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Fatal Instinct (1993)

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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is ... See full summary »

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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other sublots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun. Check the rating ! Written by Rob Hartill

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Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »
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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Triple Indemnity  »

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$7,852,653 (USA)
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A scene was filmed with Dudley Moore appearing in drag as Max Shady's mother, testifying at Lana's trial. Although the scene was cut from the movie, it is included on the DVD release. See more »

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When Ravine throws a shoe out the window at the bird, it hits a background screen. See more »

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Laura Lincolnberry: [thinking] I wonder what he's thinking when he looks at me with that goofy smile.
Ned Ravine: [thinking] Boy, does she look stupid in that hat.
Laura Lincolnberry: [thinking] If I told him how I really feel, he'd probably fire me. Oh, what am I saying? He probably doesn't even know I exist.
Ned Ravine: [thinking] Laura's incredible. And so smart. I wonder if she's smart enough to know that that was Lola's lipstick on my collar? And that we spent the night bumping ugly and knocking boots?
Laura Lincolnberry: [thinking] Maybe I should dress more like Lola Cain. ...
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Nothing fatal about this one
5 October 2004 | by (Norberg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Very funny film noir spoof, that's undeservedly criticised. It may lack the "quality" feel of e.g. The Naked Gun, but I think it's almost as funny.

The film looks great, and the jokes aren't as much of a hit-and-miss affair as you could fear. Naturally it's almost essential that you've seen most of the films it takes a crack at (Double Indemnity, Body Heat, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Sleeping with the Enemy just to mention a few).

But what really elevates Fatal Instinct above similar efforts is the brilliant performance from Armand Assante, who displays a comic timing that I never would have guessed he had. He plays his completely oblivious-to-everything-that's-happening-around-him detective with such dead pan seriousness, that it's impossible not to laugh (the scenes with his skunk little Neddy are hilarious).

Never mind the critics, find this film and see it. [8/10]


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