STARS/**** Image A Sound B
starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Nigel Hawthorne
screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, based on the novel by Stephen McCauley
directed by Nicholas Hytner
by Walter Chaw A fascinatingly unpleasant precursor to NBC's "Will & Grace", The Object of My Affection details the predominantly platonic friendship between a romantically tortured straight woman, Nina (Jennifer Aniston), and a prototypically sensitive gay man, George (Paul Rudd). The unbearably treacly score by long-time offender George Fenton immediately announces by its very presence (and Fenton's very participation) that The Object of My Affection is going to be atrocious, and true to form, it's really atrocious. Yet to say that it's as predictable as it is sickening in its laziness (there's a VH1 music video montage in which our odd couple attends a dance class) would be to downplay the actual visceral "wrongness" of the piece, something that has nothing to do with the subject matter.