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Flirting with Disaster (1996)

 -  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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John Cusack was considered for the role of Mel Coplin. See more »

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When Mel and Nancy are in bed at end of movie and get a call that Mel's parents are in jail there is a microphone boom shadow on the lamp and wall (by the shape of the shadow the microphone appears to be a "Schoeps"). See more »

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Tony: Nancy was saying you were having some tension about oral sex.
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Tries too hard
14 June 2007 | by (Wilmington, DE) – See all my reviews

This movie is overwritten. The screenwriter(s) felt it necessary to relentlessly hit you with line after line after line after line, with no room for you mentally "breathe" and digest what everyone was saying and why they might be saying it. They also mistake characters saying obviously incorrect or obnoxious things as humor. In spite of this being a movie about a character seeking his real parents, there is surprisingly little real inspection of the characters' true natures and motivations. There's an age-old saying, "show me don't tell me", but this film does a lot of telling and disturbingly little showing. It's not horrible, so it still gets 4 stars out of 10, but it also has few redeeming qualities unless you consider amateur pratfalls and shallow insults to be humor.


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