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The Object of My Affection (1998)

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A pregnant New York City 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.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writers:

Stephen McCauley (novel), Wendy Wasserstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... George Hanson
Kali Rocha ... Melissa Marx
Jennifer Aniston ... Nina Borowski
Lena Cardwell ... Girl at Community Center
Natalie B. Kikkenborg Natalie B. Kikkenborg ... Girl at Community Center
Lauren Pratt Lauren Pratt ... Sally Miller
Hayden Panettiere ... Mermaid
Lauren Chen Lauren Chen ... Violin Player
Liam Aiken ... Nathan
Alan Alda ... Sidney Miller
Allison Janney ... Constance Miller
Tim Daly ... Dr. Robert Joley
Janet Zarish ... Dinner Guest
Ellen Tobie Ellen Tobie ... Dinner Guest
Virl Andrick Virl Andrick ... Dinner Guest
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story that could only happen between best friends. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Object of My Affection See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,725,855, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$29,187,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,905,889
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The singer at the wedding reception (credited only as "Wedding Singer") was played by Audra McDonald, arguably the most-lauded Broadway actor of her generation. By the time she filmed her bit part in this movie, McDonald had already won two Tony Awards (the highest honor for a Broadway performer). In June 2014, Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony Award (for Best Actress in a Play, for playing Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"), which meant that she set a number of records: as of that win, she was the first performer, male or female, to win six competitive Tonys (Julie Harris also had six Tonys, but one was honorary). McDonald was also the first (and as of 2017, the only) performer ever to win Tonys in all four possible acting categories: Best Leading Performance in both a play and a musical and Best Supporting Performance in both a play and a musical. McDonald's first Tony was for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the 1994 revival of Carousel, which had been directed by Nicholas Hytner, also the director of this movie. See more »

Goofs

After lying face down on the bed, Jennifer's microphone pack causes a large bump on her lower back under her T-shirt as she gets up. Shortly thereafter, it is seen again as a large bump in the back of her shorts. See more »

Quotes

Constance: Do you love him?
Nina: Yeah, whatever that means.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Touching, the best romance of 1998, so far.
27 October 1998 | by Dale-31See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Jennifer Aniston proved herself to be a serious actress. Paul Rudd did a magnificent job. Despite critics and other audience members alike, this is one of my all-time favorite romances, particularly because it didn't have a Hollywood ending.


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