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The Object of My Affection (1998)

Jennifer Aniston , Paul Rudd , Nicholas Hytner  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell, Natalie B. Kikkenborg
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Writers: Stephen McCauley, Wendy Wasserstein
  • Producers: Diana Pokorny, Laurence Mark, Petra Alexandria
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QZ7V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Object of My Affection" on IMDb

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Jennifer Aniston stars in this sly romantic comedy as Nina, a young woman who falls in love with her new roommate, George, (Paul Rudd) even though he's gay and loves her purely as a friend. When Nina becomes pregnant, she realizes she'd rather raise her c

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Pleasant Diversion December 10, 2001
Format:DVD
I have to admit that this is a favorite movie of mine and I'm thrilled that it's finally coming to DVD. It's hardly challenging. It's not political. There's nothing outstanding about the filmmaking technique. It's simply a pleasant diversion, and as such, I enjoy it a great deal. And while it goes out of its way not to offend anyone, it does break some new ground in terms of mainstream Hollywood movies.
The story centers around the friendship of a gay schoolteacher, George (Paul Rudd), who is dumped by his boyfriend. (...)
It's a charming movie, with terrific performances throughout. Rudd and Anniston share terrific chemistry together. White is appropriately sleazy. Allison Janney and Alan Alda as Nina's sister and brother-in-law offer hilarious support. And Nigel Hawthorne as Paul's mentor, provides the movie with heart and soul. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein adapts Stephen McCauley's novel, and the script is solid. Nicholas Hytner's direction is assured. The movie is filled with laughs and genuine emotion. The scene in the gym where Nina confronts Stephen packs incredible power.
Some have complained that George is too perfect and too nice--that the filmmakers were so concerned about having the mainstream audience accept him as a character that they went out of his way to make him bland and inoffensive. There might be a little truth in that, but I think Rudd's performance makes the character feel genuine at all times. (...)
However, the one thing that really pleases me about this movie is that it was the first mainstream Hollywood movie that allowed its gay character to be gay. (I exclude "Torch Song Trilogy" from this analysis as TST was about gay relationships.) Up to this point, gay characters were everybody's best friend or problem.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie For Your Affection February 25, 2000
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Combine great acting, humor and a storyline that has substance, and you have the Object of My Affection. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd put it all together with such smooth, realistic performances, that the story of a young woman falling in love with her gay roomate is presented in a truly touching manner. There are complications, of course, giving a continuous interest from beginning to end. Jennifer Aniston performs as many great actresses have: she has such an effortless, natural aura that it hardly seems like she is acting. But there is so much behind those most expressive and hypnotic eyes. Looks like that are hard to find in Hollywood. Rudd reacts perfectly and adds much realism. You know why she falls in love with him. You feel that this situation and the complications could really happen and the script and actors make you believe it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise May 16, 2003
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I didn't think I could watch a movie about a straight woman who fell in love with a gay man without a lot of cynical and not-politically-correct comments. I mean, I've seen too much of it.
But when I watched this movie, what struck me was not the sexual orientation of the characters, but the age-old bittersweet heartbreak of unrequited love. And that is what comes bleeding through in this movie.
Jennifer Anniston is a very lovely young woman who has a penchant for falling for men who aren't right for her. (Fear of commitment?) When handsome, sensitive Paul Rudd (who just happens to be a sensational dancer) comes into her life, it just figures she'll veer towards him instead of her doting but domineering boyfriend (a great supporting character in a movie full of great supporting characters). He is gay, but is clearly troubled by an attraction that just doesn't seem to fit his lifestyle (as is she). These two really love one another, but can't make it work. And is that really all so strange, in the gay OR straight world? Not at all. The dance scenes, to the Gene Kelley movie, are lovely and lyrical.
I say BAH! to all the gay reviewers out there who said this movie almost said something, but didn't. They're reading too much into it. It's about unrequited love, pure and complicated. Just look at Nina's (Jennifer's) face as she tells George she wants to marry him, that she wants him to want her just as she wants him. That's enough to make you cry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to Laugh and Cry at once. December 1, 2001
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When I rented this movie, I thought "Ah a Jennifer Aniston movie...she's gonna play the shallow but nice girl, gonna meet a guy...etc." In other words: Boy meets girl, girl likes guy, guy likes girl. Girl's confused, guy goes off, girl is sad, they come back together and that's the end. I was very off base. This is a sweet romantic dramedy (comedy/drama) that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Paul Rudd plays a gay school teacher, who (after finding out his current relationship is over) moves in with his new friend (Aniston). When she discovers that she is pregnant, she decides that she wants Rudd to be the father figure for the child...which is not what her boyfriend wants. This intricate story is so delicately done, that (unlike most movies) it seems to be glass. The supporting characters are wonderfully lovable/loathsome. No revelations seem too spontaneous, but are eased into, making it a lovely and enjoyable film. One of those movies that makes you want to be in the characters world and shout "YOU SHOULD BE TOGETHER!"
I highly recommend that you add it to your collection, you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie, script and very solid directing...
I think you will love this film if you care about the unusual. I was moved and taken on an unexpected but fascinating journey. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rae Dawn Chong
2.0 out of 5 stars a malady of a dramedy
very smoothly written and performed, it attempts to love all over jennifer's gay pal, as their relationship deepens to the level of a romance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dax
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Loved this movie, AND the actors. It was really fun to watch and i enjoyed every minute of it. Thumbs up!
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
1.0 out of 5 stars the object of my affection
this movie is so thoroughly out in the beginning, I could not watch the rest of it. I really cannot give a complete review since I chose not to watch since it is very offensive to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katmandu
4.0 out of 5 stars Affection
I like this movie a lot. Jennifer is always great in every movie I've seen of hers and Paul is gorgeous and does a fantastic job in this movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judith M. Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Object of my Affection
This movie is very good, and I love Jennifer Aniston, and Paul Rudd. These two are great together. The movie is sweet, and though I waited for a long time before I watched this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lyndajean23
4.0 out of 5 stars A love story that can only happen between best friends
Jennifer Aniston stars in this sly romantic comedy as Nina, a young woman who falls in love with her new roommate, George, (Paul Rudd) even though he's gay and loves her purely as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston give SUPERIOR performances!
This scenario is highly realistic and demonstrates the conflicts between emotionally one-sided love and the powerful friendships between gay men and straight women... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ClarityOfMind
5.0 out of 5 stars The Object of My Affection portrays families well
This is one of my favorite movies of all time, like a book one reads every year. Wendy Wasserstein captures all the nuances of rainbow families that showed up everywhere as Boomers... Read more
Published 8 months ago by LynC
3.0 out of 5 stars A specific film for a specific audience
I have given this 3 stars because it was well crafted and poignant. That is not to say that I enjoyed it. The film was not directed towards me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beantown Jim
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