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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a Friends star vehicle, 3 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: The Object Of My Affection [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
Jennifer Aniston plays Nina, a social worker who falls in lover with her best friend George (Paul Rudd). George likes Nina too but there is just one problem...... George is gay. Things are complicated further by the friends' pact that George will bring up Nina's unborn baby with her. This agreement works well up to a point. George continues to go out and meet guys as the two of them have agreed- but Nina falls deeper in love with George and finds that she is jealous. George and Nina have to decide if the arrangement can continue or if it must cease.
This may sound like either a TV movie or a message lead film that is 'preaching'to the audience but thanks to its winning script and beautifully played turns by Jennifer Aniston (this is easily her best role to date) and Paul Rudd (previously best known for Clueless)- The Object Of My Affection ends up being touching and heart warming but at the same time deals with the central issue with delicacy and poignancy rather than in a sensationalist way.
This is more than you average rom-com. It asks provocative questions and answers them without being patronising- unlike the inferior movie on a similar theme, "The Next Best Thing."
If you like Jennifer Aniston then this film is for you- but ultimately this is so much more than a "Friends" star vehicle. It is a romantic comedy with a slight edge which dares to say that gay men cannot turn straight just because they get on well with women. It also contains laughter, tears and a superb soundtrack.
If you saw The Next Best Thing and are expecting much of the same, forget it. The Object Of My Affection is a delightful film that on the surface looks like an 'average' romantic comedy but it offers you so much more- if you let it.
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