The Next Best Thing

2000 PG-13 1h 50m DVD

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The Next Best Thing

2000 PG-13 1h 50m DVD
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Abbie and Robert are single friends who never let sex get between them -- it's never been an issue, as he's gay. But one night, a little too much wine leads to an unexpected tryst. Abbie decides to keep the baby, and Robert offers to help raise it.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Next Best Thing is a 2000 drama that asks how we as a society define "family" in an age when the once completely shunned LGBTQ community is gaining rights and acceptance. A straight woman in her 40s wants a child. Dumped by a cad and grieving for a friend lost to AIDS, she and her gay best friend have drunken sex (not shown). He commits to being a full-time father when she gives birth to a son, and all is well until she falls in love six years later, at which time lawyers get involved. Adults smoke and drink. AIDS and gay sex are discussed. Expect to hear "a--hole," "hell," "faggot," "s--t," and "bitch."

Sexual Content

Robert and Abby get drunk and have sex (only kissing is shown). Adults kiss. Gay sex is discussed. Tops of a woman's breasts and her thonged buttocks are seen. A women is seen in a sheer bra. A man is shirtless.


A woman takes her 6-year-old son away from the man who has acted as his father since birth.


"S--t," "hell," "a--hole," "faggot," "bimbo," "sperm," "screw," "bitch," "punk," "queens" (referring to effeminate gay men), "booger."

Social Behavior

Even angry people will eventually make good decisions about child care and custody if they truly care about the child's welfare. A man makes a mock racist comment, referring to a "chocolate-covered peanut gallery."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink alcohol, sometimes to excess. Both Abby and Robert drink too many martinis, leading them to have sex for the first and only time. The diet drug fen-phen is mentioned. During childbirth pain, a woman screams, "Give me every drug you've got!" A reference is made to a man serving time for drug possession.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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