Fatal Instinct

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Armand Assante, Sean Young, Kate Nelligan, Tony Randall, James Remar, John Witherspoon; Director: Carl Reiner

Too dopey to cut it as a theatrical release, but more knowingly and competently made than most of its straight-to-video analogues, this Carl Reiner-directed pastiche-parody of film noir occupies a lonely corner of video purgatory. As detective/lawyer Ned Ravine, leading man Assante is pleasingly deadpan, and the rest of the cast is similarly game. Imagine how tedious Airplane! would have been had its makers evinced any concern for its characters and you’ll have a good idea of what sinks Fatal Instinct. C-

Originally posted March 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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