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Flirting With Disaster
In this satirical comedy, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) has a beautiful wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and a four-month old son, and on the surface his life is good. But something's been troubling him: Mel knows he was adopted, and he can't resolve his issues with the mother who gave him away years ago, much to the annoyance of his adoptive parents (George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore). Mel decides it's time he met his birth parents and resolved his feelings once and for all, and Tina (Tea Leoni), a psychology student, has offered to tag along to capture the event on video for a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"David O. Russell has a twisted mind; I like that in a man."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"There are conventions in this sort of story, and Russell seems to violate most of them. He allows the peculiarities of his characters to lead them away from the plot line and into perplexities of their own."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Entertainment for the whole dysfunctional family."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"One Stiller movie I actually enjoyed."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Sounds like a French farce, you say? Well, you got that right. And it's just as entertaining."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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
"Hang on and prepare to laugh continually."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"Boasting a clever title, this is an inspired piece of lunacy about sociology versus biology, with terrific performances from Ben Stiller and his two sets of parents."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If Russell is erratic with plot and the slightest bit smug in attitude, he makes up for these flaws by drawing fun, inspired performances from his ace cast."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Outstanding, uproariously funny dark comedy"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The neurotic frenzy threatens to annoy, but Russell's edgy, abbreviated style generates farcical comic friction without sacrificing character."
‑ , Time Out
"The perpetual motion is a deliciously hysterical rush. This offbeat, documentary-like comedy becomes geometrically funnier as it goes along."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"When I caught this modern-day screwball comedy in theaters I didn't think much of it, and it's even less appealing now."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Avoiding the safety of the PC blanket, David O. Russell has crafted a canny, crafty and altogether adorable little misfit of a movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Um elenco afiado, personagens atípicos e situações bizarras contribuem para tornar este filme uma comédia surpreendentemente eficaz."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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