Fatal When Focussed Upon
When her husband is killed the finger of suspicion points firmly at Cassidy Miller (Joely Fisher) and everyone from her daughter Lucy (Tabitha Morella) to reporter Nora Grant (Denise Richards) believes Cassidy is guilty. Despite being cleared in court of her husband's murder nothing changes when she gets out as everyone except her brother-in-law Scott (Patrick Muldoon) still suspect her of being a black widow. Now free Cassidy sets about proving to the world she is innocent by solving the case herself and finding her husband's murderer.
Are you busy, have you got some ironing to do, some letters to write, a meal to prepare but want something on in the background which will distract you once in a while from what you are doing. If so then by all means put on "Fatal Acquittal" because it works as background entertainment. But be warned; if you sit down to watch this expecting an attention grabbing thriller you are going to be hugely disappointed.
The first thing which will get to you is the tone of "Fatal Acquittal" especially featuring an early scene of Nora Grant reporting outside the court house as it is cheesily over the top especially when you have a member of the public lunging at the camera like a wild man screaming she should hang. It is a ridiculous scene as are pretty much all the scenes surrounding Nora Grant with Denise Richards attempting to her in the same way Courteney Cox played Gale Weathers in the "Scream" movies.
But Denise Richards who I presume intentionally over acts the part is not the only one and I'm sure that Patrick Muldoon as caring brother-in-law Scott delivers every single line with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. If it was meant to be amusing it doesn't come off that way and only ends up ridiculously corny as does the whole set up of Detective Bell being in Cassidy's face as she harasses her over the smallest of things.
And then finally we get to the actual storyline with Cassidy having to deal with pretty much everyone accusing her of murder and so deciding to prove that she is innocent. The trouble is that "Fatal Acquittal" has such a bad, over the top style that you don't care who the killer is let alone what happens to Cassidy.
What this all boils down to is that I am sure "Fatal Acquittal" is how it is intentionally with the over the top, forced corny tone. But for this movie fan the choice of tone is painful and makes it the sort of movie which only works as background noise rather than something to concentrate on.