The Object of My AffectionApril 17, 1998
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.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 5.9/10 (9,790 voted)
Critic's Score: 51/100
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha
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?
Writers: Stephen McCauley, Wendy Wasserstein
Girl at Community Center
Natalie B. Kikkenborg
Girl at Community Center
Dr. Robert Joley
Sometimes The Most Desirable Relationship Is The One You Can't Have
Release Date: 17 April 1998
Filming Locations: Central Park Zoo, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,725,855
(19 April 1998)
(28 June 1998)
Did You Know?
George tells Nina that his date for his high school prom (the one to whom he showed a "good time") was named Lucy Jane. In a display of her offbeat sense of humor, that is the name of screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein's daughter.
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.
One shouldn't be too hard on oneself when the object of one's affection returns the favor with rather less enthusiasm than one might have hoped.
It took some time, but it was worth it.
I didn't actually know what to make of this film when I first saw it. I
couldn't decide whether it was entertaining or dull. I'm a huge fan of both
Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, so I figured even if it was abysmal I could
still enjoy their performances. But it just confused me. Part of me decided
that it was an engaging, sweet film with a real story to tell and some
brilliant characters. The other part thought it was a boring, patronising
attempt at a comedy drama. I didn't want to judge it straight away; I
thought that it must just have been an acquired taste. Well, thankfully, I
gave it the chance. After watching it a few more times over, The Object Of
My Affection completely won me over. Yes, there may have been some rather
questionable moments during the proceedings, but, as a whole, it was a
pretty damn good film.
Nina Borowski is a social worker, George Hanson a school teacher. After a
chance encounter at a casual dinner party thrown by Nina's step-sister
Constance, they become fast friends. Seeing as George's boyfriend Dr. Joley
finishes their relationship, George moves in with Nina and they seemingly
become the perfect couple. But since George is gay, that's out of the
question, and they are simply the best of friends. When Nina becomes
pregnant by her boyfriend Vince, she realises that Vince isn't the one for
her. She asks George if he will raise the baby with her, and become their
own special "family". Despite his initial reservations, George decides to
accept her offer, but things slowly begin to take a bad turn when Nina
realises her real feelings for George. George finds love with Paul, a young
budding actor, and his friendship with Nina comes under
I won't deny it, if Aniston and Rudd hadn't appeared in this film I probably
wouldn't have thought twice about it. But they do bring their irresistible
charm to the piece. Aniston plays Nina perfectly; her character was
everything that I expected. She will obviously always be remembered for her
role as Rachel in Friends, but she knows how to deliver a first-rate
performance. Rudd was fine as George, if a little unrealistic, but since
this is Hollywood, I wasn't expecting a true portrayal of gay life. The
supporting cast were great, and a very nice surprise indeed. Nigel Hawthorne
turns up rather unexpectedly as Rodney, but is always a treat to watch. John
Pankow is fairly good as overbearing Vince, whilst Alan Alda and Allison
Janney are excellent as snobbish couple Sydney and Constance. There are also
some memorable turns from Tim Daly and Amo Gulinello. The Object Of My
Affection was definitely a unique film; I didn't imagine it would take so
long for a film to capture me. Still, that time was well spent. I'll carry
on revisiting it from time to time, as that special something in it has yet
to fade on me. An interesting, yet worthy film.