Flirting with Disaster

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Mel (Stiller) has a wife, Nancy (Arquette), an as yet unnamed baby, and a 'psychic need' to track down his biological parents. An adoption agency provides him with information so efficiently that he readily agrees to let research psychologist Tina (Leoni) witness the reunion. Besides, she's an attractive ex-dancer and he and Nancy aren't exactly back up to speed in the bedroom. Unfortunately, there's been a mix-up in the records, and the next 'father' he checks out isn't legitimate either; so the threesome - plus baby - work their way across the country, picking up a couple of gay federal agents en route. Writer/director Russell's follow-up to the incest comedy Spanking the Monkey confirms his gift for acute mischief-making. The neurotic frenzy threatens to annoy, but Russell's edgy, abbreviated style generates farcical comic friction without sacrificing character. When, early on, that icon of wholesomeness Mary Tyler Moore flashes her support bra, it's clear that, henceforth, nothing's sacred. It must be excruciatingly embarrassing to be related to this film-maker, but he's fast becoming a favourite son to the rest of us.
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Release details

UK release:

1996

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Patricia Arquette, Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, George Segal, Téa Leoni, Lily Tomlin, Ben Stiller

Production Designer:

Kevin Thompson

Cinematography:

Eric A Edwards

Director:

David O Russell

Editor:

Chris Tellefsen

Screenwriter:

David O Russell

Producer:

Dean Silvers

Music:

Stephen Endelman

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