FATAL INSTINCT, a movie parody directed by Carl Reiner in the vein of Mel Brooks's work and his own DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, spoofs FATAL ATTRACTION and BASIC INSTINCT, with DOUBLE INDEMNITY and other noir films thrown in for good measure (Reiner even does a Hitchcock-style cameo in
profile--while urinating). The cast tries but the laughs simply aren't there, despite the filmmakers' apparent conviction that homages plus penis jokes equals wit.
Detective-lawyer Ned Ravine (Armand Assante) meets beautiful, lustful Lola Cain (Sean Young) at a carnival. Ned is married to the neglected Lana (Kate Nelligan), who's having an affair with mechanic Frank Kelbo (Christ...