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Flirting With Disaster [DVD]

Ben Stiller , Patricia Arquette , David O. Russell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni, Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore
  • Directors: David O. Russell
  • Producers: Dean Silvers
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PGTDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sometimes a filmmaker's second movie gets labelled as a sophomore slump. David O Russell shreds that fate with Flirting with Disaster, an outrageous, free-spirited comedy about private people forced into public situations. Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) finds the opportunity he's been waiting a lifetime for: an adoption agency rep (Téa Leoni) has located his birth parents and the agency will fly him to California if they can record the reunion. With wife Nancy (Patricia Arquette) and new son in tow, the neurotic Mel is compelled to discover his origins, despite the protests of his neurotic adoptive parents (a wonderful Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal). To give away the plot any more would be a crime, but as the title states, Mel is on a collision course of Oedipal proportions. Russell, who made incest an intriguing black-comedy topic in Spanking, is very liberal with sex, and permits dangerous situations. The two women along for the ride are not just bit players: Leoni (Deep Impact) keeps her high-energy comic routine flying, while the grounded Arquette looks after the baby, despite the mad wanderings of her husband. Stiller is a perfect comic foil.--Doug Thomas,

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New parent Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) decides that he cannot name his new son until he discovers the identity of his own parents. To the horror of his adoptive parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal), Mel sets out on a quest of discovery with wife Nancy (Patricia Arquette) and sexy psychology student Tina Kalb (Tea Leoni).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Funny 14 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Everybody in this film is perfect. There are several jokes and different subjects to see and laugh. Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) is looking for his real parents and a skinny dancer oh sorry an adoption agency is helping him. Coplin and his wife meet different people and face so many problems. I just finished watching this film and it was a long time that I had not laughed like that. I just can say "Do not miss it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of MEDIUM will love this!! 23 Jun 2014
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Patricia Arquette spends a lot of time showing flesh, so fans of medium will get to see what they've wanted to for 7 seasons...
Plus its a funny film in its own right.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unusual road movie 12 July 2013
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I remember enjoying this movie when first released. But Ben swillers search for his birth parents has not stood up to time and I found their were tedious moments despite some wonderful performances particularly from arquette who I wish I had seen in more movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars flirting with disaster 30 Dec 2012
By maria
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the film flirting with disaster with ben stiller,its a good film,its very romantic,and i really enjoy the film.this is a romantic film and is very good film i really enjoy.i will recomended to my friends.i love
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm, but somehow likeable. 14 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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Anyone expecting this film to be 'wacky' or laugh-out-loud funny is going to be disappointed. However, it's a pleasant movie that keeps one's interest to the end.
Essentially, it's the story of a young man (Ben Stiller) who travels across America looking for his 'real' parents. (He was adopted as a baby.) Accompanying him are his wife (Patricia Arquette) from whom he's recently become a little estranged following the birth of their first child, and an attractive young single woman from the Adoption Agency (Tea Leoni.) One doesn't have to be Einstein to work out what happens next...
What gives the film its charm are the performances from the three main characters. Leoni is the best, exuding a combination of nervousness and gawky sexuality. Arquette is good as a 'smug married' who, without knowing it, has begun to let herself go a little bit, and Stiller plays a difficult role to perfection - a man who doesn't really know who he is or what he wants from life. Cute, but not wimpish.
Unfortunately, some of the supporting characters appear to have wandered in by mistake from a Woody Allen film. Alan Alda appears to be sleep-walking and Mary Tyler Moore plays a particulalarly annoying Jewish American mother.
The main problem with this film is the script. The ending is hurried and somehow unsatisfactory. One gets the feeling the writers came up with an interesting storyline and some good characters, but then didn't really know what to do with them. And they should have included a few more jokes.
This movie is good for a quiet night in. I don't think, however, it'll make it onto anyone's list of All-Time Favourites.
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