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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:

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:

El objeto de mi afecto 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

Stephen Baldwin was replaced by John Pankow after one day of work due to creative differences. 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

Nina: I like guys a lot, but I'm not going to waste my time with some guy that doesn't see things the way I do... I mean do you really need this guy?
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Sensitive straight/gay romance pre-"Will & Grace"
19 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein, adapting Stephen McCauley's novel, begins with a premise which is pure formula: an unmarried mother-to-be in New York City would rather raise her child with her gay best friend rather than with the baby's father. What appears to be a continuation of themes begun with 1997's "My Best Friend's Wedding" fortunately leads to a sensitive, perceptive straight/gay platonic romance pre-"Will & Grace". A large part of the film's success belongs to Jennifer Aniston (an easy presence on the screen) and Paul Rudd (who is charming without effort, even if some of his dialogue is a little cloying). There's also a moving story thread involving Nigel Hawthorne as an elderly gay man who is cruelly dumped-on by his young lover that shows the sometimes fickle nature inherent in gay relationships, handled with quiet taste by director Nicholas Hytner. Despite a downright peculiar finish (which gives new meaning to the term "feel good"), "The Object of My Affection" is a sweet, insightful comedy-drama that gets into that curious area not many movies are willing to investigate: why many straight women are drawn to having gay men as best friends, what the two have in common and, ultimately, what actions cross that invisible line between loyalty and disillusionment (which has its basis in disappointment on the woman's part that the fantasy cannot come true). Not everything works in "Affection", but it is remarkably pleasant and (for better or worse) hetero-friendly. **1/2 from ****


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