The Next Best Thing (2000)

JOHN SCHLESINGER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.  

Benjamin Bratt and Madonna in The Next Best Thing

I am the biggest  fan in the entire world but even I can find very little to like in this bad comedy-drama, about a single woman who has a child with her gay best friend (). While Madonna is far more relaxed and charming than she’s ever been in a film before, her work is completely unravelled by John Schlesinger’s incoherent direction and a pitiful script by Thomas Ropelewski (which she and Everett supposedly contributed to). Everett’s performance is a lot more grating than his best friend role in My Best Friend’s Wedding, especially when the script takes him to an annoying extreme of saintliness as the plot progresses. It wouldn’t be half as bad a movie if the first two-thirds of the story were developed into a more personal final conclusion, but it veers into a Kramer Vs. Kramer-like courtroom case that turns its main characters into self-important idiots.   is once again useless and charisma-free as Madonna’s boyfriend, a guy who throws the wrench in the perfect clockwork of their dull family existence, while  and contribute a lot of good energy in their small appearances.

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