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Title:
Flirting with disaster
Author:
Russell, David O., 1958- , screenwriter, director.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1999?]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
In a quest to find his biological parents, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller)--joined by his wife (Patricia Arquette) and a sexy adoption counselor (Téa Leoni)--embarks on a cross-country search for his "roots." Yet as he careens from one outrageous situation to another, Mel finds himself tempted by the seductive counselor--even as his wife starts a flirtation of her own! By the time they meet up with his free-spirited birth parents, the whole situation is spinning out of control.
General Note:
Widescreen ed.

Title from disc surface.

Videodisc release of the 1996 motion picture.

"Presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio, approximately 1.85:1"--Container.

Special features: chapter search.

Chapter search index in container.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated R.
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780788815799
Format :
DVD

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In this satirical comedy, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) has a beautiful wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and a four-month old son, and on the surface his life is good. But something's been troubling him: Mel knows he was adopted, and he can't resolve his issues with the mother who gave him away years ago, much to the annoyance of his adoptive parents (George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore). Mel decides it's time he met his birth parents and resolved his feelings once and for all, and Tina (Tea Leoni), a psychology student, has offered to tag along to capture the event on video for a research project. But after a few minutes with Mel's "real" mother, they discover that a mistake has been made and they've been directed to the wrong person. A second meeting, this time with Mel's supposed dad, also turns out to be a mistake, and it's quite some time before Mel, Nancy, and Tina are finally face to face with Mel's biological parents -- a pair of burned-out hippies (played by Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin) who support themselves by dealing blotter acid daubed onto pictures of Ronald Reagan. It doesn't help that Mel finds himself attracted to the very leggy Tina, or that Nancy's head is turned by a bisexual ATF agent (Josh Brolin). Writer/director David O. Russell previously made a splash with his independent debut feature, 1994's Spanking the Monkey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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