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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonnie Schlichting
Jane (as Beth Ostrosky)
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John Ford Noonan ...


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 <>

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

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

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$14,891,000 (USA)

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Dick Van Dyke was offered the role of Richard Schlichting. Originally, Mary Tyler Moore was to play the role of his wife Mary but she eventually switched roles in order to portray Pearl Coplin. See more »


The shots of airliners flying overhead (to symbolize the characters flying across the country) are Boeing 727s. By 1996 when this movie was made, 727's had long been taken out of passenger service. See more »


Tony: Where did you two come down on the whole circumcision controversy?
Tony: Personally, I think a boy's penis should look just like his father's.
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13 April 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few movies I find seriously funny. Stiller, Leoni, Moore, everyone does a killer job, and humor emerges from a variety of silly-crazy and intellectual sources, so you can respect yourself when you laugh. Human neuroses give rise to a lot of sympathetic laughter. Most of it is human frailty and absurdity. Tea Leoni is hilarious, and does a great job of getting on your nerves, and trying to get into Stiller's pants behind his wife's back while still being completely neurotic and self-absorbed. Her psycho-babble is highly effective. Stiller plays the usual awkward introspective man who lacks self confidence. His parents are magnificent, and so are his 'real' parents. I loved it. highly recommended. What else are you going to watch?

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