing -- Abbie (Madonna) and her friend Robert (Rupert Everett) would make the perfect couple except for one small complication: He's gay. Well, at least they don't have to worry about sex messing up their friendship. Or do they? One night, loneliness gets the best of them, and before one can scream 'Reality Check,' Abbie and Robert become lovers and, ultimately, parents.
The Next Best Thing movie trailer - starring Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Madonna, Josef Sommer, Michael Vartan. Directed by John Schlesinger. Genre: Comedy
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The iconic John Ritter appears like you’ve never seen him before in this darkly funny three-part horror anthology. Real estate agent Bob Carter (Ritter) wants desperately to sell to a pair of newlyweds, but there’s a problem: each of the three available homes has been the site of a grisly murder. Compelled by his honest nature, Carter discloses every gory detail about the trio of tortured lives and chilling deaths that have taken place in the Terror Tract.
Pals Abbie and Robert never let sex get between them -- it's never been an issue, as he's gay. But after an unexpected tryst, Abbie becomes pregnant.
Best buddies Abbie (Madonna), a heterosexual yoga instructor, and Robert (Rupert Everett), a gay landscaper, cope with failed relationships, the approach of middle age, and the AIDS-related death of a mutual friend by sticking together as a "family of choice." Drunk one night, they have sex, and when Abbie turns up pregnant, they decide to move in together and raise the child as decidedly unconventional co-parents. Flash forward several years and Abbie begins dating Ben (Benjamin Bratt), an investment banker. The new relationship causes tension between Abbie and Robert that ultimately leads to betrayal, courtroom confrontation, and a sudden denouement. Everett, a sometime writer of trashy comic novels such as Hello Darling, Are You Working?, reportedly supplied the film's concept and even additional dialogue, although Tom Ropelewski is the credited screenwriter. This was pop diva Madonna's first film role since the hoopla of Evita; she supplied a highly edited hit cover of Don McLean's "American Pie" and one other song for the soundtrack, which was released on her own Maverick imprint.
This darkly funny thriller stars John Ritter as an agent whose honesty compels him to disclose every gory detail about the killings that took place at the properties he is desperate to sell.
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