Parents' Guide to

Fatal Affair

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some violence, sex in uninspired thriller.

Movie NR 2020 89 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Bad acting!!

It was by far one of the worst movies on Netflix. Very poor acting on everyone's part. I like the three lead actors individually but this was just cheesy and bad acting all together.
age 16+

I tried but...

If bullet points were a movie.... OMG.... It's like they took a bunch of key components that make for a really good suspense-drama and completely forget to incorporate any type of character development. The acting was "stage play" worthy at best which is sad coming from 2 actors who has been in the game as long as Omar and Nia. All-in-all... I guess I'll have to give it a 10 out of 10 on the CRINGE-O-METER... yeah... I just couldn't do it.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (5):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While there are the occasional moments of suspense in Fatal Affair, these moments are offset by a trite and uninspired storyline. It basically comes off as one of the seemingly millions of Lifetime Channel movies about stalkers, only with slightly more violence and sex. Some of the moments upon which the plot hinges are a little too convenient, such as the concierge of the apartment building where David lives giving Ellie the key to get into his apartment under a sketchy-at-best pretense. While the slow build of the suspense works at times, the writing never really veers away from the formulaic.

The best moments come from the quality of the acting more than anything else. These moments are between Nia Long and Stephen Bishop as a married couple struggling with mid-life ennui, even as they should be happy with their lives and each other. As the stalker, Omar Epps comes off the right level of restrained creepiness, and in the moments where he almost loses that restraint, like the scene on a golf course with Bishop, are among the best in the movie. Nonetheless, the quality of the acting cannot save the stock story and shopworn writing.

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