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Flirting With Disaster

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David O. Russell

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Plot Summary

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: 52
  • Fresh: 45
  • 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!


Ridiculous waste of time
The cast should have though twice about putting their names to such a badly scripted and directed movie.

How can so many good actors be so bad?

A frantic, hot mess of a movie. It will be forgotten seconds after this review is posted.

Flirting With Disaster
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1996

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