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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You don't find anyone new until you're brave enough to give up the old.
Positive Role Models
Despite best intentions and blinded by their love and friendship, Nina and George mistakenly believe they can permanently commit to raising a child together.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nina tells her sexually active teen girls, "I like sex and I like boys a lot," gives them condoms, and advises them that they're in charge of their own bodies and don't need to please boys or succumb to peer pressures. Two men are seen kissing and in bed together shirtless. A woman kisses and unbuttons the pants of a gay man she loves.
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"F--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "homo," and "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol. A character smokes a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Object of My Affection is a 1998 look at the ticking biological clock of an unmarried, childless woman trying to balance her work and love life. In this case, the 30-something has fallen in love with her gay best friend. When she decides to have the baby of the boyfriend she dumped, her best friend agrees to raise the child with her. Made before gay marriage was legal and when it was rarer to see gay couples raising families, the movie makes the case that straight, gay, or otherwise, everyone wants love and family in their lives. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k." Two men are seen kissing and in bed with shirts off. Nina tells her sexually active teen girls, "I like sex and I like boys a lot," gives them condoms, and advises them that they're in charge of their own bodies and don't need to please boys or succumb to peer pressure. Adults drink alcohol. A character smokes a joint. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Featuring two of the most likable screen presences around, Rudd and Aniston, this movie transcends its mostly pedestrian story, giving it a giant leg up on the watchability scale. There's no need for a spoiler alert with a film that from the opening minutes is moving obviously toward a happy ending. The wrap-up feels contrived and unrealistic, but satisfying in that lots of seemingly nice people turn out to be, if not entirely happy, at least reasonably satisfied with their lives. The movie shows its age at times, but parents can remind teens that The Object of My Affection came out before gay marriage was legal and it was rarer to see gay couples raising families.
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