• Publication date: November 22, 2010

Flirting with Disaster

A man searching for his biological parents may not like what he finds.

  • Publication date: November 22, 2010

Flirting with Disaster

Program data

Duration: 90

Production Year: 1996

MBC 2:

March 30, 2012 05:30 (KSA) ~ March 30, 2012 04:30 (CLT)

Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) was adopted as an infant, and never knew his biological parents.  He has a four-month old son with his wife, Nancy Coplin (Patricia Arquette) but refuses to name the child until he uncovers his roots.

Tina Kalb (Téa Leoni) is a graduate student finishing her Ph.D.  Mel's quest can be used in Tina's dissertation, and so she pays for the trek to find Coplin's biological parents.  What should be a relatively simple task becomes increasingly complex as they encounter misspelled names, gay ATF agents, and LSD.  By the time the trip ends, Mel may wish he had never met his biological parents at all.

Flirting with Disaster was filmed for a meager $7 million, and earned $14 million, deeming it a commercial success.



Directed by: David O. Russell





  • Ben Stiller
  • Patricia Arquette
  • Téa Leoni
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • George Segal
  • Alan Alda
  • Lily Tomlin