A hot chick with an ice pick takes a stab at loveand laughter in this hysterically funny spooffrom the director of The Jerk and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. As the all-star cast pokes hilarious fun at such steamy thrillers a... more »s Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Sleeping with the Enemy and Cape Fear. Lana. Laura. Lola. They're beautiful, sexy and all after Ned Ravine! One wants to marry him. One wants to kill him. And the other just plain wants him dead or alive!« less
"I loved this movie. It was hilarious. It is a spoof tha twas a response to the rash of, I don't how else to put it, "troubled marriage" movies that came out around this time. It makes fun of Fatal Attraction as well as Sleeping with the Enemy. Absolutly hilarious. HOWEVER, is only comes in STANDARD. I do not understand why a wide screen version is not available. The direector originally intended the movie to be widescreen. Keep it that way. If you must have one side of the DVD Standard and the other side widescreen. Grrr...."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 03/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Carl Reiner's FATAL INSTINCT is a surprisingly funny spoof of movies like FATAL ATTRACTION, BASIC INSTINCT, AND CHINATOWN. It benefits from a lot of AIRPLANE like sight gags and some wonderful one liners tossed off by its unusual cast. Armand Assante, not known for comedic roles, is very funny as the cop/lawyer embroiled in with a beautiful stalker (Sean Young in a sexy performance), and a greedy wife (the usually dramatic Kate Nelligan just perfect in this role) and her dumb lover (Christopher McDonald) who plan to bump him off. Add a vindictive ex-con (James Remar), a devoted secretary (Sherilyn Fenn) and Judge Tony Randall and you have the ingredients for a rather hilarious send up. I laughed a lot and I think you will too!"
5 stars for FUN....0 stars for format on DVD!!!
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 05/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay... what is wrong with this picture? a movie on DVD (FULLSCREEN?) edition...well it happens..but this isn't a cheap knockoff...they have legendary Carl Reiner doing a commentary (he was the director) ...and to add insult to injury....several deleted scenes..PRESENTED in the proper 1:85 widescreen aspect ratio!!!
would it have killed them to issue in the proper ascpect ratio? Its still a very fun/inexpensive purchase, and the bonus features are strong for such a non-hit movie....just wondering WHY no widescreen?
Sorry but I thought it was funny
Wayne A. | Belfast, Northern Ireland | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes the editorial reviews here are funnier than the movies being reviewed. Sean Young typecast? Well, they call that irony where I hail from--and just how does one typecast anyone when the film is meant to be a parody? The lead not known for his comedic chops? Seems Leslie Nielsen wasn't known for his comedic chops which made him (and a bunch of other old hams) ten times funnier when he turned up in "Airplane." Again, something about irony. Irony. Hmmm. What is that? Someone respectable from the UK I believe recently said that Americans lack a sense of it. It's our national failing, our fatal flaw. It's the real reason the world hates us, we don't get anybody's jokes (I heard that exact complaint from a German no less).
To get straight to the meaty core here, this movie is great fun if you like Airplane, Kung Pow, Hot Shots II, or any of the other wacky and wise parodies and satires that came out during the last decade or two (Now then, aren't I being helpful?). If you're a "Scary Movie 1 through 20" fan this may not be your cup of hemlock (I'm helpful here too, trying to save you a few bucks). There's zaniness for its own sake (which really seems to confuse some people) and the courser stuff isn't driving the bus (Yet even more helpfulness on my part, I'd say).
So, basically, if you're a highly intelligent person, likable, talented, with a great sense of humor and irony, an achiever, a born leader, a scholar and a lady or gentleman, then you should own this DVD. If you're a scabrous lurching Neanderthal look elsewhere for entertainment.
[The above statement was intended as an ironic comment on the whole review schtick and is not to be taken literally nor is it meant to offend Neanderthals--the noblest beings that ever lurched scabrously about the Earth. I mean, after all, there is no good or bad, right or wrong, up or down; everything is purely a matter of taste, isn't it. Say, why don't we do here what they do at Harvard--give everything an automatic Five Stars!]
Armand Assante is hilarious!
harry44callahan | Columbus, OH | 03/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one hilarious spoof movie, but what really makes it outstanding is Armand Assante. Seeing Assante playing such a role adds immeasurably to the humor of this movie! Anyone familiar with Assante knows he has always played dramatic/heavy roles until this (check out his performance in "Q&A" with Nick Nolte or "I,the Jury" for powerful examples), and that alone carries this film to must-see status! Truly outstanding!"