Flirting with Disaster [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 5596941
  • Release Date: 07/03/2012
  • Rating: R
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  • Deleted scenes
  • Humorous Mistakes (Outtakes from Feature and Deleted Scenes)


Flirting With Disaster
In this satirical comedy, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) has a beautiful wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and a four-month old son, and on the surface his life is good. But something's been troubling him: Mel knows he was adopted, and he can't resolve his issues with the mother who gave him away years ago, much to the annoyance of his adoptive parents (George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore). Mel decides it's time he met his birth parents and resolved his feelings once and for all, and Tina (Tea Leoni), a psychology student, has offered to tag along to capture the event on video for a research project. But after a few minutes with Mel's "real" mother, they discover that a mistake has been made and they've been directed to the wrong person. A second meeting, this time with Mel's supposed dad, also turns out to be a mistake, and it's quite some time before Mel, Nancy, and Tina are finally face to face with Mel's biological parents -- a pair of burned-out hippies (played by Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin) who support themselves by dealing blotter acid daubed onto pictures of Ronald Reagan. It doesn't help that Mel finds himself attracted to the very leggy Tina, or that Nancy's head is turned by a bisexual ATF agent (Josh Brolin). Writer/director David O. Russell previously made a splash with his independent debut feature, 1994's Spanking the Monkey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ben Stiller
    Ben Stiller - Mel Coplin
  • Patricia Arquette
    Patricia Arquette - Nancy Coplin
  • Téa Leoni
    Téa Leoni - Tina Kalb
  • Mary Tyler Moore
    Mary Tyler Moore - Mrs. Coplin
  • George Segal
    George Segal - Mr. Coplin

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Synergistic Explosion of Talent & Talent


    Brolin, Arquette, Alda & Tomlin Really Shine in this Road Trip Comedy Starring Ben Stiller as a Man Looking for the Idealistic Family Reunion He's Always Dreamed of. The Only Problem is The Journey Has a Few Hitches, Including a Larry David Style Introduction that Goes Completely Haywire. This is the First Role Josh Brolin Really Enjoyed [As Stated Recently on Charlie Rose Show] & His Efforts Are Continually Improving On this Terrific Endeavor. Alan Alda & Lilly Tomlin are Very Good as the Eccentric Off the Grid Tie Die Wearing Conservative Nightmare. Definitely one of Those Writing Experiences that Was Completely Fluid & Inspired From Start to Finish. If your Curious About his Other Films Then I Would Recommend 1-Three Kings and 2-Spanking the Monkey. I Heart Huckabys is another Lilly Tomlin Effort that Really Missed My Mark. Looks like Russell Has a Movie in 2009 & 2010 So David O. Russell Fans Should Be Happy with an Increased Workload.

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