Fatal Affair Parent Guide
The stalker genre has been done before and done better.
Parent Movie Review
Ellie (Nia Long) and her husband, Marcus (Stephen Bishop) are moving out of the city to a beach house to begin a new chapter of their lives. Their daughter has just left for college, Ellie is quitting her job to open her own law practice, and Marcus is getting back to work after recovering from a major injury. This picture of middle-class comfort is jeopardized when Ellie runs into an old college friend, David (Omar Epps). Initially excited to reconnect, Ellie realizes that David wants much more than friendship and will stop at nothing to get it.
The stalker thriller has been done before. We’ve all seen it. Fatal Affair fails to justify its existence by adding anything new to the genre and lacks the quality to make being derivative forgivable. The plot is predictable, and the writing is lackluster. I do think the production is able to build some tension in parts, but not enough to put me on the edge of my seat. The biggest issue I have is that most of the problems in the story could have been solved easily with communication. If your plot could be undone by one conversation, your writing is lazy. And don’t get me started on plot holes: if your protagonist is a lawyer, she’s not going to forget that the criminal justice system exists. A real lawyer would have gotten a restraining order and filed charges about half an hour into this movie.
One positive, however, are some of the performances. Charismatic and believable, Nia Long shines as the lead. All of the emotional weight of the film rests on her shoulders, and she carries it beautifully. Omar Epps walks the line of charming and creepy well enough for the plot to work, and he gets to be legitimately scary at times. I honestly think he could have become more unhinged as the story plays out, but there is something terrifying about someone doing horrible things with a straight face.
I won’t say that Fatal Affair is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I might even say it’s passable. But the combination of poor quality and negative content concerns means it isn’t worth the effort, in my book. If you really want to watch something with a more believable perspective on adultery, just watch Hamilton on Disney+ instead. You know you want to.Directed by Peter Sullivan. Starring Nia Long, Omar Epps, Stephen Bishop. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release July 16, 2020. Updated October 27, 2020
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Fatal Affair rated TV-14? Fatal Affair is rated TV-14 by the MPAA
Violence: A dead body in a bloody bathtub is shown. A woman is hit in the head and blood is shown on her forehead while she is unconscious. Multiple dead bodies are shown, with small amounts of blood. A woman stabs a man with a knife. Two men fistfight. A man falls of a cliff and his body is shown at the bottom.
Sexual Content: Five different sex scenes in the film. No nudity is shown, but movements and sounds make it obvious what is happening. A naked woman is shown from behind, but it is so dark nothing can be seen. Adults kiss and undress each other. Pictures of people having sex are seen, no nudity. One of the main plot points of the film is adultery.
Profanity: A handful of mild expletives are used as well as 3 uses of terms of deity. Some sexual language.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Wine is drunk with dinner in multiple scenes. Adults take shots at a nightclub.
Page last updated October 27, 2020
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