The Object of My Affection Reviews
The year prior to this film, in "Picture Perfect" (1997), Aniston essentially reprised her one-note Rachel persona. And it wasn't until four years after this film, in "The Good Girl" (2002), that viewers finally see Aniston deliver strongly in a role that vastly differs from Rachel.
Before "Good Girl," many "Friends" viewers likely assumed Aniston was actually quite like Rachel, a subtle testimony to the quality of Aniston's ability. Here in this film, astute viewers would have seen it coming, that Aniston > Rachel. Aniston here delivers certain lines/scenes where her character isn't anywhere akin to the more superficial Rachel - a Nina who is truly distraught, truly cold-hearted and sharp-tongued, truly confused and torn.
Unlike "Picture Perfect," where Aniston had to share the limelight with an endearing performance by Jay Mohr as her love interest, Aniston owns this film lock, stock and barrel. Most of the time where she's paired-up with, and pining away for, the gay-thus-unattainable Paul Rudd, he's so awe-struck and over-shadowed by her half of the work, he looks as though he's a deer caught in headlights.
Most of the other deliveries are all but forgettable; veteran Alan Alda guffaws his way through most of his little bits, adding little - and almost looking the buffoon.
RECOMMENDATION: RomCom fans will enjoy the film for what it is at face-value, but it's this first slow reveal of Aniston's true range that makes for the more interesting viewing.