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''Fatal Instinct'' is a 1993 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner that parodies erotic thrillers such as ''Film/FatalAttraction'' and ''Film/BasicInstinct''.

The movie follows Ned Ravine (police officer '''and''' lawyer) who has an affair with a woman named Lola Cain. Ned's wife Lana and her auto mechanic Frank, whom she's having an affair with, start plotting to kill Ned in order to collect on his accident insurance. The film continues, following the ensuing antics involved.

The film stars Creator/ArmandAssante as Ned, Creator/SeanYoung as Lola, Creator/KateNelligan as Lana and Sherilyn Fenn as Laura Lincolnberry, Ned's secretary.

Not to be confused with ''Film/FatalAttraction''.

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!!Tropes associated with this work:

* ActorAllusion: Laura has fantasies about Ned as [[Film/TheMamboKings "The Mambo King"]].
* AffectionateParody: "Femme Fatale" movies like ''Film/FatalAttraction'' and ''Film/BasicInstinct'', among others. It can be a little hard to take ''DoubleIndemnity'' seriously after seeing this, as so much of the "[[FilmNoir hard-boiled]]" dialogue in ''Fatal Instinct'' was lifted directly from that.
* AsideGlance: Lola Cain, after Ned Ravine turns her down.
* TheBigBoard: Lana Ravine uses one to explain her murder plan.
* BigNo: Ned Ravine screams the obligatory "No!" when he fears that a jilted ex-lover boiled his skunk.
* BiTheWay: When asked if he "[[InnocentInnuendo goes both ways]]", Ned Ravine muses about an affair he had with a mate in college.
* BottomlessMagazines: Twice when Lana is firing her revolver. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] during the courtroom scene.
* CameraAbuse: After Ned Ravine finds his skunk missing the camera follows him. As it does so it runs into a tree and the lens breaks.
* CarChase: Parodied. The cop/lawyer hero and a crook he arrests and represents chase each other down at a carnival with bumper cars.
* CatScare: Parodied. While Ned Ravine is searching his house for intruders he opens the medicine cabinet in his bathroom and discovers his cat inside it. The cat jumps out yowling.
* CollidingCriminalConspiracies: Both Ravine's unfaithful wife Lana and released convict Max Shady plot to kill him on the same train ride. Lana ends up shooting Shady by mistake because he also wears Ravine's trademark blue suit.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Parodied with a murder scene where the cops think the victim killed himself with an electric drill. In the back. And the thing's still on.
* CostumeTestMontage: Ned Ravine takes his secretary Laura Lincolnberry to a store to buy her a gift and they both end up trying on women's clothes to the tune ''Brown Eyed Girl''.
* CourtroomAntics: Both the prosecution and the defense during Lana Ravine's trial. And the colour commentary.
* CueCard: Ned Ravine's partner holds up cards with MirandaRights written on them.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Laura had been on the run from her abusive husband.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Parodied in-universe, with the protagonist's internal monologue being comprised of constant non-sequiturs, nonsensical analogies, and meaningless insights.
* FemmeFatale: Lola Cain and Lana Ravine
* FiveFiveFive: Lampshaded (like so many other tropes) by every phone number being 555-5555.
* FlashbackEcho: In a parody of ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy''. Twice when Laura Lincolnberry sees some disarranged towels, she has a flashback to her [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]] getting angry at her because of his obsessive need for everything to be perfectly arranged, including towels.
* TheFool: Lawyer/cop Ned "I don't look as dumb as I am" Ravine wanders blisfully through life as an ignorant buffoon, not noticing that several different people are all plotting his death.
* FreudianThreat: In the backstory, Max Shady threatened to cut off his lawyer Ned Ravine's penis after Ravine lost Shady's case.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Laura Lincolnberry uses one to give her ex-husband a TapOnTheHead.
* FunWithSubtitles: Lana and Frank meet in the park to plot Ned's murder. They speak in Yiddish so no one can understand them, but an observer comments on their conversation, explaining that "I can read the subtitles."
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At a murder scene the cops in the background keep falling over each other due to the amount of blood on the floor.
* GroinAttack: Lana at the shooting range with a human-shaped target.
* HisAndHers: Parodied with those of Laura Lincolnberry and her abusive husband.
* HollywoodLaw: It would not be legal for a lawyer to defend someone he played a direct role in arresting, as this would be a conflict of interest. Fortunately, the film runs on RuleOfFunny.
* HollywoodSilencer: Parodied. When Max Shady test fires his silencer-equipped weapon in the train it makes a soft "fwip" as usual. He adjusts the silencer to "softer" and fires it again: this time it makes no noise at all.
* InnerMonologue: During dinner, Ned and Laura accidentally hear each other's thoughts. Then it turns into the Inner Dialogue.
* LampshadeHanging: Oh, so very much. One of the primary gags.
* LadyInRed: Lola Cain, the FemmeFatale, appears in a red dress when she seduces Ned Ravine.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
** During TheReveal that Lola and Lana [[spoiler: are sisters]].
** Whenever Lola is on screen there is usually a visible saxophone player in the background.
* LimitedWardrobe: Ned Ravine has a closet completely filled with identical blue suits. He asks his secretary which one he should wear. The secretary responds "The blue one".
* LookBothWays: While Ned is getting lost in one of his private monologues, he gets run over by a bus. He shrugs it off in the next scene.
* MadeOfIron: Max Shady at first doesn't seem to notice that Lana is shooting him.
* MediumAwareness: There are several such moments, including this interaction: "You speak Yiddish?" "No, but I can read the subtitles." - at which point, the two characters discussing the [[spoiler: murder/insurance fraud plot]] look down at their subtitles and FacePalm.
* MirandaRights: Ned Ravine reads them to a captured bank robber.
* MrExposition: Secretary Laura Lincolnberry explains the situation in great detail to her boss Ned Ravine.
* MurderByMistake: Lana Ravine and Max Shady [[CollidingCriminalConspiracies both attempt to kill Ned Ravine on a train ride]] (the former for her husband's life insurance, the latter for revenge). Lana ends up shooting Shady by mistake because he happens to be wearing the same blue suit as her husband, making them look sorta similar when viewed from the back.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Max Shady (the escaped ex-con stalking Ned Ravine) does this several times. At least once his picture was on the front of the newspaper.
* OperaGloves: Lola Cain wears them.
* OvertRendezvous: Lana and Frank meet in a park to plot the death of Ned.
* PlayingAgainstType: Armand Assante
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Lola Cain to Ned Ravine after he calls her a "sure thing".
* RapidFireComedy
* TheReliableOne: Laura is this for Ned.
* SaltAndPepper: Police officer Ned Ravine and his black partner.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Spoofed when the FemmeFatale keeps blowing smoke in the protagonist's face until he's covered by a layer of smog.
-->'''Ned Ravine:''' I think you smoke too much.
* {{Sexophone}}: A saxophone player actually follows the FemmeFatale around during her more sultry moments.
* ShoutOut: The title, to ''Film/BasicInstinct'' and ''Film/FatalAttraction.''
** Many within the dialogue and the plot.
* SmellySkunk: Averted; he's been descented.
* SpinningPaper: The headline for Lana Ravine's trial is introduced this way until Lola Cain yanks it out of the air.
* SpitefulSpit: Max Shady to Ned Ravine when he was found guilty.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Ned denying that he knows Lola.
* TapOnTheHead: Laura Lincolnberry knocks out her ex-husband by hitting him on the head with a FryingPanOfDoom.
* TattooedCrook: Spoofed by Max Shady. His prison tattoos include quotes by Pee Wee Herman and Bart Simpson, and mementos to remind him which of his hands is right or left.
* ThatPoorCat: Occurs twice: once when Laura Lincolnberry punches and breaks the cookie jar, and again when she shoots Lola Cain and Lana Ravine at the same time.
* ThatWasObjectionable: Spoofed during Lana Ravine's trial.
-->'''Prosecuting attorney:''' Your honor, I object! There's no reason for this trial to concern itself with the facts of the case!
* UndersideRide: Max Shady hangs onto the underside of a vehicle while it drives along. When he gets out, it's revealed that friction with the roadway wore through his clothing, exposing his buttocks.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: During the FunWithSubtitles scene.
* YouJustToldMe: Ned Ravine's secretary Laura Lincolnberry and the lipstick that wasn't on his collar.

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