• Released
  • March 22, 1996
  • R , 1 hr 32 min
  • Comedy
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Flirting with Disaster Synopsis
An adoption-agency psychologist tempts a father while they and his wife search for his birth father.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A buoyant, picaresque farce that hums with goofy energy and mines enough ideas, jokes and setups for three movies of this description.
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100

Time

By Richard Schickel
Upon all these folks, writer-director David O. Russell turns a bland, almost anthropological eye. Nothing surprises him and nothing...
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90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Flirting With Disaster, like that Energizer Bunny, keeps on going. But in this case, the perpetual motion is a deliciously hysterical rush.
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90

Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
Writer-director David O. Russell's exhilarating follow-up to "Spanking the Monkey," is even wilder, giddier and more unpredictable than...
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90

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Mr. Russell's wonderfully mad odyssey of a movie, in which a man sets out to find his biological parents and winds up meeting more weirdos...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Not as corrosive as Russell's debut feature, "Spanking the Monkey," it's just as wild, just as strange, and even funnier.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Has the sort of headlong confidence the genre requires. Russell finds the strong central line all screwball begins with, the seemingly...
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Taking the concept of the dysfunctional family to a degree that might even boggle Leo Tolstoy's mind, Flirting With Disaster is every son...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Flirting is a little too weighed down with stage business to soar. But episode for episode, it's one of the ha-ha-funniest movies currently...
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70

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Highly unlikely plot complications never once threaten to throw this remarkably amusing film off-track, thanks to the narrative...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Dark comedy about family includes some sexy stuff and drugs.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF