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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>

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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:

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

Winona Ryder turned down the role of Nina. 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

Rodney Fraser: Have you noticed that you're the only practicing heterosexual at your Thanksgiving dinner?
Nina Borowski: I haven't practiced for a while.
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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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