Glenn Close plays Alex Forrest, a mentally unstable career woman who has a one night stand with Dan Gallagher, a successful husband and father. After two nights of extremely bizarre love making (kitchen sink, anyone?), Dan decides that it is time to call it off for good. Big mistake. Alex Forrester teaches him a lesson he'll never forget...this film is responsible for the term "bunny boiler", by the way. Soon, Dan's wife gets in on the fun, and it all leads up to that disturbing, overwrought - and terribly cliched - climax.
One thing is for sure: you never know who to root for in this film. I go back and forth between Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. I can't decide. I mean, he's the jerk that cheated on his hot wife, knowing that he has a wife and a little girl at home. In a way, I think he deserves it. There are times when I smile with glee as he is forced to suffer the consequences to his actions. But then I think, "Geez, Glenn Close. You're one scary bitch! Go on with your eighties power hair! Wait a minute...put down the knife!!!! What did the rabbit do to you?!" It's easy to switch allegiances with the characters in this film. That's part of the fun of Fatal Attraction, if you can get past the hilarious love-making scenes. Back then, I guess that these scenes were considered edgy, but now, they just look ridiculous.
If you can get past those awkward moments, then you'll have the time of your life. These days, this film comes off as extremely campy, but it does still manage to give you the creeps. If I learned one thing by watching this film, it's that I will never, ever cheat on my wife. And that's a good thing. According to Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, fans have approached them before, thanking them for their performances, adding that Fatal Attraction saved their marriage.
All in all, it's an eighties classic with important moral lessons thrown in with lots of psychotic activity, kidnapping, and bunny boiling. You don't want to miss this one.