If you ever (ever!) if your life even think about entertaining the possibility of maybe considering possibly having an affair maybe… Well, we suggest you slip one of our favorite 80s movies into the DVD player, sit back, and get your head screwed on straight, pal.
Ah, Fatal Attraction-— the terrifying true-life story (ok, not really, but it sure seemed real) of how one man’s indiscretion spirals into a whirlwind of threatening phone calls, boiled bunnies, and perhaps the most intense roller coaster scene ever put on film.
Michael Douglas, still a few months away from introducing us to Gordon Gekko, plays Dan Gallagher, a happily married businessman who makes one really bad (colossal!) mistake. At a reception he runs into Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), and faster than they can blink, they’re having hot sex in a sink. My man, what were you thinking? Seriously, look at her! She just screams ‘nuts’!
Sure enough, the lovely Ms. Forrest doesn’t take too kindly to Dan’s insistence that their dalliance is done. And so begins some of the most psychotic behavior we 80s children have ever seen. Hang-ups, fake pregnancies, acid-fueled parking garage attacks, and even kidnapping (and subsequent amusement park hijinks).
Of course it all culminates with the death scene that wouldn’t, well… die. Big knives, bathtubs, and bullets come together for as intense a twenty minutes as you could hope for.
Fatal Attraction went on to make $150 million in 1987, second only to Three Men and a Baby. Even better, it somehow (I mean, we love it, but… really?) nabbed six Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.
We’ve never looked at cute little bunnies the same way since seeing Alex boil one on the Gallagher family Kenmore, and (heaven knows) thoughts of adultery have never crossed our mind, nor will they… ever. And when a movie can have that kind of effect on you, well heck, it can only have come from the 80s.
We ♥ Fatal Attraction.