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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:
... Mel Coplin
... Nancy Coplin
... Tina Kalb
... Pearl Coplin
... Ed Coplin
... Richard Schlichting
... Mary Schlichting
... Paul Harmon
... Agent Tony Kent
... Valerie Swaney
... Lonnie Schlichting
... Jane (as Beth Ostrosky)
... Sandra (as Cynthia Lamontagne)
... Fritz Boudreau
John Ford Noonan ... Mitch
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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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Comedy

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Amori e disastri  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,891,000, 31 December 1996
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Trivia

Janeane Garofalo turned down the role of Tina Kalb. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mel: [to Agent Tony] You got a lot of nerve. You come in here, you lick my wife's armpit. You know... I'm going to have that image in my head for the rest of my life with your tongue in there.
Nancy Coplin: You deserve it.
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Referenced in Yes, Dear: Flirtin' with Disaster (2003) See more »

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For Duty and Humanity
Written by Stimy, David Hepler, Christopher Spanninga
Performed by Inch
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Funniest Movie. Period.
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm under the impression that 'Flirting With Disaster' JUST isn't getting the respect it totally deserves. No special DVD or anything, it just sits there, waiting to be discovered. I saw this when it first hit the theater, and I have it on VHS (yeah yeah I know, I'm just waiting for the special edition DVD to come out!). I love the plot of this one. Ben Stiller travels with his perfectly cast wife, Patricia Arquette and the adoption agency agent, played by Tia Leoni to try to discover his parents who gave him up for adoption. He needs to have a sense of closure, and also to give a name to his son. He probably didn't realize that this would involve Indian wrestling, truck driving lessons, or a married male couple of FBI agents. The story just piles one hilarious situation after another. I've seen this film at LEAST 10 times and I STILL laugh out loud. It's just THAT funny!


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