Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

DVD - 2002
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A New York attorney has a romantic fling while his wife is out of town, and then shrugs it off. But the woman involved with him won't be ignored, even if it means destroying his family to keep him
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2002
[United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2002
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792179023
Branch Call Number: DVD Feature F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 29, 2018

*TRIGGER WARNING*: Animal Violence

May 22, 2015

It is a fascinating, engaging and thought-provoking movie.

Apr 09, 2015

An exciting thriller. Great acting.
Very edgy.

Mar 02, 2014

After seeing Fatal Attraction your affection for cute, little bunny-rabbits is sure to boil over._____ Do you suppose that this somewhat heavy-handed Psycho-Stalker movie was actually meant as some sort of stern warning to all married men to not think with their dinks?_____ And speaking about psycho-stalkers, I'd certainly say that Glenn Close, as Alex Forest (aka. The Madame Butterfly of the wrist-slasher set), made for one of the most irritatingly deranged and unintentionally hilarious loony-tunes to ever appear in a big-budget, Tinseltown production that I've ever seen._____ And when it inevitably came down to the final showdown where darling Dan's battered, bruised and betrayed wife, Beth, got into the act and took perfect aim with the gun and sent that bullet sailing (bull's-eye) dead-center into Alex's heart, well, that was a stroke of pure comic genius. (Surely there was another bullet left in that gun meant for that dick-head, Dan)._____ All-in-all - I guess I got what I expected from Fatal Attraction. There were no surprises here. Thank goodness this mediocre Psycho-Thriller wasn't followed by a frickin' sequel.

Nov 05, 2013

"Fatal Attraction" is the sort of film that leaves you asking yourself, the question "really?" This is regarded as both an iconic and classic film? It’s filled to the brink with plot holes, overacting, a massive amount of predictability and moments that are unintentionally laughable.

The plot of the film focuses on a wealthy lawyer, named Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) with a loving wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Ellen Hamilton Latzen). One night, when his family is out of town, he decides to have some entertainment for the night. This decision means hooking up with a blond woman, named Alex Forest (Glen Close). It’s not long before we learn that Alex isn’t quite normal. After Dan tries to leave, Alex slits her writs, solely in a psychopathic attempt to keep him with her. Soon, once Dan’s family returns, Alex seems to be unable to forget Dan. It’s not long before her obsessive and violent tendencies begin to show, and Dan learns how far he will go to protect his family.

Here’s a major flaw in the flaw: there’s no understandable reason to why Dan has a one night stand with Alex. The film spends time setting him up as a man who is more than satisfied with his family, his job and every other aspect of his life. Director, Adrian Lyne doesn’t have the slightest idea why Dan made this decision either. In an attempt to cover for this (which resulted in making it worse), he adds a line for Alex to say something along the lines of "if you're satisfied with your marriage, why did you sleep with me?". When you think about it, it's incredibly illogical. In fact, having this affair that would potentially destroy his family merges Dan into an incredibly unlikable character. How are we supposed to sympathize him later on in the film?

Michael Douglas is very bland in this film, and there's really not much to talk about him. Glenn Close received high acclaim for her performance, (in fact she received a Best Actress nomination), but I can't say she deserved it. While not being outright awful, Glenn Close plays her character without any sense of realism. She's simply a psychopath. There's no reason to back up his fixation on Dan, and I would blame both the script for that error, and Glenn Close for not doing anything herself. Anne Archer also received a Best Supporting Actress Nomination for her performance as Dan’s wife. She was perfectly fine as the normal housewife type character, but as soon as further acting came in place, she lost also sense of talent. In the end, the acting in “Fatal Attraction” is incredibly mediocre.

As opposed to making intelligent and memorable decisions, “Fatal Attraction” makes the decisions every other mainstream thriller would have made. This results in a great deal of predictability, throughout. I’m proud to say that I found myself calling out each “surprising” moment in the entire film. There’s nothing even remotely shocking or surprising. I should also add that the fact that the characters make the choices of teenager in a camp horror film, doesn’t help at all.

Martin Scorsese’s 1991, “Cape Fear” is essentially the same film, with most of the same massive flaws. However, “Cape Fear” is overly-ridiculous and impossible to be taken seriously, which makes it a more enjoyable experience (mind you, not a better film), whereas “Fatal Attraction” demands to be taken seriously. It would be a far superior film if had identified itself a simply ‘an average thriller’. In trying to be more than that, it became an awful film.

Jan 02, 2013

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.


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laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Well, what am I supposed to do? You won't take my calls; you change your number--I mean, I'm not going to be IGNORED, Dan!!"


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