Sure there is a more even-handed version of this story, and it's fun to think of modern relationships that would change the dynamics to contemporary setting. But this is still a tastefully acted and directed drama, that stalls only in its tendency for bigger thrills and threats. For all the controversy, I can't imagine many people would think Douglas' character comes off sympathetic here.
Ok, so there are problems with the portrayal of women and the slightly outlandish storyline, while at the same time being unoriginal and quite a pedestrian thriller. Still, the entertainment factor is high because of the 80s cheesiness, Lyne's stylish direction, the steady intensifying pace, and the harrowing acting of Close. The climax makes you jump at first, but immediately after that you just burst out laughing.
Paradoxically Fatal Attraction remains the utterly repulsive, testosterone splattered, American 80's archetype while concurrently shaping forceful satire (of itself?)... The insinuated female ideal is problematic at best. The movie is unbearably bleak and unpleasant. It is an ethical mess, but at the other side of the same coin a complex puzzle (outside of the directors intention).