Strange and quirky comedy whose humor depends on how much you
identify with the Ben Stiller's neurotic character. Stiller plays Mel, the adopted
son of two less than perfect parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal). The
birth of his baby boy leads Mel to seek out his real parents, with wife Nancy (Patricia
Arquette), and adoption agency representative Tina (Tea Leoni) in tow.
However, the search is not as simple as it originally seems, putting strains
not only on Mel, but his marriage as well. The film meanders from the quirkiness
of prospective parents, through potential affairs for both Nancy and Mel, and into
the nervous uncertainty of Mel's character. The different vignettes vary in
humor, some of which is hampered by Stiller's character (which may prove
annoying to some). A lot of the gags seem humorous in the abstract, but lose
the humor in the flesh. Still, there are some interesting characters, particularly
Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin as some federal agents, and potential parents
Lily Tomlin and Alan Alda, stuck in the 60s. David O. Russell wrote and directed
a film that won't please all, but will bring some chuckles to some.
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