Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin (Ben Stiller) decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina (Tea Leoni), he departs on an epic road trip that quickly devolves into a farce of mistaken identities, wrong turns, and overzealous and love-struck ATF agents (Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins).

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  1. David O. Russell

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Ben Stiller

    Ben Stiller

    Mel Coplin

  2. Patricia Arquette

    Patricia Arquette

    Nancy Coplin

  3. Téa Leoni

    Téa Leoni

    Tina Kalb

  4. Mary Tyler Moore

    Mary Tyler Moore

    Pearl Coplin

  5. Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Richard Schlichting

  6. George Segal

    George Segal

    Ed Coplin

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

Budget $7,000,000.00

Revenue $14,702,438.00

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Release Information

  • March 22, 1996
    R, Theatrical



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