Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Today’s entry is…

The Object of My Affection (1998)

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one. I’ve never watched this movie because it looks like a bland romantic comedy, but it has Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in it and I like both of these actors, so it’s time to give this film a go.

*Clicks the play button*

1min – How does Paul Rudd not age? Seriously, has he made a pact with the devil? Does he have a painting of himself locked away in the attic? He looks the same age now as he did 21 years ago!

2mins – I wish I had a painting locked away in the attic. I wish I had a painting. Or an attic.

6mins – Allison Janney is in this! Allison Janney is popping up in lots of films I’m watching at the moment. She was in Ma and… er… well, other stuff too.

9mins – Paul Rudd is playing a gay teacher. I think he has just been dumped by his boyfriend for either being too gay or not gay enough. Maybe.

10mins – Yeah I was right, Paul Rudd has been dumped. Oh, and his boyfriend was Tim Daly! Tim ‘Superman’ Daly!

14mins – Rudd is now living with Jennifer Aniston. They’re ‘friends’ you know.

*Cough*

I said, ‘they’re friends’.

Friends.

*Pauses for laughter*

*Realises no one is laughing*

*Moves on*

18mins – I know nothing about this movie but I’m going to take a wild guess and presume Aniston and Rudd are going to develop some kind of relationship.

33mins – Aniston is now pregnant (not by Rudd). She wants Rudd to help her raise her baby. See, I knew they’d have some kind of relationship. Although I figured it would be his baby.

49mins 30secs – So, Aniston and Rudd are going to raise the baby. What could ever go wrong? 

*Cough*

EVERYTHING!

50mins – Predictions for the remainder of the film. 

  • #1: The Aniston & Rudd romance will develop further.
  • #2: Aniston will be into Rudd more than he’s into her.
  • #3: He’ll get a boyfriend. She’ll get jealous.
  • #4: The two will part ways. 

53mins – Aniston and Rudd are about to have sex. I think it’s safe to say that is prediction #1 in the bag.

55mins – Well they didn’t have sex, but they almost did. I’m still counting that as a good guess on my part!

1hr 6mins – Rudd is falling for a guy. Aniston is feeling a bit left out. That’s prediction #2.

1hr 20mins – Rudd is sort of seeing a guy (it’s a bizarre three-way situation involving Nigel Hawthorne). Nigel Hawthorne is in this!

Aniston is getting jealous. That’s prediction #3!

1hr 33mins – Where’s Hawthorne gone? Bring him back.

1hr 36mins – There are ten minutes left in this movie and Aniston and Rudd have come to the realisation that things won’t work out the way they’d originally planned. Not quite prediction #4, but not far off.

1hr 40mins – OK, so as the movie draws to an end all the main characters that have been introduced are now part of an extended family. Finally something that I quite like in this movie!

*Clicks stop button*

The Object of My Affection had its moments, with some interesting and important observations about love/family/relationships, but it was a pretty dull movie. Both Aniston and Rudd were fine, and I did like the idea of an extended family, but yeah, not very exciting.

OK, so 89 movies down, just one more to go and I finish my journey through unseen ’90s films. What will the final movie be?

*Drum roll*

Ed Wood!

Yep, I’ve never watched Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Guess I’ll have to rectify that when 90 from the ’90s returns for one final time.