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FLIRTING WITH DISASTER

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  • Following the birth of his first child, Mel (Ben Stiller) feels he can't decide on a name until he meets his own biological parents. When he finds his mother's address from Tina (Téa Leoni), an incompetent but attractive adoption agency employee, Mel and his wife Nancy (Patricia Arquette) and their baby son travel to San Diego to meet her — with Tina in tow to document the reunion for her PhD thesis. Things don't go quite as planned, and soon the strange group is careening across the United States, meeting and picking up an assortment of sweet oddballs along the way. Twenty years after the film's Cannes Un Certain Regard premiere, David O. Russell's sophomore feature FLIRTING WITH DISASTER still boasts laugh-out-loud situations and hilarious performances from Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin and others (including Josh Brolin as a gay ATF agent), all as people dealing with the joys and exasperations of family, fidelity and bed-and-breakfast culture. — Sudeep Sharma

  • David O. Russell has directed the critically acclaimed and award winning films SPANKING THE MONKEY (1994); FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (1996); I HEART HUCKABEES (2004); THREE KINGS (1999); and the Oscar® nominated titles THE FIGHTER (AFI FEST 2010), SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (AFI FEST 2012), AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) and JOY (2015).

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