Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1996. Miramax. Screenplay by David O. Russell. Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards. Produced by Dean Silvers. Music by Stephen Endelman. Production Design by Kevin Thompson. Costume Design by Ellen Lutter. Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen. Independent Spirit Awards 1996.
Brilliant, witty film by David O. Russell (his second after Spanking The Monkey) about a new father (Ben Stiller) 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 (Téa Leoni) 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.