Flirting With Disaster

1996

Flirting With Disaster

Critics Consensus

Darkly funny, solidly cast, and surprisingly thoughtful, Flirting with Disaster proved David O. Russell's Spanking the Monkey was no fluke.

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Movie Info

In this wickedly funny screwball satire, Mel Coplin, his wife, their four-month-old baby, and an adoption agency psychologist embark on a zany quest to find Mel's biological parents. Wanting to meet his real parents before naming his son, Mel drags his family all over the country before finding them.

Cast

Ben Stiller
as Mel Coplin
Patricia Arquette
as Nancy Coplin
Téa Leoni
as Tina Kalb
Mary Tyler Moore
as Mrs. Coplin
George Segal
as Mr. Coplin
Alan Alda
as Richard Schlicting
Lily Tomlin
as Mary Schlicting
Celia Weston
as Valerie Swaney
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Lonnie Schlicting
David Patrick Kelly
as Fritz Boudreau
Don Creech
as Cop #1
Tony Kruk
as Detective
Tori Davis
as Flight Attendant
Suzanne Snyder
as Alternative Wife
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Critic Reviews for Flirting With Disaster

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Audience Reviews for Flirting With Disaster

  • Dec 12, 2019
    The idea, that a new father previously adopted goes searching for his real parents, is only a device (and a thin one at that) for Mr. David O. Russell to have his characters (in search of a play) to argue with one another about whatever their individual priorities happen to be, or simply to showcase the actors acting - which is not a totally bad thing. It's just not going anywhere specifically. To underline this he has his crew move about the country from place to place, but it never really matters because the friction goes on regardless of location, which is the only take away I garnered from this. Do they argue creatively? That'll be for you to decide. I enjoyed Patricia Arquette, George Segal, and David Patrick Kelly, but that was just me.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2016
    A classic awkward comedy starring Ben Stiller as a father on a quest to find his biological parents with the help of an incompetent case worker, 2 gay BTA workers and his wife. It had some really hilarious moments and the cast were all great at playing their characters. I like the amateur look of the film that made it all the more realistic to put yourself in their shoes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2015
    Pointless shlock, Flirting with Disaster lacks focus and doesn't deliver very many laughs. After becoming a father Mel Coplin attempts to discover his roots by finding his birth mother, but the journey takes some strange turns as his case worker tries to track her down. Starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, and Tea Leoni, the casting's fairly solid, however the performance aren't that good. And the comedy is all over the place, resulting in an uneven tone. A poorly made film, Flirting with Disaster is an unfocused, rambling mess.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2013
    A great "existential farce" that only gets better as Stiller unwittingly collects more oddball characters on his bizarre journey.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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