Flirting With Disaster

6.71 h 32 min1996X-RayR
The comic odyssey of an adopted yuppie who embarks on a cross-country search for his birth parents, led by a sexy yet incompetent case worker.
David O. Russell
Ben StillerPatricia ArquetteTea Leoni
English [CC]
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Alan AldaMary Tyler MooreGeorge SegalLily TomlinJosh BrolinRichard JenkinsCelia WestonGlenn FitzgeraldBeth OstroskyCynthia LamontagneDavid Patrick KellyJohn Ford NoonanCharlet Oberly
Dean Silvers
R (Restricted)
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Violencesubstance usealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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johnReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Flirting With Perfection
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Great movie; love it love it love it. This was before director David O. Russell went cock-eyed for Jennifart Lawrence and Marky Mark and started making those Oscar-hungry Scorcese-lite movies. This one is his best by far.
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AlfReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I need to get my dish re-aimed, and soon, so I stop ordering bad movies!!! I'm glad this movie did not cost anymore than it did. The previews made it look like it would be funny, it wasn't, it was more dumb than funny. The ending??? It's like the movie ended in the middle of the story!! 🥱🙄 Good thing though, I wouldn't of been able to keep watching if it kept going.
Barbara A. RuesReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy Funny!!!
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In search of his birth parents, a new father, his wife, baby, and too-sexy adoption agency worker, go on a wild ride across country and back, proving, among other things, that you really should be careful what you wish for! This movie was hilarious and kept throwing surprises at you. Amazing cast outdoes itself, and tho I usually go in the opposite direction when I see Ben Stiller, he's perfect in this. I've seen it 5 or 6 times and still enjoy watching it with friends who haven't seen it yet! When you find a movie you've never heard of and give it a try, it often turns out there's a reason, it's just not good. This little secret gem is an exception to that rule!
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David E. GregsonReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A comic masterpiece
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Screwball comedy at its best with a fantastic cast! Every gag works and director David O. Russell displays a tremendous sense of comic timing in the cutting and editing of scenes, but he also seems to let his actors do what they want. One thinks of Robert Altman. Lili Tomlin and Alan Alda are priceless as Ben Stiller's drug-dealing "real" birth parents, and George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore are hysterical as the fussy and irritable adoptive parents. Simply delicious plot complications. Josh Brolin and Richard E. Jenkins are memorably funny as married-to-each-other Federal agents. Tea Leoni is perfect as the ditzy adoption counselor, and Patricia Arquette works beautifully as Stiller's almost infinitely tolerant wife with a babe in arms.
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AnanaReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very dated, not so funny
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It was interesting seeing all of these actors in an ensemble, but it feels like a hammy, high school production, and is very dated, not aging well.
Andres FilmReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie makes me tear with laughter!
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I don't normally write reviews because I'm a very lazy person, but I just bought this collector's edition dvd which I haven't received yet but wanted to share to anybody who loves dark witty humor, don't miss this movie, it makes me laugh since the 1st minute till the last! Mary Taylor Moore should have received an award for this film, the hole cast is perfect! and the scene that makes me cry more is when stiller brakes the glass animal collection from the 1st family they visit, and they are picking the pieces from the floor, he picks one piece and the mother says "oh that's the dog's tale" so he throws it away and she goes "don't throw it!" man, don't ask me why but that scene makes me roll on the floor, the hole movie is full of this small details that make it brilliant, a brilliant comedy! Don't miss it!Hope the extras in the dvd are good, I had the old copy and it sucked big time!
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gregReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very funny, off-the-wall comedy
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Very funny, off-the-wall comedy. Eccentric. Mary Tyler Moore and especially Lily Tomlin are hilarious.Concerns a guy(Ben Stiller) who was adopted and wants to find his real parents. Everybody in this plays a distinct character with unique quirks and does it really well. Its well-written and moves quickly! Bizarre stuff is common in this movie. Recommended.
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JcoverloadReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best
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Great classic. Hilariously original.
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