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Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster
--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 wonít 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--Melís 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, Russellís script is a farcical laugh-fest that is at once intelligent, fast-paced, and witty. His assured, grounded direction makes FLIRTING WITH DISASTERís humor all the more outrageous and hysterical.

Synopsis for Flirting with Disaster
--Trying to fill a void in his otherwise perfectly satisfying life, a young man and his wife embark on a raucous cross-country journey to find his birth parents. Accompanied by a seductive, overly attentive adoption counselor and trailed by his jealous adoptive guardians, he finally meets up with his free-spirited biological parents--and the fun really begins. Featuring standout performances by an all-star cast--most notably Mary Tyler Moore and Lily Tomlin--FLIRTING WITH DISASTER is a road trip unlike any other.

Title Note for Flirting with Disaster
--Released theatrically in the U.S. on March 22, 1996.


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