Fatal Instinct (1993) USA
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Director:Carl Reiner
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:Katie Jacobs, Pierce Gardner, Pieter Jan Brugge
Writer:David O'Malley
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Genre:Dangerous Attraction
Picture Format:Pan & Scan
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Commentary by director Carl Reiner and writer David O'Malley, Unknown
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Features:Deleted scenes featuring Dudley Moore with writer and director's commentary
Carl Reiner  ...  (Director)
David O'Malley  ...  (Writer)
Armand Assante  ...  Ned Ravine
Edward Blanchard  ...  Restroom Patron
Blake Clark  ...  Milo Crumley
Clarence Clemons  ...  Clarence
Michael Cumpsty  ...  Laura's Husband
Christopher Darga  ...  
Sherilyn Fenn  ...  Laura Lincolnberry
Tim Frisbie  ...  Guy in Bumper Car
David Greenlee  ...  Restroom Stall Patron
Eartha Kitt  ...  
Laurie Lapinski  ...  
Harvey Levine  ...  
Michael MacCleod  ...  Freckle-Faced Kid
Christopher McDonald  ...  Frank Kelbo
Kate Nelligan  ...  Lana Ravine
Tony Randall  ...  Judge Skanky
James Remar  ...  Max Shady
John Witherspoon  ...  Arch
Sean Young  ...  Lola Cain
Gabriel Beristain  ...  Cinematographer
Bud Molin  ...  Editor
Stephen R. Myers  ...  Editor
Comments: Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.

Summary: Carl Reiner tried to give the Mel Brooks treatment to the Fatal Attraction/Basic Instinct genre of films about vicious, conniving women and the not-so-bright men who get involved with them. In this case, it's Armand Assante, an actor not particularly known for his comedic chops. He plays a guy who is both a police detective and a defense attorney, so he can defend the people he arrests. He becomes the target of a female stalker (Sean Young, in a bit of typecasting), as well as the dupe in a murder plot involving his wife (Kate Nelligan). Reiner takes a scattershot approach to comedy, hoping to play in the same ballpark as the Zucker brothers or Brooks. While he hits a few singles and the occasional double, he never knocks a joke out of the park and so the movie winds up with an awful lot of pop fouls. --Marshall Fine