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Parents' Guide to

Fatal Attraction

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Adultery-obsession thriller isn't for kids (or bunnies).

Movie R 1987 119 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

BEST MOVIE of all for all men to watch & learn!!

I've watched this movie TOO MANY times to count! My husband told me that after seeing it that the story really scared the $hit out of him!! I truly believe that men should be able to LEARN so much from this movie about the possible ways SOME women will act out their feelings towards their lover(s) depending on certain situations!! YES what this movie showed us all CAN HAPPEN to men with their careless feelings & actions towards many women in certain situations!! It is VERY TRUE that SOME women COULD do things against her lover as was witnessed in the tragedies in this movie & men HOPEFULLY will actually LEARN so much after seeing this movie about most all women in their lives together. !! Point being men should NOT play with any woman's feelings when possibly love gets involved between the two!!! It could end with fatalities as we see on local news reports daily in too many domestic violence actions!! I REALLY LIKE that this movie ALSO included how many children can also SO EASILY be affected by such adult relationships on them as well & NOT in positive ways!! Adultry truly negatively affects involved children poorly in these real life situations!!

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

Movie was great

It's really based on co-dependency... Having a need to have a man in your life and then you try to harm his family to get what you want? Isn't that attempted murder?? Plus what's the name of the card game that Ellen played with Michael Douglas? Plus the actresses and actors all look great now! God bless. I remember Michael with his dad in the streets of san francisco shows in the 1960's my dad liked that show. Thing is, this movie is horribly scarey for kids seeing a rabbit getting boiled in a pot?! To me that's more than attempted murder right? Breaking and entering, stalking. If you meet someone wanting in a relationship, play it by ear ok? Your higher power has someone in stored for you.... A great 12 step meeting you go to to learn to love yourself better and others is: coda.org (co-dependents anonymous and ragaholics anonymous ---ra.org?) These meeting will help you to think clearer in everyway ok?? Make the meeting by: phone, online and or in person ok?? You want to be better... Then go... I am Linda, clean from cocaine for over 25 years (na.org, aa.org, ca.org, coda.org, oo.org and a few more)! The program.... works! Thanks Bill n Bob!! Linda

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

FATAL ATTRACTION is a grown-up, well-modulated, but deservedly R-rated narrative that builds with relentless force and presents a truly compelling villain in Alex. As nasty as she is, she also clearly articulates the moral code espoused in the movie: Daniel betrayed his marriage vows, and there should be consequences. Daniel is indeed quite a rat, but commentators made less of that than the career-woman-bashing stereotype embodied in Alex, a strong female who has it all together but is actually a ticking time bomb of hormones, hate, and homicide (no trick is missed; Alex has other suitors but ignores them to pursue Daniel). The ending was notoriously switched before release, from an understated twist to violence that pushes this into slasher-horror territory. This movie is definitely not for kids; however, as an anti-infidelity scare flick for adults it still gets the (scarlet) "A."

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