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OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION

SYNOPSIS:
When George (Paul Rudd), a kindergarten teacher, is dumped by his long-time boyfriend (Tim Daly), he takes a room with Nina, (Jennifer Aniston), a woman he met just days earlier at a party. George's presence complicates Nina's relationship with her boyfriend Vince (John Pankow), but things get even more complicated when Nina discovers that she is pregnant. Though she decides she wants to keep the baby, she wants a better father than Vince for her child. What she wants, she decides, is George, with whom she has forged a close bond and in whom she is in love. Meanwhile, George begins to question his own sexuality and feelings when he inadvertently finds himself falling for another man.

"Funny, poignant and moving, The Object of My Affection is a delightful exploration of human relationships, displayed on the canvas of life, with all its textures, intricacies and quirks. It’s an old fashioned kind of romance with an original twist of upbeat modern themes ranging from homosexuality, parenthood without marriage and unpredictable, unconventional relationships. There’s an honesty about these characters that endears and engages us, and Hytner’s fluid direction with Anwar’s sharp editing enhance the delicate thread that holds the screen relationships together. There’s more substance to this film than first meets the eye – we are on a see-saw of emotions and waver up and down as the plot progresses. The two leads, Aniston and Rudd, both sparkle, with oodles of charisma, screen magic and a true sense of caring. Aniston manages to cast off her plastic TV persona, and delivers layered depth and pure emotion. The entire cast is strong; Alan Alda, always classy, Allison Janney as his overbearing wife, plus a wonderful performance from Nigel Hawthorne, who is responsible for some of the film’s most heartfelt moments. Bravo to the filmmakers for not trivialising this story by inflicting a contrived, pat ending. What rings true is the uniqueness of the individual, the surprises with every character, and the futility of trying to change someone. Object of My Affection is refreshing, different and above all, entertaining."
Louise Keller

"Based on the acclaimed novel of the same time, told purely from George's perspective, screenwriter and playwright Wendy Wasserstein gives her script real guts, digging at the emotional core of the two characters. Perhaps that's why the film succeeds so admirably, why it goes against the grain, as it were. Wasserstein is a writer of etched characters, and she has written both a personal treatise on a complex female character, while at the same time conforming to mainstream romantic cinema. It's a fine balance, and it works. Added to the mix is Britain's Nicholas Hytner who, as an outsider, has been able to dig a little deeper than a mainstream director may have. The casting is excellent and performances are all fine. After having so little to do in Picture Perfect, Jennifer Aniston gives emotional depth and clarity to Nina. Sometimes she can't avoid the odd Friends mannerism, but for the most part, she is both engaging and poignant, without resorting to cliché. Paul Rudd is a revelation as George, a difficult character to explore, but he does it with sensitivity and wry humour. The supporting players, notably the ever-extraordinary Nigel Hawthorne as a pretentious theatre critic, are all an added bonus. Beautifully shot on location in New York, with some wonderful music, mainly old standards to evoke the film's shifts in tone, The Object of My Affection is the ultimate love story, one that deals with unrequited love for a change, and doesn't fall into the trap of becoming manipulative and dishonest. This is a gloriously entertaining film that is certainly funny, but filled with a painstaking honesty that one rarely finds these days: an unexpected pleasure."
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0
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OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, THE (M)
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CAST: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Nigel Hawthorne, John Pankow, Tim Daly, Allison Janney, Steve Zahn, Amo Gulinello, Bruce Altman, Kevin Carroll, Lauren Varija Pratt

DIRECTOR: Nicholas Hytner

PRODUCER: Laurence Mark

SCRIPT: Wendy Wasserstein (based on the novel by Stephen McCauley)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Oliver Stapleton

EDITOR: Tariq Anwar

MUSIC: George Fenton

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jane Musky

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: May 7, 1998







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