Flirting With Disaster
Flirting With Disaster (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

David O. Russell has a twisted mind; I like that in a man.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

Entertainment for the whole dysfunctional family.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Hang on and prepare to laugh continually.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Time Out

The neurotic frenzy threatens to annoy, but Russell's edgy, abbreviated style generates farcical comic friction without sacrificing character.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The perpetual motion is a deliciously hysterical rush. This offbeat, documentary-like comedy becomes geometrically funnier as it goes along.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

When I caught this modern-day screwball comedy in theaters I didn't think much of it, and it's even less appealing now.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Lonnie Schlichting: I'm sorry that I put windowpane in Mel's quail, and I'm sorry that you ate it.  "Have you flirted yet?" I… More
Jennifer Xu
David O. Russell is a really awkward filmmaker, there's always something that doesn't sit quite right. The scenes with Patricia Arquette were the… More
Lucas Martins
Flirting With Disarter is a creative dark comedy with different themes, but that David O. Russell can make a funny and terrific film. Fresh.
Leigh Ryan
Funny. Kind of boring in the beginning but towards the end it gets pretty hilarious and goofy.
Dan Schultz
A less than stellar comedy concerning a young couple (Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette) who feel it is important to discover Stiller's true biological… More
Mark Walker
Director David O. Russell has certainly got a quirky style and this being only his second film, you can see where he honed those quirky talents of his. Mel and… More