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Fatal Instinct

3.8 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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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 as 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!

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  • Deleted scenes featuring Dudley Moore with writer and director's commentary

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  • Actors: Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Writers: David O'Malley
  • Producers: Katie Jacobs, Pierce Gardner, Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008972V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fatal Instinct" on IMDb

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By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 25, 2006
Format: DVD
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!
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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....
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Fatal Instinct is a super under rated film
I think runs circles around a films like Airplane, and the Scary Movie Films, along with all the "cheap" and lazy parody films as of late

It's complex but, overly silly film that parodies maybe too many films?
In many ways it's to ambitious for it's own good
but, if you seen it during it's first home video run on VHS you probably love it or hate it
I personally love it for what it is

The Cast is really good
Armand Assante as Ned Ravine (cop/attorney) He is so dead pan and plays everything so perfectly straight you can't help but, appreciate his performance!
Sherilyn Fenn as Laura Lincolnberry Ned's secretary who is in love with Ned but, has some secrets of her own!
This is early 90's Sherilyn Fenn looking stunning a real under-rated actress
Kate Nelligan as Lana Ravine Ned's wife who is a cheating wannabe murderer (The first time i seen this i never liked Kate's performance but, over the years after countless viewings of this film she does a great job she's channeling a female from Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon it's easy to miss or just not catch with all the silly sight gags but, Kate Nelligan does lots of heavy lifting in this film
Sean Young as Lola Cain (Great performance all around she's mimicking Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct but, with a few twist) Every time i see this film I can't help but, wonder what if she got the role as Catwoman in Batman Returns.... Over the years Young has been over-looked or just thrown to the waste side which is such a shame!
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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!
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This is a hilarious movie. If you're into spoof movies, this is a pretty decent one. There is a great mix of wit, one-liners, intellectual humor, and some basic fart humor. To me, Armand Assante wouldn't appear to be a likely candidate for the lead role in a spoof comedy like this, but he nailed it and is quite hilarious in doing so. Just watch it. You'll laugh.
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Silly satire with a few truly funny scenes (really got me to chuckling unexpectedly) and lines scattered here and there and about. Not too bad a movie to waste an hour and a half out of your day or night, if you have the time to waste. Of course if you are vehemently opposed to wasting time then you wouldn't want to watch this movie. :-) I did not watch the whole thing myself and I generally don't mind wasting time.
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This (Carl Reiner) movie is one of the top 5 spoof movies of all time. Right on par with Airplane and nearly as funny as Blazing Saddles (but not as socially significant). It claims to be standard but played wide on my flat screen so I am not sure but it looked and sounded good.
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By A Customer on November 24, 2001
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This movie was slammed by critics. The most common review of this said that there was 'just too many jokes' in it. I watched it with a critical eye, and thought it was a really fun movie.
I didn't laugh out loud with tears running down my face, but did spend the entire run time giggling at the antics of all the characters. The cast consists of several Serious Actors (Kate Nelligan, Armand Assante) who play their parts as though they were in a drama. To me, those are excellent comedic acting skills. It's when actors play for laughs that they are not funny.
You might not be tickled by this one if you aren't familiar with the 'film noir' and detective film genre. If you are a fan of those, you will laugh as you recognize all the devices in those films over-used to good effect in this one.
I had a good time watching it...give it a try!
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