Flirting With Disaster 1996

Flirting With Disaster

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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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Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin (Ben Stiller) decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina (Tea Leoni), he departs on an epic road trip that quickly devolves into a farce of mistaken identities, wrong turns, and overzealous and love-struck ATF agents (Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins).

Cast & Crew

Ben Stiller
Mel Coplin
Téa Leoni
Tina Kalb
Alan Alda
Richard Schlichting
George Segal
Mr. Coplin
Lily Tomlin
Mary Schlichting
Celia Weston
Valerie Swaney
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Stephen Endelman
Original Music
Eric Alan Edwards
Cinematographer
Ellen Parks
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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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