Flirting With Disaster
Flirting With Disaster (1996)

In this wickedly funny screwball satire, Mel Coplin, his wife, their four-month-old baby, and an adoption agency psychologist embark on a zany quest to find Mel's biological parents. Wanting to meet his real parents before naming his… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 22, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% 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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Nick Rogers

An immaculately constructed Rube Goldberg device that accumulates comic energy and speed as it reaches its finale, built from social and emotional hypocrisies we use to try and paper over our vices. It's what Russell does now, only far less serious.

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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.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Hang on and prepare to laugh continually.

Jason Bailey

It's a road movie, and a family comedy, and neurotic Woody Allen-style rom-com, but none of those crisp, compact boxes can properly contain this wild, strange, unruly picture.

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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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Rob Gonsalves

Entertainment for the whole dysfunctional family.

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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