Cinema: The War Between the Mates

Three new films chronicle the battle of the sexes

Oh, men. Oh, women. Oh, puh-leeze. They must be able to do something besides meet cute, mate rompishly and end up happily ever-aftering. Come on, guys! Back to the typewriter. Back to the library. Back to the yellowing newspaper files, if you're really desperate. We're missing something.

Lots, as it turns out. Take, for example, Fatal Attraction. It is your standard slasher scenario. Pheromones sing sly duets in a seemingly innocuous setting. The sex object is cute and easily seducible, but interested only in an encounter that is brief and zipless. Whereupon the rejected partner falls to obsessive brooding and proceeds...