Flirting with Disaster

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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).

Movie Data


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



Cast 25

  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

  7. Lily Tomlin

    Lily Tomlin
    Mary Schlichting

  8. Josh Brolin

    Josh Brolin
    Tomy Kent

  9. Richard Jenkins

    Richard Jenkins
    Paul Harmon

  10. Celia Weston

    Celia Weston
    Valerie Swaney

  11. Glenn Fitzgerald

    Glenn Fitzgerald
    Lonnie Schlichting

  12. Beth Ostrosky
  13. Cynthia Lamontagne
  14. David Patrick Kelly

    David Patrick Kelly
    Fritz Boudreau

  15. John Ford Noonan
  16. CO

    Charlet Oberly
    B&B Lady

  17. Nadia Dajani
  18. Don Creech

    Don Creech
    Cop #1

  19. CB
  20. TK

    Tony Kruk

  21. JT
  22. SM

    Steve Moreno

  23. Tori Davis

    Tori Davis
    Flight Attendant

  24. Shawn Michael Howard
  25. Suzanne Snyder

    Suzanne Snyder
    Alternative Wife (unconfirmed)

Crew 15


  1. KT

    Kevin Thompson
    Production Design

  2. JR

    Judy Rhee
    Art Direction


  1. EA

    Eric Alan Edwards
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. EL

    Ellen Lutter
    Costume Design


  1. David O. Russell
  2. JO

    Julie Oppenheimer
    Script Supervisor


  1. CT


  1. SH


  1. DS

    Dean Silvers

  2. Bob Weinstein

    Bob Weinstein
    Executive Producer

  3. Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein
    Executive Producer

  4. RB
  5. EP

    Ellen Parks


  1. Stephen Endelman

    Stephen Endelman
    Original Music Composer


  1. David O. Russell

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