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Best buddies Abbie (Madonna), a heterosexual yoga instructor, and Robert (Rupert Everett), a gay landscaper, cope with failed relationships, the approach of middle age, and the AIDS-related death of a mutual friend by sticking together as a "family of choice." Drunk one night, they have sex, and when Abbie turns up pregnant, they decide to move in together and raise the child as decidedly unconventional co-parents. Flash forward several years and Abbie begins dating Ben (Benjamin Bratt), an investment banker. The new relationship causes tension between Abbie and Robert that ultimately leads to betrayal, courtroom confrontation, and a sudden denouement. Everett, a sometime writer of trashy comic novels such as Hello Darling, Are You Working?, reportedly supplied the film's concept and even additional dialogue, although Tom Ropelewski is the credited screenwriter. This was pop diva Madonna's first film role since the hoopla of Evita; she supplied a highly edited hit cover of Don McLean's "American Pie" and one other song for the soundtrack, which was released on her own Maverick imprint. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:March 3, 2000

Cast

Rupert Everett
as Robert
Madonna
as Abbie
Benjamin Bratt
as Ben
Michael Vartan
as Kevin
Josef Sommer
as Richard Whittaker
Lynn Redgrave
as Helen Whittaker
Malcolm Stumpf
as Sam
Neil Patrick Harris
as David
Illeana Douglas
as Elizabeth Ryder
Mark Valley
as Cardiologist
Suzanne Krull
as Annabel
Stacy Edwards
as Finn

Crew

John Schlesinger
Director
Linne Radmin
Producer
Leslie Dixon
Producer
Tom Rosenberg
Producer
Howard Cummings
Producer
Tom Ropelewski
Screenwriter
Elliot Davis
Cinematographer
Gabriel Yared
Composer (Music Score)
Happy Walters
Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Honess
Editor
Howard Cummings
Production Designer
David S. Lazan
Art Director
Richard S. Wright
Co-producer
Marcus Viscidi
Co-producer
Meredith Zamsky
Associate Producer
Ted Tannenbaum
Executive Producer
Lewis Manilow
Executive Producer
Gary Lucchesi
Executive Producer
Noelle King
Set Designer
Barbara Mesney
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Douglas Axtell
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kohn
First Assistant Director
Mali Finn
Casting
Terry Rodman
Sound Editor
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