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The Clackamas Print
Wednesday, April 24,1996
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‘Flirting with Disaster’:
rare funny comedy for
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“Flirting With Disaster” is one
of those rare comedies where you
find yourself chuckling away
hours, or even days after leaving
the theater. Full of deliciously
funny dialogue and broad slap­
stick, the film is a hilarious mix
of ribald comedy, social commen­
tary, and dysfunctional family
drama.
Writer/director David 0.
Russell tosses in the same jaded,
sardonic humor that peppered his
1993 debut feature “Spanking the
Monkey”, but deals with much
less controversial subject matter
this time around. Comedian Ben
Stiller stars as Mel Coplin, a man
who finds out he was adopted
when he was a young child. His
adoptive parents are Mary Tyler
Moore and George Segal, both
overbearing and neurotic. Mel
and his wife Nancy (played by
Patricia Arquette) are having
their own problems as Mel has
been entirely disinterested in sex
since the birth of.their child. They
decide that the best thing to do is
to track down Mel’s biological
parents, much to the dismay of
Moore and Segal.
Guiding them along the way
is Tina (played by Tea Leoni of
“Bad Boys” and TV’s “The Na­
ked Truth”), a social worker from
the agency that sent Mel to the
Coplins. Along the way, they run
into many misadventures with
often hilarious results. Their
search leads them to a couple
(played by Lily Tomlin and Alan
Alda) who may or may not be
Mel’s biological parents. As they
get to know each other, Mel and
Tina become attracted to each
other, like magnets, and Nancy
searches for the love she is being
denied with Mel.
The film, which was shot by
Portland cinematograpgher Eric
Edwards (“To Die For”, “My Own
Private Idaho”, is uproariously
funny from beginning to end,
even when dealing with touchy
topics such as adoption and mari­
tal infidelity. All of the actors are
wonderful, with a special nod to
Stiller, who mixes smug, smart
aleck remarks with Buster
Keaton-ish physical pratfalls bril­
liantly. The real treat of the film
is the supporting players includ­
ing Moore, Segal, Alda, and
Tomlin, all of which turn in their
best work in years.
“Flirting With Disaster” isn’t
for everybody, but if you like your
humor on the wild side, it’s a sure
thing.
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Staff Writer
Phi Theta Kappa exec meetings 12
noon, M204, Tuesday, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14,
5/21,5/28. ??’s, call Kate Grev ext. 2371
or Rosemary at 257-7765. All PTK mem­
bers welcome.
GALAB: Treat yourself to a support
for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Meet­
ings are Thurdays at 4 p.m. at Starbuck’s
in the Oregon City Fred Meyer’s; and Fri­
days, 12 p.m. in P104. ?’s call ext. 2371.
ALL INTERESTED WRITERS,
POETS PLAYWRIGHTS, READERS.
Come to B241, each Tue. from 12:30 -1:30.
We go to readings, plays & literary events
in Portland. Bring your work oryourself
and join us in a supportive, relaxed envi­
ronment. For more info, contact Allen
Widerbeig, ext. 2359
Need a break on Tuesday nights?
Come join TNT—Tuesday Night To­
gether at Barclay Village, Apt. 404,7:30
p.m. It’s a time of open discussion, en­
couragement, friendship-building, food,
and FUN. Call Carolyn for directions,
info, or if you have ?’s at 650-8526 or
497-3491 (pager).
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