If you're reading Gizmodo right now, chances are you may be skipping the Oscars this year. I know I am. I didn't see enough of the movies nominated to care. So why not usher in the week with some mid-'90's perfection?
Flirting With Disaster is great on every level. Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette have just had a son, but Ben was adopted and doesn't want to name the baby until he learns about his roots. Hilarity ensues. But not stupid hilarity—really smart, sexy, well written hilarity. The plot is constantly driving forward, the dialogue is terrific, and the soundtrack is really great. The best part, though, is the cast. It's an air-tight comedy A-team: Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni, Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Lily Tomlin, Josh Brolin, and Richard Jenkins. They're all fantastic.
It's got a real indie-flick vibe and it kind of flew under the radar when it first came out in 1996, but it has cemented a place for itself in my Top Ten from that decade. Maybe even Top Five. It's only 93 minutes, so you can still get plenty of sleep before Monday rears its ugly head. Everyone I've ever showed it to (and that's a lot of people now) has loved it, and now I'm showing it to you. I hope you love it, too. [Netflix Instant]