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Fatal Instinct


I had never heard of this one. It aspires to be totally off-the-wall wacky, like Airplane! It doesn’t quite reach that level of zaniness, but it’s pretty good. A lot of it comes from Armand Assante playing totally against type. Usually he’s evil, menacing. Here he’s a total fuck-up, and never seems to know it. There’s verbal humor, references to dozens of hard-boiled movies, and even slapstick. If you’re looking for a comedy, you could do worse.