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Flirting with Disaster

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Original title
Flirting with Disaster
Running time
89 min.
United States United States
David O. Russell
Stephen Endelman
Eric Alan Edwards
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Miramax International
Comedy | Road Movie. Adoption. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Writer-director David O. Russell follows up his dark independent comedy SPANKING THE MONKEY with this hilarious romp about a man who goes on a quest to find his biological parents. Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller), a new father, is convinced that he won’t be able to give his son a name until he reunites with his real mother and father. So Mel, his depressed, neglected wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and a sexy adoption consultant named Tina (Tea Leoni) set out to find them. By the time they reach the New Mexico home of Mels true parents (Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin)--two laid-back hippie scientists who are in the LSD business--Mel’s marriage appears to be completely demolished. But the wackiness doesnt end there, since his neurotic, overbearing adoptive parents (George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore) arrive just in time to add even greater confusion to the mix.

Russell assembles a cast who have contributed greatly to the development of American screen comedy, and they throw themselves into their roles with great fervor. Commenting on identity, sexual and cultural prejudice, and the convention of marriage, Russell’s script is a farcical laugh-fest that is at once intelligent, fast-paced, and witty. His assured, grounded direction makes FLIRTING WITH DISASTER’s humour all the more outrageous and hysterical.
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: 4 Nominations including Best Director
1996: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
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