Despite The Object of Beauty's tagline being "A romantic comedy about the fine art of thievery", it's neither romantic, nor comedic. It's a straight-up drama about two financially struggling well-to-do Americans, played by Andie MacDowell and John Malkovich, staying in an expensive London hotel, and though the tagline might also suggest something akin to a slick well-planned robbery type film, the thievery in question is nothing of the sort.
The essence of the film is an attempt to highlight the gap between the haves and have-nots, and the bearing that each of those financial situations, along with personal circumstances, has on the views that we hold, and also the way that we see certain things, or 'objects', if you will. In this respect, the film tries to be subtle, but fails.
Both the script and most of the performances on offer are dull and uninspired, and the pace is super slow, but not in a good way. The best thing about the film is the delightful Rudi Davies, who plays a deaf-mute hotel cleaner, along with her brother, Steve, played by Ricci Harnett, and the all too brief appearances of the brilliant Roger Lloyd-Pack as Frankie. Overall, though, the film fails to rise above the mediocre.