The Next Best Thing: Ron Batzdorff
October 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Next Best Thing

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
107 minutes
performer
Rupert Everett, Madonna, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas
director
John Schlesinger
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Thomas Ropelewski
genre
Romance, Comedy

We rate Madonna in ”The Next Best Thing”

MADONNA PLAYS Abbie Reynolds, yoga instructor

FRIENDS/LOVERS IN THE CAST Gay pal Rupert Everett (above left) plays Robbie Whittaker, Abbie’s gay pal and putative father to her son, who ends up fighting her for custody of the boy when she wants to take him away and go off to live with her new love, Benjamin Bratt.

DOES SHE SING? ”Time Stood Still” is on the soundtrack.

MEMORABLE MOMENT The British-accented twosome drunkenly smash up a house as a prelude to babymaking.

REDEEMING CAMP VALUE There’s the gauzy lighting that halos every close-up of the 41-year-old star. Plus, Everett’s landscaper character models some rugged gardenwear.

WHAT WE SAID THEN ”Judging from your latest [movie], you should quit while you’re behind.” (Read the full review)

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