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R| 1 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin (Ben Stiller) decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina (Tea Leoni), he departs on an epic road trip that quickly devolves into a farce of mistaken identities, wrong turns, and overzealous and love-struck ATF agents (Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins).

Cast: Ben Stiller , Patricia Arquette , Tea Leoni , Alan Alda , Mary Tyler Moore , George Segal , Lily Tomlin , Josh Brolin

Director: David O. Russell

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Miramax Films

Flirting With Disaster (1996)

Release Date: March 22nd, 1996|1 hr. 32 min.

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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A buoyant, picaresque farce that hums with goofy energy and mines enough ideas, jokes and setups for three movies of this description. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Has the sort of headlong confidence the genre requires. Russell finds the strong central line all screwball begins with, the seemingly serious mission or quest, and then throws darts at a map of the United States as he creates his characters. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Not as corrosive as Russell's debut feature, "Spanking the Monkey," it's just as wild, just as strange, and even funnier. show more

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