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March 25, 2019

Science on Screen

: Flirting with Disaster with New York Times columnist and science author Carl Zimmer

David O. Russell’s acclaimed screwball comedy stars Ben Stiller as Mel Coplin, a new father who is determined to locate his biological parents. Accompanied by his wife (Patricia Arquette), his infant son, and a flighty adoption counselor (Téa Leoni), Mel sets off on a cross-country journey in search of his roots. Along the way, they are joined by a pair of ATF agents (Josh Brolin and Richard Jenkins); his adoptive parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal); and a host of other colorful characters.

Before the film, award-winning New York Times columnist and science author Carl Zimmer (She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity) will discuss the explosion of genetic testing and what it reveals about our ancestry.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

View other presentations in the Science on Screen Series.


Coolidge Corner Theatre


Recommended for: Grades 10 – 12 and adults

Presented by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in association with the Museum of Science.

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: members, students, and seniors: $11.25; general admission: $13.25

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