YMMV / Fatal Attraction

  • Accidental Aesop:
    • Career women are bad, housewives are good.
    • Having sex with strangers is possibly deadly...AIDS became well known just around when this movie was released.
    • Glenn Close claims that to this day, men come up to her on the street and thank her for saving their marriage, indicating that they were debating an affair before realizing that the woman might turn out to be a psycho like Alex was.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: He Says She Says all over the damn place. Is he to blame for cheating... or her, for stalking? Which is worse? Does one merit the other as a punishment?
  • Award Snub: 6 Academy Award nominations, zero wins.
  • The Catch Phrase Catches On: After this movie, "bunny boiler" became a popular term for a crazy woman.
    • And the title of the film, "Fatal Attraction", has become a popular term for somebody who becomes obsessed with their love interest.
  • Designated Hero: Dan Gallagher, a Karma Houdini who commits adultery, breaking & entering, assault and intimidation, and never faces any legal consequences for his crimes against Alex. Although his wife is hospitalized and his family suffers, he suffers very little physical harm, never has to take responsibility for his unborn child, and his wife takes him back in the end despite his lying and cheating.
  • Fridge Brilliance: On one level, the bunny boiling incident seems like pointless cruelty from a dangerous stalker. If you think about it though, there may be a deeper meaning involved. Initially, Dan is against buying a rabbit, and his wife and daughter are for it. So when Dan spontaneously buys the rabbit — after betraying his family — it may be a guilt offering. Dan is expressing regret over his affair, and wishing to re-dedicate himself to his family. For Alex, this is gut-wrenching. Dan regrets ever being with her! When she attacks the bunny, she is symbolically attacking Dan's love for Beth & Ellen.
    • There's also the so-called "rabbit test" , a 1930's pregnancy test that involved rabbits being injected with a woman's urine. If the rabbit died, it indicated that the woman was pregnant. Alex killing the rabbit doesn't just mean that she's trying to destroy Dan's love for his family, she's also simultaneously reminding him—again—that she's carrying his child.
  • Fridge Horror: Alex was pregnant when she was killed.
    • Alex could have hurt or even killed Ellen had she wanted to.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Glenn Close played a pregnant woman on a murderous-rampage in the re-shot ending that we all know and love; she didn't find out she actually was pregnant with a little girl during the filming of said-murderous rampage until after she was rushed to the hospital with a concussion during a botched take. Needless to say, she does not like watching the finale to this day, having (unknowingly) risked her daughter's life filming it.
    • OJ Simpson was also considered. In the original ending, Dan is accused of killing Alex—by slashing her throat. Umm. . .
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the actresses considered for the role of Alex Forrest was Sharon Stone. Alex is believed to be the inspiration for the role of Catherine Trammell in Basic Instinct, which made Sharon Stone famous.
    • Tom Hanks was considered for the role of Dan. In Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks' character mentions that the movie "scared the shit out of me and every man in America!"
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Glenn Close is quite popular in Japan. Also, the Japanese version keeps the original ending. See Focus Group Ending.
  • Memetic Mutation: These days, "bunny boiler" refers to deranged women.
    • As well as: "I'm not going to be ignored!" Especially interesting in that, like so many famous movie lines, the original delivery is actually pretty understated. (Alex actually sounds more amused at Dan than anything else when she says it.)(FYI, it was nominated, but not ranked for AFI's "Quotes" list).
  • Moral Event Horizon: The "bunny boiler" incident.
    • There's also when Alex kidnaps Dan's daughter several days later, terrifying her parents — and the viewer — with the very real fact that she could have harmed her if she wanted to, and indirectly leading to Dan's wife being injured in a car accident. It's not hard to see why this is the last straw for Dan. (And likely when Alex loses any remaining sympathy from the viewer she had.)
  • Retroactive Recognition: A 16-year-old Jane Krakowski is babysitting for the Gallaghers in the beginning of the film.
  • Special Effects Failure: Douglas' Obvious Stunt Double throughout the fight scene in Alex's apartment.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: A lot of viewers think that Ellen is a boy.
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