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Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster (1996) is a fast-paced U.S. comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell[?] about a young father's search for his biological parents. After the birth of his son, Mel Coplin, who was adopted as a newborn child by a Jewish couple, sets out to find his natural parents, whom he has never met before: He and his wife have a baby which is still unnamed because the man has not yet met his parents.


Marital bliss: Arquette and Stiller
Ben Stiller ............... Mel Coplin
Patricia Arquette[?] ..... Nancy Coplin
George Segal[?] .......... Mr Coplin
Mary Tyler Moore .... Mrs Coplin
Alan Alda ................. Richard Schlichting
Lily Tomlin .............. Mary Schlichting
Téa Leoni[?] ............... Tina

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Together with Tina, a sexy but highly inefficient adoption agency employee, he and his family embark on what turns out to be a tour of the United States: Repeatedly, Mel gets hold of the wrong people. When he is finally face to face with his biological parents it is only to find out that they are ex-cons who, ever since the 1960s, have been hippies producing drugs in their own basement and who had to put him up for adoption because they had to go to jail.

Incorporating, and making fun of, various elements of road movies[?], Flirting with Disaster also takes a light-hearted look at the serious issues of same-sex partnerships, adoption, and drug abuse.

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