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Flirting with Disaster (1996)

R | | Comedy | 12 April 1996 (USA)
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A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents.

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Mel Coplin departs on a mission of discovery dragging his wife and 4 month old son behind. He and wife, Nancy, won't agree on a name for their son until adopted Mel gets in touch with his roots. He assures her that once he knows who he really is, the right name for their boy will be a snap. Enlisting the aid of student-psychologist and part-time adoption agent, Tina Kalb, they embark on a journey across the United States to find Mel's "birth" mother. "The best part," Mel tells Nancy, "is it's all free." Tina is finishing her dissertation and will film the happy reunion of mother and child as part of her research. For this privilege, she's footing the bill. His adoptive parents are left behind feeling abandoned by an ungrateful son. Clerical errors, mistaken identities, Nancy's misplaced high school friend and his gay lover, and a super-charged libido here and there are thrown into the mix along the way until -- at last -- Mel's real parents, the Schlictings (mispronounced as "... Written by MARK FLEETWOOD <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Have you flirted yet?

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Rated R for language, sexuality and a comic drug scene | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,891,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Lily Tomlin, Ben Stiller and David O. Russell did not get along and had many heated arguments. See more »

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The shoulder with the towel and the baby. See more »

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Tony: Nancy was saying you were having some tension about oral sex.
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Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: Flirting with Disaster (1996) See more »

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Somebody Else's Body
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When A+ Actors Tackle an F- Script
21 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Scanning the other reviews on here, I realize I'm totally in the minority here. But I thought this was a total stinker.

I kept watching, hoping that it would get better. But the more I watched, the more I thought the screenplay was the byproduct of watching too many Woody Allen movies.

The biggest problem was that I just couldn't believe what was going on before my eyes. Maybe I'm too much of a "meat and potatoes" mindset, but the characters and situations just got more and more unrealistic and I cared less and less about these people.

This is only the third David O. Russell film I've seen. SPANKING THE MONKEY was clever. After trying to watch it three times I finally gave up on I HEART HUCKABEES. After this, I've added him to my mental checklist of Film Makers to Avoid.

Hack though Mr. Russell may be, though, he couldn't get a bad performance out of Richard Jenkins.


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