Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Fatal Instinct (1993)
If I think back to 1993, of all the movies that stick in my mind, Fatal Instinct isn’t one of them. In fact, I have very little knowledge of the movie other than the fact it stars Sean Young and is a spoof on crime thrillers, with a specific reference to Basic Instinct (1992) and Fatal Attraction (1987).
I have no idea if this movie is good, bad or somewhere in between. Let’s find out.
*Clicks the play button*
3mins 30secs – OK, so I’ve made it just past the three minute mark and I’ve laughed three times. This is a good sign.
4mins – Make that four laughs.
5mins – A car chase with dodgems! You can’t beat a bumper car chase.
10mins 30secs – *Ding dong, ding dong* – “It’s just the postman, he always rings twice.”
12mins – A Sleeping with the Enemy reference.
17mins – Sean Young has just recreated the infamous no-knickers scene from Basic Instinct, only this time she’s trying to put some underwear on.
34mins – To recap, as I’ve made no comment about the plot, Armand Assante plays a cop (who is also a lawyer) and Sean Young is a femme fatale. The two have been engaging in a will-they-wont-they scenario for about 30 minutes and now they’re kind of doing it… in a comedic fashion.
36mins – The Fatal Attraction aspect of the movie is starting to kick in now.
37mins – A Rosie O’Donnell cameo.
38mins 30secs – Jane Lynch is playing a reporter! The more I watch and re-watch ’90s movies, the more I notice Jane Lynch popping up in films that I didn’t know she was in. Maybe my next ongoing movie challenge could be to specifically watch every ’90s movie to feature Jane Lynch.
44mins – A quick cameo from director Carl Reiner.
45mins – We’re back into Sleeping with the Enemy territory again. I didn’t realise it was such a well known movie to receive multiple references.
48mins – Sean Young plays the part of an unhinged nut job very, very well.
52mins – Armand Assante’s wife is now trying to bump him off.
1hr 7mins – “I have never seen this woman in my life. I never followed her home. I never had sex with her in her refrigerator. This is a sick fantasy, and I deny everything. And WHEN will women like YOU learn you CAN’T tear apart a perfectly good marriage with your vicious lies?”
1hr 11mins – Sean Young continues to be unhinged.
1hr 12mins 30secs – “He left me. He left me because she looked more like me than I did.”
1hr 17mins – I’ll be honest, I’ve kind of lost track of what’s going on, but the one-liners are still keeping things going.
1hr 20mins – Armand Assante’s wife is dead and now Sean Young is dead too.
1hr 21mins – Or are they?
1hr 21mins 30secs – Nope, all of the unhinged people in this movie are still alive.
1hr 22mins – Oh… hang on, dead again.
1hr 25mins – And the movie is closing with another nod to Sleeping with the Enemy. I kind of feel like I need to watch Sleeping with the Enemy again now, just to get it out of my system.
That was surprisingly OK… so long as it remains a one-time watch. As with all spoofs, some jokes worked and some jokes did not.
The movie lacked the re-watch-ability of say, The Naked Gun (1988), but it had enough gags (and a short running time) to ensure it didn’t wear out its welcome. There were some decent one-liners too.
Not great, but not bad.
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).