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*GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Connieís [[spoiler:and later Paulís]] adultery is consistently shown in a negative light. This coupled with her (arguably) happy marriage allows the movie to avoid an instance of TheUnfairSex.

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* ADeadlyAffair: Edward confronts Paul, who is Connie's lover, and kills him.

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* MortalWoundReveal: Edward hits Paul over the head with a snow globe. There's a pause as Paul just stares at him. . . and then blood begins gushes from his head and he collapses and dies (clearly, the impact was hard enough to fracture his skull).


* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. [[spoiler: Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him... and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him]].

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* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. [[spoiler: Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him... and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul Edward has fatally injured him]].


* AccidentalMurder: Edward bashes Paul's head in a blind rage, but judging from his horrified reaction, he didn't mean to kill him.

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Edward bashes Paul's head in a blind rage, but judging from his horrified reaction, he didn't mean to kill him.him]].



* BolivianArmyEnding: The movie ends with Edward and Connie embracing and weeping in their car, stopped at a stop light that has clearly turned green, in front of a police station. Will Edward turn himself in? Will they go on the run as she half-seriously suggested? Will they try to return to a normal life with his crime and the fear of being caught forever hanging over their heads?

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* BolivianArmyEnding: The movie ends with [[spoiler: Edward and Connie embracing and weeping in their car, stopped at a stop light that has clearly turned green, in front of a police station. Will Edward turn himself in? Will they go on the run as she half-seriously suggested? Will they try to return to a normal life with his crime and the fear of being caught forever hanging over their heads?heads]]?



* HappilyMarried: Downplayed with Connie and Edward. While certainly loving, there's just enough hints that their marriage has fallen into a routine that any decade-long relationship might.

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* HappilyMarried: Downplayed with Connie and Edward. While certainly loving, there's just enough hints that [[DeadSparks their marriage has fallen into a routine that any decade-long relationship might.might]].



* {{Irony}}: Edward hears a message from Connie to Paul, ending their affair--''right after he's killed him.'' Even worse, we never once see an instance where Connie is tempted to call or visit him again, making Edward's actions truly pointless.

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* {{Irony}}: Edward hears a message from Connie to Paul, ending their affair--''right affair--[[spoiler: ''right after he's killed him.'' '']] Even worse, we never once see an instance where Connie is tempted to call or visit him again, making Edward's actions truly pointless.



* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes Paul's head in using it.
* StepfordSmiler: Despite now knowing that her husband knew about her affair and killed her lover, Connie plays dutiful hostess to her dinner guests.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he [[spoiler: takes the globe and bashes Paul's head in using it.
it]].
* StepfordSmiler: Despite now knowing that her husband knew about her affair [[spoiler: and killed her lover, lover]], Connie plays dutiful hostess to her dinner guests.



* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him... and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him.

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* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. [[spoiler: Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him... and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him.him]].



* WhamShot: As one of their dinner guests admires the various knick-knacks Edward and Connie have, she sees the snow globe she gave Paul back in it's rightful place. Cue her stunned look as she realizes that not only did Edward know about the affair, he killed Paul.
* YourCheatingHeart: The entire plot is about Connie's affair with Paul and its effect on her marriage with Edward. When the cops come to question Connie about Paul, they mention "his wife hasn't heard from him", thus revealing that he was cheating too.

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* WhamShot: As one of their dinner guests admires the various knick-knacks Edward and Connie have, she sees the snow globe she gave Paul back in it's rightful place. Cue her stunned look as she realizes that not only did Edward know about the affair, [[spoiler: he killed Paul.
Paul]].
* YourCheatingHeart: The entire plot is about Connie's affair with Paul and its effect on her marriage with Edward. When the cops come to question Connie about Paul, they mention [[spoiler: "his wife hasn't heard from him", thus revealing that he was cheating too.too]].

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* SympatheticAdulterer: Averted, as the cheating is depicted completely negatively.

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* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Connie and Paul go at it in a bathroom, a movie theater, and the hallway outside his apartment.


* HappilyMarried: Downplayed with Connie and Paul. While certainly loving, there's just enough hints that their marriage has fallen into a routine that any decade-long relationship might.

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* HappilyMarried: Downplayed with Connie and Paul.Edward. While certainly loving, there's just enough hints that their marriage has fallen into a routine that any decade-long relationship might.



* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes Paul's head in.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes Paul's head in.in using it.



* StepfordSuburbia: Downplayed. Edward and Connie aren't miserable, but she clearly enjoys the excitement that the affair brings.

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* StepfordSuburbia: Downplayed.{{Downplayed}}. Edward and Connie aren't miserable, but she clearly enjoys the excitement that the affair brings.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: When she meets two friends for coffee and they spot Paul and begin gushing about him, one woman warns that an affair will only end badly. Sure enough, this one does.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When she Connie meets with two friends for coffee and they spot Paul and begin gushing about him, one woman warns that an affair will only end badly. Sure enough, this one does.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Connie flips out upon seeing Paul laughing and walking with another girl, even though she's cheating on her husband. He calls her out on this.
---> '''Paul''': "''Me?'' ''I'm'' the liar?"
** [[spoiler: Of course, with the revelation that Paul himself is married, he's a hypocrite too.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Connie flips out upon seeing Paul laughing and walking with another girl, even though she's cheating on her husband. He calls her out on this.
---> '''Paul''': "''Me?''
this ("''Me?'' ''I'm'' the liar?"
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liar?") [[spoiler: Of course, with the revelation that Paul himself is married, he's a hypocrite too.]]



* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Edward ends up killing Paul.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Edward ends up killing Paul.Paul, his wife's lover.]]



* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes his head in.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes his Paul's head in.



* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him. . . and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him.

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* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him. . .him... and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him.



* YourCheatingHeart: The entire plot is about Connie's affair with Paul and its effect on her marriage with Edward.
** When the cops come to question Connie about Paul, they mention "his wife hasn't heard from him", thus revealing that he was cheating too.

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* YourCheatingHeart: The entire plot is about Connie's affair with Paul and its effect on her marriage with Edward.
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Edward. When the cops come to question Connie about Paul, they mention "his wife hasn't heard from him", thus revealing that he was cheating too.


* {{Irony}}: Edward hears a message from Connie to Paul, ending their affair--''right after he's killed him.''

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** [[spoiler: Of course, with the revelation that Paul himself is married, he's a hypocrite too.]]
* {{Irony}}: Edward hears a message from Connie to Paul, ending their affair--''right after he's killed him.'''' Even worse, we never once see an instance where Connie is tempted to call or visit him again, making Edward's actions truly pointless.



* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage. It's at this moment that he takes the globe and bashes his head in.
* StepfordSmiler: Despite now knowing that her husband knew about her affair and killed her lover, Connie plays dutiful hostess to her dinner guests.


* HeelRealization: Connie starts to get hit with this when she's late to pick up her son due to a tryst with Paul. It hits even harder when she sees him with another girl and suddenly realizes that she's risking her marriage for a guy she likely means nothing to.



* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: A borderline case occurs when Connie and Paul's affair begins; Connie is walking out on Paul to stop her affections from developing further. Paul angrily chases her out of his apartment, slams her against the wall, and starts forcibly kissing and groping her. She struggles at first, then quickly submits to her desires.

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* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: A borderline case occurs when Borderline cases bookend Connie and Paul's affair begins; affair; Connie is walking out on Paul to stop her affections from developing further. She returns to get her coat and Paul sweeps her into his arms and off to bed. The last time is when she's storming out of his place after seeing him with another woman, having finally realized how destructive the affair is. Paul angrily chases her out of his apartment, after her, slams her against the wall, and starts forcibly kissing and groping her. She struggles at first, then quickly submits to her desires.

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* WallBangHer: Paul and Connie go at it in a bathroom stall and their final sex scene has them doing it against the wall outside his apartment.


* AccidentalMurder: Edward bashes Paul's head in a blind rage, but judging from his horrified reaction, he didn't mean to kill him.



* ForWantOfANail: While burning the private detectives pictures of her and Paul, Connie flashes back to when they met, only this time, she gets into a cab instead of going up to his apartment. Clearly, given how disastrously everything has turned out, she wishes that she'd done this.

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* ForWantOfANail: While burning the private detectives detective's pictures of her and Paul, Connie flashes back to when they met, only this time, she gets into a cab instead of going up to his apartment. Clearly, given how disastrously everything has turned out, she wishes that she'd done this.


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* HeroicBSOD: Connie finds the private detective's pictures of her and Paul in Edward's jacket and realizes that he knows about the affair. She promptly goes through preparations for that night's dinner party and the party itself in a daze.


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* WhamShot: As one of their dinner guests admires the various knick-knacks Edward and Connie have, she sees the snow globe she gave Paul back in it's rightful place. Cue her stunned look as she realizes that not only did Edward know about the affair, he killed Paul.

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* BlatantLies: Connie tells plenty of these to make up excuses for her absences. Unlike many GenreBlind cuckolded spouses, Edward sees through them immediately--indeed, when he finally confronts Connie, he tells her that he knew from the first day.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The movie ends with Edward and Connie embracing and weeping in their car, stopped at a stop light that has clearly turned green, in front of a police station. Will Edward turn himself in? Will they go on the run as she half-seriously suggested? Will they try to return to a normal life with his crime and the fear of being caught forever hanging over their heads?


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* ClingyJealousGirl: Connie flips out upon seeing Paul laughing and walking with another woman, actually getting physical with the two of them.
* FallingInLoveMontage: After Paul and Connie consummate their affair, we get a montage of this interspersed with her home life.
* ForWantOfANail: While burning the private detectives pictures of her and Paul, Connie flashes back to when they met, only this time, she gets into a cab instead of going up to his apartment. Clearly, given how disastrously everything has turned out, she wishes that she'd done this.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When she meets two friends for coffee and they spot Paul and begin gushing about him, one woman warns that an affair will only end badly. Sure enough, this one does.
* HappilyMarried: Downplayed with Connie and Paul. While certainly loving, there's just enough hints that their marriage has fallen into a routine that any decade-long relationship might.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Connie flips out upon seeing Paul laughing and walking with another girl, even though she's cheating on her husband. He calls her out on this.
---> '''Paul''': "''Me?'' ''I'm'' the liar?"
* {{Irony}}: Edward hears a message from Connie to Paul, ending their affair--''right after he's killed him.''


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* PrivateDetective: Edward hires one of these when he can't ignore his suspicions about Connie anymore.
* RageBreakingPoint: Edward is remarkably calm, even friendly, when confronting Paul, but seeing one of the snow globes that he gave Connie as a present on Paul's desk is this for him, as it finally hits home how much she has disrespected their marriage.
* StepfordSuburbia: Downplayed. Edward and Connie aren't miserable, but she clearly enjoys the excitement that the affair brings.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/FatalAttraction''. They share a director, even. Given that it's the wife who cheats this time, it could also be considered a GenderFlip.
* TapOnTheHead: Played realistically, for once. Edward bashes Paul over the head with the snowglobe that Connie gave him. There's a lull for several seconds as the stunned Paul simply stares at him. . . and then blood starts pouring down his face and he collapses, revealing that Paul has fatally injured him.


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** When the cops come to question Connie about Paul, they mention "his wife hasn't heard from him", thus revealing that he was cheating too.


* CarpetRolledCorpse: [[spoiler:Edwards ends up doing this to Paul, his wife's lover, after accidentally killing him.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Edwards ends up killing his wife's lover.]]
* NeverendingTerror: [[spoiler:After Connie learns that her husband killed her lover, she feels guilty about her infidelity and helps her husband cover up the crime. The ending scene has the two of them both break down crying as they pass a police station, the implication being that it's because they know they'll be living in fear of being caught for the rest of their lives.]]

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* CarpetRolledCorpse: [[spoiler:Edwards [[spoiler:Edward ends up doing this to Paul, his wife's lover, after accidentally killing him.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Edwards [[spoiler:Edward ends up killing his wife's lover.Paul.]]
* NeverendingTerror: [[spoiler:After Connie learns that her husband killed her lover, she feels guilty about her infidelity and helps her husband Edward cover up the crime. The ending scene has the two of them both break down crying as they pass a police station, the implication being that it's because they know they'll be living in fear of being caught for the rest of their lives.]]



* PlayingGertrude: The film features a then-37-year-old Diane Lane as a housewife having an affair with a younger man (her infuriated husband is shocked to see how young the guy is and later blasts her for throwing their life away "for a fucking kid!") The "younger" man was played by the then-''36'' year old Oliver Martinez.

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* PlayingGertrude: The film features a then-37-year-old Diane Lane as a housewife having an affair with a younger man (her infuriated husband is shocked to see how young the guy is and later blasts her for throwing their life away "for a fucking kid!") The "younger" man was played by the then-''36'' year old Oliver Olivier Martinez.

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