The Object Of My Affection

Published August 17, 2019

The Object Of My Affection

Film info

  • Title The Object of My Affection
  • Director Nicholas Hytner
  • Year 1998
  • Run time 1hr 51m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Sometimes the most desirable relationship is the one you can't have

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 realises she'd rather raise her child with George than with her boyfriend - a decision that forces the threesome to explore the fine line between love, sex and friendship.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:30 “You’re fighting for the future of this country.” Nice way to think of teachers.
8:57 That’s really horrible of Dr Joely, talking about stuff behind his back but at the same dinner table.
11:22 “I’m a simple guy, it’s why I teach first grade.”
20:15 I like the description a person “can really fill a room.”
22:32 Dude, that’s Phoebe’s two husbands walking together!
26:41 She’s the nicest human being ever.
27:25 What is the boyfriend complaining about, he’s basically there all the time anyway.
35:22 I feel like rollercoasters aren’t the best place to have serious conversations.
44:19 These kids are smarter than me at science and geography so far.
1:00:56 This situation is so bloomin' complicated. How are they gonna sort it out in just 40 mins?
1:07:10 “Doesn’t is all turn into friendship anyway?”
1:11:51 How can you turn down a Michael Crichton?
1:20:52 Go with the flow, he says, as it gets even more complicated.
1:31:29 “Thank you for including me in your holiday.” So sweet.
1:35:14 Omg, the brother actually made it to a wedding day!
1:43:22 Molly and Me can be the sequel.


This maybe wasn’t the rom-com I was hoping for, it was far more serious than the current breed of comedies. But it was still good and raised a lot of interesting questions about love and friendship. It was quite nice, as well, that there was no real bad guy, although Vince did the best he could to be hated. It was just people falling in and out of love and doing their best to deal with it.

I felt like it took a while to get going, and weirdly I didn’t 100% buy the chemistry between Aniston and Rudd - two people who I think are brilliant.

Overall a good film, but I think you have to be in the right mood for it.

Rating: 3 / 5

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