The Object of My Affection
1998, Gay & lesbian/Romance, 1h 52m58 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings
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Despite heartfelt performances from Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, The Object of My Affection suffers from too many plot contrivances and frequent turns into rom-com sappiness. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for The Object of My Affection
Rudd and Aniston are sad and believable as star-crossed lovers who know they can never be together for reasons beyond their control.
Aniston, a friend in need of a solid movie script... finally gets one courtesy of Tony-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.
The viewpoint may not be exactly fresh, but [screenwriter Wendy] Wasserstein... delivers the heartfelt message that, male or female, gay or straight, black or white, old or young, the important thing is to pick some one person and make it work.
It is the sort of story best left to the French, who take great delight in such trifles.
The mixture of sincerity and sitcom phoniness is bewildering at times, but on some level, I guess, the film works.
Unashamedly a chick-flick, but no less enjoyable for it.December 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Object of My Affection
Jul 11, 2014I'm sure that Anniston and Rudd agreed never to speak of this again.John B Super Reviewer
Jun 11, 2014I love both of them, but I didn't care much for this movie. I thought it was slow-moving, boring, and a little corny.Erin C Super Reviewer
May 20, 2014Jennifer 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
Feb 09, 2012Interesting topic, kinda a love it or hate it film. It's really cute and Aniston's performance was great. It's just a cute little film to watch. The reference to singing in the rain blew me away!!!!! I love itSylvester K Super Reviewer