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The Object of My Affection (1998)

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A pregnant New York social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

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Girl at Community Center
Natalie B. Kikkenborg ...
Girl at Community Center
Lauren Pratt ...
Sally Miller
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Mermaid
Lauren Chen ...
Violin Player
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Nathan
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Janet Zarish ...
Dinner Guest
Ellen Tobie ...
Dinner Guest
Virl Andrick ...
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George and Nina seem like the perfect couple. They share a cozy Brooklyn apartment, a taste for tuna casserole dinners, and a devotion to ballroom dancing. They love each other. There's only one hitch: George is gay. And when Nina announces she's pregnant, things get especially complicated. Vince - Nina's overbearing boyfriend and the baby's father-wants marriage. Nina wants independence. George will do anything for a little unqualified affection, but is he ready to become an unwed surrogate dad? Written by Michael Kuroiwa <Afixiation@mail.earthlink.net>

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Sometimes The Most Desirable Relationship Is The One You Can't Have See more »

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liebe in jeder Beziehung  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,725,855 (USA) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

$29,106,737 (USA) (26 June 1998)
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Trivia

Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. were initially cast to star as Nina Borowski and George Hanson. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the beginning, where Nathan and George were peeping out from behind the curtains at the school play, and Nathan asks who George is waiting for, Liam Aiken mouths Paul Rudd's next line. See more »

Quotes

George Hanson: So, you're an ear, nose and throat man?
Dr. Goldstein: No, that's my... you know professional life.
[shakes his head]
Dr. Goldstein: I have other interests that go below the upper torso.
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Featured in Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (2002) See more »

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You Were Meant for Me
Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Performed by Sting
Produced and Arranged by Dave Hartley and George Fenton
Sting appears courtesy of A&M Records
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Sensitive straight/gay romance pre-"Will & Grace"
19 August 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Despite a downright peculiar finish which gives new meaning to the term 'feel-good', "The Object of My Affection" is a careful, perceptive and insightful comedy-drama about a straight woman and her gay-male best friend living together. Keeping the obvious sex-jokes at bay, the movie strives to create three-dimensional people and works most of the time. This is due in large part to Jennifer Aniston, an easy presence on the screen. The set-up is pure formula, but the results are occasionally offbeat, squirrelly, sometimes funny and moving. Story thread with Nigel Hawthorne as an elderly gay man who gets dumped-on shows the casual cruelty inherent in gay relationships, and this is handled with quiet taste. Not everything works in "Affection", but it is remarkably pleasant and (for better or worse) hetero-friendly. *** from ****


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