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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.

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>

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Sometimes The Most Desirable Relationship Is The One You Can't Have 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe in jeder Beziehung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,725,855, 19 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,106,737, 28 June 1998
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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 The Object of My Affection. See more »

Goofs

When George and Nina are kissing on the bed, Nina unbuttons his shirt, then when he answers the phone his shirt is fastened again. He then gets up and walks away, shirt open. See more »

Quotes

George Hanson: I'm simple, that's why I teach first grade.
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Soundtracks

You Gotta Be
Written by Des'ree and Ashley Ingram
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Sensitive straight/gay romance pre-"Will & Grace"
19 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See 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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