Fatal Instinct (1993)



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Obvious lampoon of such erotic hits as Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction, this movie has the good guy doing double duty as both a cop bringing the bad guys in and as a lawyer who then defends them.
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George Lopez
as Murder Investigator
Armand Assante
as Ned Ravine
Eartha Kitt
as First Trial Judge
Carl Reiner
as Judge Ben Arugula
James Remar
as Max Shady
Rosie O'Donnell
as Pet Store Owner
Sean Young
as Lola
Kate Nelligan
as Lana Ravine
Jacob Vargas
as Flower Delivery Man
Jane Lynch
as Prison Reporter
Casey King
as Prison Reporter
Blake Clark
as Milo Crumley
David Greenlee
as Restroom Stall Patron
Ronnie Schell
as Conductor
Gregory Sporleder
as Court Clerk
Mark Anthony
as Sports Announcer
Clarence Clemons
as Clarence--Lola's Theme Maker
Suli McCullough
as Reporter
Michael Cumpsty
as Laura's Husband
Bob Uecker
as Sportscaster
Lucy Lin
as Prison Reporter
Keith Campbell
as Murder Investigator
Bunny Summers
as Train Passenger
Christopher Darga
as Prison Guard
Laurie Lapinski
as Frightened Woman
Michael MacLeod
as Freckled-Faced Kid
Bernard Hiller
as Prison Reporter
Roger E. Reid
as Court Reporter
Julie Donatt
as Reporter
Harvey Levine
as Blind Guy
Doc Severinsen
as Guest Musician
Edward Blanchard
as Restroom Patron
Tim Frisbie
as Guy in Bumper Car
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Critic Reviews for Fatal Instinct

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

The filmmakers have provided critics ample artillery by prominently featuring a skunk in this thuddingly flat spoof of erotic thrillers.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
Top Critic

It's a real pity, because Reiner has certainly been funnier and more inventive on other outings and Sherilyn Fenn makes a winsome gal Friday.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A collection of gags that vary much too wildly in terms of timing and wit.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Small jokes are buried under elaborate setups. Sight gags are repeated to the point of exhaustion.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Lacking in both inspiration and ingenuity, it doesn't so much spoof the conventions of the genre as dumb down famous -- and in some cases, forgotten -- scenes from a slew of other movies.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Maybe you'll be in the right mood and like this stuff. It looks good, and the actors are several notches above the usual parody cast in ability. And yet...

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Fatal Instinct


Having seen 3 or 4 crime drama spoofs in the last coupla weeks let me tell you that it ain't as easy to do as it looks (and yet the pickings so very, very juicy) but Reiner fares well here with both his cast and the Naked Gun style of storytelling, a goulash of goofings garnered and got from 3 or 4 crime dramas like Body Heat and Fatal Attraction, and there are smiles to be had if not outright laffs. A sorely misjudged work.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This outrageous spoof movie is a little too much for it's own good most of the time, so it's not as funny as it could be. Overall, it's okay, though, it's entertaining enough for the most part.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny. I must say not one of the best spoof but not bad. It has alot of LOL moments.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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