Flirting with Disaster
($9.99 DVD, Lions Gate)
Before Zoolander and Meet the Fockers, Ben Stiller starred in this 1996 gem as a married New Yorker who decides to find his birth parents. With his wife (Patricia Arquette) and adoption agent (Tea Leoni) along for the ride, he embarks on a cross-country trip and encounters a menagerie of oddball characters including married gay cops (Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin) and a couple of ex-hippie stoners (Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin). Written and directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter), Disaster is a smart and wickedly funny comedy that has improved with age.