Fatal Instinct

1993

Fatal Instinct

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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.

Cast

Armand Assante
as Ned Ravine
Kate Nelligan
as Lana Ravine
James Remar
as Max Shady
Clarence Clemons
as Clarence--Lola's Theme Maker
Michael Cumpsty
as Laura's Husband
Blake Clark
as Milo Crumley
Edward Blanchard
as Restroom Patron
David Greenlee
as Restroom Stall Patron
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
Bunny Summers
as Train Passenger
Jane Lynch
as Prison Reporter
Julie Donatt
as Reporter
Casey King
as Prison Reporter
Jacob Vargas
as Flower Delivery Man
Mark Anthony
as Sports Announcer
Bob Uecker
as Sportscaster
Doc Severinsen
as Guest Musician
Ronnie Schell
as Conductor
George Lopez
as Murder Investigator
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 (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (18)

Audience Reviews for Fatal Instinct

  • Dec 10, 2018
    I will reward the film for being entertaining, but it is a misfire on most fronts. The noir style and humour serve the film well and there are funny jokes that hit or wildly miss. Assante throws everything at the role, quite similiar to Nielson with The Naked Gun and it pays off for the film. The key factor for the film failing is the slim plotting and jokes that aren't that clever. Character actors like Young and Remar are wasted in thankless roles, Young deserved a wider career in Hollywood. The filmmakers fail to create anything worthy of the talent and we suffer through all the spoof moments and weird moments, a skunk on a rollercoaster, really? Reiner was an inspired choice and had they cast Steve Martin, this might have been a very different movie. Not a great film, but worth a look. 10/12/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2011
    A film-noir spoof. Not funny. Just not funny.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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

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