The Next Best Thing is a comedy / drama about Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett). Even though Robert is gay they end up having a child together. They decide to raise their son, Sam (played by Malcolm Stumpf) together, but when Abbie falls in love with another man a bitter custody battle begins.

Film Facts:

  • 1999
  • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • Madonna as Abbie Reynolds

Movie Exclusives:

  • This movie was one of the reasons Madonna canceled her planned Ray Of Light World tour
  • She co-starred in it with then good friend Rupert Everett
  • Madonna put her yoga skills to good use in her part of playing the lead
  • Rupert convinced Madonna to record a cover version of ‘American Pie’ for the movie
  • ‘American Pie’ was released with Rupert on backing vocals and became a smash hit
  • Madonna recorded a second new song for the soundtrack titled ‘Time Stood Still’, even though a beautiful song unfortunately never released as a single
  • Madonna produced the soundtrack to ‘The Next Best Thing’ and was released on the Maverick label
  • The film was a small success in Europe
  • Madonna was heavily pregnant with Rocco while attending the UK premiere of the film