I am a huge fan of David O. Russell. I love Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. I really like The Fighter. I liked Joy. I even like Accidental Love, the film that he disowned. I was really excited when I found that one of his earliest films was available on Netflix, so I decided to give it a watch.
The film had a really great cast, much like many of O. Russell's other films. Ben Stiller was really funny in his role and had great chemistry both with Patricia Arquette and Téa Leoni. Leoni was hilarious in her role, as was Josh Brolin in a smaller supporting role. Lily Tomlin also only makes a brief appearance, but it's memorable.
The script had O. Russell's brand of smart, slightly quirky humor that I love about his movies. It moved along at a good pace, but it also felt complete at the end. I laughed out loud at many points because of how funny it was. The plot was intriguing. It almost felt predictable, but there were a couple of changes made that threw off my predictions.
Overall, I was really pleased with this movie. Unlike many other directors, O. Russell's earlier films are not his least polished. In fact, I think that this is one of his better ones, about equal in quality to The Fighter.
Flirting with Disaster
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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