Flirting with Disaster Image

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Summary: 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 "S***-kings" by Mrs. Coplin), are discovered in remote New Mexico. There, Mel begins to wonder if he would have been better off not knowing these people, after all.
Runtime: 92 min
Rating: Rated R for language, sexuality and a comic drug scene.
Production: Miramax Films
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jan 13, 2004
Director Credit
David O. Russell Director
Writer Credit
David O. Russell Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Ben Stiller Mel Coplin
Patricia Arquette Nancy Coplin
Téa Leoni Tina Kalb
Cast Credit
Alan Alda Richard Schlichting
Beth Ostrosky Jane
Celia Weston Valerie Swaney
Cynthia Lamontagne Sandra
David Patrick Kelly Fritz Boudreau
George Segal Ed Coplin
Glenn Fitzgerald Lonnie Schlichting
John Ford Noonan Mitch
Josh Brolin Agent Tony Kent
Lily Tomlin Mary Schlichting
Mary Tyler Moore Pearl Coplin
Richard Jenkins Paul Harmon
Producer Credit
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Christopher Goode Associate Producer
Dean Silvers Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Kerry Orent Co-Producer
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