The Object of My Affection (1998)



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Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible) directed this Wendy Wasserstein screenplay, adapted from Stephen McCauley's novel, about the romantic mismatch of a gay man and a young pregnant woman. When literary agent Sidney Miller (Alan Alda) and his wife Constance (Allison Janney) have a dinner party, Constance's social-worker stepsister Nina Borowski (Jennifer Aniston) attends without her lawyer boyfriend Vince McBride (John Pankow). Also present are gay schoolteacher George Hanson (Paul Rudd) and his … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wendy Wasserstein
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On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Nina Borowski

as George Hanson

as Sid Miller

as Rodney Fraser

as Vince McBride

as Dr. Robert Joley

as Constance Miller

as Frank Hanson

as Paul James

as Dr. Goldstein

as Louis Crowley

as Sally Miller
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Critic Reviews for The Object of My Affection

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13)

The plot's hokey contrivances and the theatrical shtick tend to prevail over the sporadic moments of insight and emotional truth.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It never persuades you it belongs on the big screen.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The best romantic comedy so far this year.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Paul Rudd is charming, and some of the scenes are intelligently written and played, but at a recent screening people on all sides of me were squirming in discomfort.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

While some of the solutions are a little facile, the film nevertheless succeeds, due in large part to a luminous performance by Jennifer Aniston...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The Object of My Affection is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in ages.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
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Jennifer Aniston made some interesting choices in taking movie roles in the nineties, before she became queen of the agitating awful rom-coms. This indie comedy, about a social worker and her gay roommate, shows them having a strained relationship while also dealing with their own love lives. I'm torn on whether or not I genuinely like this film, because the characters are enjoyable to watch, and the way they maneuver between the blurred lines of sexuality is interesting, but the way sexual orientation is depicted leaves me cold. So many films have tried to characterize sexuality as a spectrum that involves men who are gay experimenting with women to a point of domesticity. This was done successfully on "Will and Grace" and the same concept was exploited in "Gigli" but to an outside observer it rarely makes sense. Here, at least, it's clearly defined that George has no interest in a sexual relationship with Nina, and just wants to help her raise her child, but Nina is unaware, which tilts perspective. This film handles its characters' motivations rather well and shows the dysfunction in their relationship with aplomb, but it would be great for once to see a gay man and straight woman be friends without the added drama of sexual tension. Otherwise it's a sweet little film that explores modern day relationships and their many layers.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


This glossy, unusual romantic comedy is great with the appealling cast including Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.

Dean McKenna

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A pretty good movie, though I did feel a bit disappointed in the end but it was the proper way to end it I suppose. Good to watch if you're in the mood for something emotional I suppose.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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