About to stay a summer internship, promising young medical student, Raymond Aibelli's mother, Susan, breaks her leg. Housebound and immobile, his father, Tom, makes Raymond stay home and ... See full summary »
David O. Russell
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Filmmakers Tricia Regan, David O. Russell and Juan Carlos Zaldivar interview dozens of people about the 2004 Iraq war, including soldiers, journalists, politicians, psycholgists, and even a... See full summary »
A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
David O. Russell
Raymond L. Brown Jr.,
The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!
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
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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 »
At the end of the movie, when they are at the jail, the baby goes from asleep to awake in different shots. See more »
You do know it is a federal offense to destroy a United States Post Office?
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The VHS and laserdisc versions (but not the DVD release) feature additional scenes during the end credits, not included in the original theatrical cut, showing the whereabouts of Tina and Tony and Paul. See more »
Mel goes through a lot of adversity in his quest for his birth parents. Some (but not much) is physical comedy, such as the destruction of a tiny post office, but most of it is just humorous situations. Along the journey, there are unfaithful spouses, including a gay man who cheats on his partner with a woman. And LSD, 30 years after the era of hippies and free love.
This wasn't really my kind of movie, but it was very funny at times and well written and well acted. I especially liked Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin, who may or may not have been Mel's birth parents. Mary Tyler Moore was good as Mel's controlling and neurotic adoptive mother, but I didn't really care for her that way. The sexual humor was quite frank, even after being sanitized somewhat for TV.
An unexpected plot twist could have sent this movie in a whole new direction and made it quite a bit longer. I was disappointed when that didn't happen.
This was worth seeing for those who like this style of comedy.
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