Object Of My Affection, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

Nina (Jennifer Aniston), a social worker, and her boyfriend, Vince (John Pankow), don't feel strongly enough about each other to marry or to live together. When Nina meets George (Paul Rudd) at a dinner party, he is very open about being homosexual. Nonetheless, the two become best friends and George moves in with Nina. They do everything but have sex together -- ballroom dancing lessons, watching TV curled up on the bed and cooking. Suddenly life becomes very complicated when Nina discovers she is pregnant with Vince's child. She decides to have the baby and asks George, who is a very sensitive, caring school teacher, to be the surrogate father. This unusual love triangle becomes a tangled mess of friendship, duty, love and sexual preferences. Young singles and the homosexual community may identify with Nina, Vince and George and find THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION an uplifting romantic comedy.

Nina counsels high school girls to either abstain or practice safe sex, then passes out condoms to them. She becomes the brunt of their jokes when they realize their counselor is pregnant. Nina thinks she and George can live by their own set of rules, even that he can have his male lovers and she can continue seeing Vince. But then she falls in love with George and becomes jealous when she walks in on him with another man. In one scene she tries very hard to seduce him, thinking she can change him but George has no desire to give up his homosexual lifestyle. An aging drama critic, played by Nigel Hawthorne, has taken a student as his "boy toy" who also becomes involved with George. Nina welcomes the aging man into their "family circle" along with the young man. George is the one who wakes up to the fact that Nina plus three homosexual men do not equal a stable environment for a child. Along with this worldly view, the script includes 26 obscenities and 21 profanities. There is no nudity, but Nina and Vince have one bedroom scene with sex implied. THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION's promotion of the homosexual lifestyle and foul language make it a loser on our acceptability scale.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 4, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Many (26) times - (s-word 6, f-word 17, other 3)

Profanity: Many (21) times - Regular 15 (G, G-d, C, J, J-C, Jeez), Exclamatory 6

Violence: Once - Moderate (sock in jaw)

Sex: None but implied once (unmarried couple in bed)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (girls tries to arouse homosexual man with passionate kissing and petting; references to sex; counselor passes out condoms to teenage girls)

Drugs: Few times (social drinking)

Other: None

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults and homosexuals

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