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!

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3.2 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

87% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: Darkly funny, solidly cast, and surprisingly thoughtful, Flirting with Disaster proved David O. Russell's Spanking the Monkey was no fluke.

16+ COMMON SENSE

Dark comedy about family includes some sexy stuff and drugs.

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