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Fatal Instinct (1993)



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Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and countless other modern erotic thrillers are spoofed in this generally flat attempt at Zucker Brothers style parody. A multi-talented prosecuting attorney and homicide detective becomes involved with a potentially dangerous femme fatale against a background of continual deadpan gags.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David O'Malley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment


Armand Assante
as Ned Ravine
Kate Nelligan
as Lana Ravine
James Remar
as Max Shady
Clarence Clemons
as Clarence--Lola's The...
Michael Cumpsty
as Laura's Husband
Blake Clark
as Milo Crumley
Edward Blanchard
as Restroom Patron
David Greenlee
as Restroom Stall Patro...
Tim Frisbie
as Guy in Bumper Car
Michael MacLeod
as Freckled-Faced Kid
Carl Reiner
as Judge Ben Arugula
Laurie Lapinski
as Frightened Woman
Eartha Kitt
as First Trial Judge
Harvey Levine
as Blind Guy
Christopher Darga
as Prison Guard
Bernard Hiller
as Prison Reporter
Lucy Lin
as Prison Reporter
Jane Lynch
as Prison Reporter
Bunny Summers
as Train Passenger
Julie Donatt
as Reporter
Casey King
as Prison Reporter
Jacob Vargas
as Flower Delivery Man
Bob Uecker
as Sportscaster
Mark Anthony
as Sports Announcer
Doc Severinsen
as Guest Musician
George Lopez
as Murder Investigator
Ronnie Schell
as Conductor
Keith Campbell
as Murder Investigator
Rosie O'Donnell
as Pet Store Owner
Gregory Sporleder
as Court Clerk
Roger E. Reid
as Court Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | 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… | January 1, 2000
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… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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