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Parents' Guide to

The Next Best Thing

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Drama about untraditional parenting has sex, mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2000 108 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This watchable, intelligently constructed film wrestles with modern issues. Those include tolerance, prejudice, feminism, nontraditional families, love, and the failure of the legal system to catch up with the conflicts these matter raise. The movie doesn't say so, but it should be noted that, under the movie's specific plot constraints, Robert would have been at a disadvantage legally even if the character had been straight. Everett's performance is absorbing and beautifully nuanced. The writing realistically reflects the pain of being a single woman of a certain age and of being gay in a largely intolerant culture. Their woes are not equivalent, but the movie makes the point that society, the legal system, and prevailing religions prefer their adults straight and coupled, making it tough for those who fall outside the norm. Although the movie may not interest many teens, those who do watch will find lots to analyze and discuss.

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