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Flirting with Disaster (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Mar 22, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 15, 1999
• R2: 5 Aug 2002

Budget $7,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country USA

Studio Miramax

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Genre: Comedy, Racy, On The Road, Slapstick, Gay/Lesbian, Satire, Love Triangle, Suspense, Culture Clash, Buddies, Drugs, Infidelity, Mistaken Identity, Marriage

Tagline: Have you flirted yet?

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 Mel's 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 doesn't 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 humor all the more outrageous

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 Directed by
David O. Russell
Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, Spanking the Monkey
 Written by
David O. Russell
Three Kings, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I Heart Huckabees
Ben Stiller
There's Something About Mary, The Royal Tenenbaums, Meet the Parents
Patricia Arquette
True Romance, Ed Wood, Lost Highway
Alan Alda
The Aviator, What Women Want, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Mary Tyler Moore
Ordinary People, Cheats, Thoroughly Modern Millie
George Segal
The Cable Guy, Look Who's Talking, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Lily Tomlin
I Heart Huckabees, Orange County, Short Cuts
Josh Brolin
Hollow Man, The Goonies, Mimic
 Music By
Stephen Endelman
Jawbreaker, De-Lovely, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

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