FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
1996, Miramax, 92 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Hoping to better understand his own upbringing, Ben Stiller piles his new baby, wife Patricia Arquette and adoption agency case worker Téa Leoni into a car and sets out on a cross-country odyssey in search of his birth parents, finding mistaken identity, misdirected advances and more along the way. Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin costar in this hilarious modern screwball. "FLIRTING thrusts you into a sexy, giddy maelstrom of confusion, mischance and misadventure that gets funnier and funnier as it goes along." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


CALIFORNIA SUITE
1978, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

An all-star cast - including Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Supporting Actress Oscar winner Maggie Smith - sparkles in this Neil Simon-penned comedy, which follows couples in varying stages of fidelity at the Beverly Hills Hotel through four vignettes. "The most agreeably realised Simon film in years." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times


CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
1989, MGM Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Successful ophthalmologist and wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is in a bind when longtime mistress Dolores (Anjelica Huston), fed up with years of noncommitment and empty promises, threatens to go to his wife with the truth. While Judah considers a wickedly devastating solution to his problem, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Woody Allen) must put aside his passion project about a philosophy professor and instead profile his successful weasel of a brother-in-law Lester (Alan Alda). All of Allen’s hilariously hyperbolic obsessions are in fine form here - religion, guilt, sex, death, disgust with the mainstream - but darkly tainted with a bleakness rarely seen in his career of filmmaking.


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