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Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.
Fletch is an ace reporter. While working on a story on Drug sales, he is approached by Alan Stanwyck who wants Fletch to murder him to save him from a lingering cancer death. Fletch begins to nose around and finds irregularities in Stanwyck's past and Underhill's Visa Number.
It's all well and good having childhood favourites, but they more often than not lose their charm upon rewatching them.
I'm so happy this is still fantastically funny and entertaining.
It is unmistakably eighties, yet its charm, humour and surprisingly engaging plot make sure you won't hold that against it.
And then there's Chase of course. His ability to switch between dry humour with dead pan delivery and the more serious scenes is amazing. He is so smooth and confident in everything he does here, heck, I'd even go so far as to say that he's got swag before it was invented.
Why don't we go lay on the bed and I'll fill you in?
No one will ever accuse Fletch of being a timeless film. The score, hairstyles, dated jokes and pop culture references never let you forget what era this movie was made in, as if the fact that is stars Chevy Chase didn't already do that.
What you get here is basically Chevy Chase doing Chevy Chase, but it's what a lot of comedians did in films from the 70s and 80s. They pretty much just played caricatures of themselves in films and got away with it. With that said I think this is Chase's best film after some of the Vacation movies.
It works because the film…
Michael Ritchie's Fletch is an endlessly re-watchable -- and quotable -- comedy/action flick with a solid plot adapted from the book of the same name. The kind of movie that I can watch any day of the year (and in any mood) and I'll love it no matter what.
"-Do you have The White Beatles Album?
Never mind that, just get me a glass of hot fat. And bring me the head of Alfredo Gracia while you're at it."
I'd forgotten how hilarious Chevy Chase could be back in the 80s. He owned that decade. An he did it all with the utmost lack of effort. Just naturally gifted with the funny bone.
Fletch is a crime comedy as it was intended. Smooth good guys, hot babes in tennis outfits and Joe Don Baker as the bad guy. That's a recipe for success righ there.
Film #24 of The Damned December Project
and also film #2 of the Chevy Chase Month
If Chinatown was made by an American who loved him some National Lampoon and 80s pop music. And instead of casting Jack Nicholson decided to cast Chevy Chase you would get Fletch! It's a very dangerous game to be a nosy, smart ass wannabe detective. Fletch finds this out, although he wins in the end, spoiler alert. This movie has tons of twists and turns, a great soundtrack(great is subject to taste) and is whole lot of fun.
Chevy Chase was made to play 2 roles in life, Clark Griswold(the great American dad) and Fletch(the great American classroom clown). More Bernstein, Fletch is a…
Finally saw Fletch for the first time and it was great fun, surprised how it has stood the test of time.
I had seen this before, but could hardly remember it. Was pleasantly surprised to find it's pretty much the spiritual sequel to Beverly Hills Cop (Tony Scott's BHC2 is a darker, nastier and arguably more misogynistic piece of work than the relatively breezy original. Consider John Aston's quip when he blows Brigitte Nielsen away at the end: "Women!"). The evidence:
- Near identical Harold Faltermeyer score. I mean, ridiculously similar
- Wisecracking ex-Saturday Night Live protagonist with authority issues
- Who has a combative relationship with his superior
- And pursues a case he's not meant to be on
- Because he like, you know, follows his gut
- He spends a lot of time wisecracking and poking his thumb…
Super entertaining with Chase on some of his best form.
Chevy in the '80s is of course pretty godly but this movie is some thin soup and it's got the production values/plot heft of an not-especially-notable episode of "Murder, She Wrote." Nothing against Dame Lansbury but I was expecting a bit more from Messrs. Chase and Ritchie
Some gold in here, but you have to do a bit of digging. Chevy Chase says this is his favourite role because of the character work involved, but he rarely changes his expression throughout. Still, tough to beat his delivery and he's on top form throughout. If the jokes were as good, I'm sure this film would be better regarded.
You do own rubber gloves, don't you?
Not exactly hilarious but reasonably entertaining.
I like Chevy Chase, and I've seen this before many years ago but didn't remember anything. Nothing but Trouble and National Lampoon's Vacations are better Chase-movies if you ask me.
Still generates STRONG laughs after so many years. This is one of Chevy's best efforts.
I really wanted that Jason Lee FLETCH WON to happen, but I guess that's not a thing anymore.
I had not seen Fletch for years before I got it on sale on blu-ray last week. Upon rewatching Fletch it struck me how understated the comedy is compared to movies these days. It was also a surprise how serious the movie was in places. In my memory it was this rollicking comedy with a million laughs a minute, but instead it was a lot better than I remembered. Chevy's comedy holds up really well nearly thirty years after its first release. I'll be revisiting Fletch more often now that I have it on the shelf.
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- Four Lions
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- Stranger Than Fiction
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Please help me…
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Let me know what you think and feel free to recommend any films you think I may like.