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My mom refused to see Next Best Thing, because, she said, "It looks okay but I don't like Madonna". (She actually walked out of "Evita".) My dad, who kept bugging me to leave Evita early (he actually claimed it was boring), didn't want to see The Next Best Thing either. Surprisingly, he did like this movie.
It's hard not to like The Next Best Thing, with hilarious comic bits and terrific actors (yes, I mean Madonna). Abby (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends. Abby gets dumped by her boyfriend and complains to Robert, who happens to be gay. In a hilarious scene, he helps Abby by humiliating her ex. (Robert makes a public spectacle of pretending to be the ex's gay boyfriend.)
Then, in another riotous scene, Robert and Abby get extremely sloshed - together. So sloshed and so together that Robert forgets he is gay and - sleeps with Abby. When she gets pregnant, Abby naturally assumes that Robert is the baby's father.
They move in together, and everything works well until their son Sam is about five years old. Then, at Robert's urging, Abby starts dating, and soon falls in love with a great guy. The only problem is that he wants her and Sam to move to New York with him.
Outraged at the idea of losing Sam, Robert takes Abby to court and a custody battle ensues.
Despite what other critics may say, I enjoyed The Next Best Thing and highly recommend it.