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Flirting With Disaster

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David O. Russell

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About the Movie

Written and directed by David O. Russell (Three Kings, Spanking the Monkey), this hysterically original comedy was cheered by critics and audiences nationwide. In a quest to find his biological parents, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller - Duplex, Meet the Parents) - joined by his wife (Patricia Arquette - Human Nature, Holes) and a sexy adoption counselor (Tea Leoni - People I Know, Hollywood Ending) - embarks on a cross-country search for his "roots". Yet as he careens from one outrageous situation to another, Mel finds himself tempted by the seductive counselor - even as his wife starts a flirtation of her own! By the time they meet up with his free-spirited birth parents, the whole situation is spinning hysterically out of control! Also starring Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin, this hilarious hit is sure to entertain everyone!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [A] wonderfully mad odyssey of a movie, in which a man sets out to find his biological parents and winds up meeting more weirdos than Alice found down the rabbit hole. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 18, 2013

Fresh: David O. Russell has a twisted mind; I like that in a man. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 18, 2013

Fresh: Hang on and prepare to laugh continually. – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This whacked-out road comedy about a young man's search for his real parents takes any number of unexpected turns, most of them bitingly funny. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jun 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This movie was ridiculous and awful! Not worth the 99 cents I spent to rent it!

a quintessential american comedy

ignore the negative reviews—this is early david o'russell at his finest, and one of the best comedies of the past 20 years. a comedic masterpiece that set the tone for so many movies that followed. russell is the king of making you squirm and making you laugh at the same time. so many painfully awkward situations, great social satire, and a dozen killer performances: ben stiller (before he became the new joe piscopo), tea leone, patricia arquette, josh brolin, mary tyler moore (her funniest role in years), alan alda, lilly tomlin, the list goes on and on. NOTE: in some places iTunes has this listed as a "romance", but it is not a romance in any way, shape or form. it's straight up farcical, satirical comedy. do yourself a favor and rent it.

Horrible!!! Waste of 99 cents.

Horrible!!! Waste of 99 cents.
I don't know where all the good reviews came from but not from normal people. The good reviews tricked me into wasting my 99 cents and worse yet a couple hours of my life.