'''''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 [[TwinPeaks Sherilyn Fenn]] as Laura Lincolnberry, Ned's secretary.
Not to be confused with ''Film/FatalAttraction''.
!!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
* BottomlessMagazines: Twice when Lana is firing her revolver.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] during the courtroom scene.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A camera runs into a tree and the lens breaks.
* CostumeTestMontage: When Ned Ravine and Laura Lincolnberry are in the store.
* 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.
* FemmeFatale: Lola Cain and Lana Ravine
* FiveFiveFive: Lampshaded (like so many other tropes) by every phone number being 555-5555.
* FreudianThreat: In the backstory, Max Shady threatened to cut off his lawyer Ned Ravine's penis after Ravine lost Shady's case.
* FryingPanOfDoom: See 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."
* 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 with Max Shady's weapon.
* InnerMonologue: During dinner, Ned and Laura accidentally hear each other's thoughts.
** And InnerMonologue turns into the Inner Dialogue.
* LampshadeHanging: Oh, so very much. One of the primary gags.
* 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's suits.
* MadeOfIron: Max Shady at first doesn't seem to notice that Lana is shooting him.
* MirandaRights: Ned Ravine reads them to a captured bank robber.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: Ned Ravine's secretary.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Max Shady
* 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".
* TheReliableOne: Laura is this for Ned.
* SaltAndPepper: Police officer Ned Ravine and his black partner.
* ShoutOut: The title, to ''Film/BasicInstinct'' and ''Film/FatalAttraction.''
** Many within the dialogue and the plot.
* SmellySkunk: Averted; he's been descented.
* SpitefulSpit: Max Shady to Ned Ravine when he was found guilty.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Ned denying that he knows Lola.
* TapOnTheHead: Laura Lincolnberry to her ex-husband.
* ThatPoorCat: Twice.
* 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.