My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Flirting With Disaster (1996)

DAVID O. RUSSELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by David O. Russell.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.  

Ben Stiller and Tea Leoni in Flirting With Disaster

Brilliant, witty film by David O. Russell (his second after Spanking The Monkey) about a new father () looking to find out who his natural parents were before he was adopted by Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal.  He finds himself on a cross-country trip with his wife (Patricia Arquette), the attractive but neurotic woman from the adoption agency () and two policemen (Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins) who on top of being partners on the job have a deteriorating romantic relationship to work out. Hilarious situations abound in the adventure until Stiller finally meets his birth parents and realizes that some questions are better left unanswered. One of the best comedies of the year, if not decade, featuring some incisive examinations of long-term relationships and the many insecurities that beset them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: