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Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.
An ace reporter must assume many identities to pursue a story.
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 a comedy that succeeds thanks to the charm of its star and the effortless entertainment of its script. A mystery-comedy led by a magnetic Chevy Chase, the film asks very little of audience, rarely forcing laughs but consistently inducing smiles. It is the sort of low-key, medium-silly, and highly engaging comedy that works well and fully appeals.
"Fletch" revolves around Chevy Chase's Irwin Fletcher, a reporter who gets caught up in some murder-for-hire skullduggery that involves socialites and Provo, Utah. The film follows Fletcher as he puts together the pieces of the light-weight mystery and quickly finds himself in over his sardonic head.
The story is fun and none-too-serious; most importantly, however, it provides an ideal…
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.
The best Chevy Chase movie to watch on Christmas Eve with your family when they don't want to watch Christmas Vacation because they watched it yesterday without you. Assholes.
This is why I play it safe and never remove the mattress tags
I’ve had a lot of bad experiences trying to explore the widely beloved comedies of the late seventies and eighties, you know, movies like Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Caddyshack. Frankly, all of these movies have bored me to tears, they’re not funny, they’re shoddily made, and I don’t have the slightest clue how they came to be classics. I was worried that I’d have a similar experience with Fletch, and that’s kind of what I had, but it could have been worse. The movie’s saving grace is that it has a genuine detective plot that could marginally work even if it wasn’t trying to be funny. The entire joke of the movie is that Chevy Chase is going…
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Chevy Chase in his prime.
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher (Chase) is the best journalist reporter around. He's got all the best disguises, all his passports up to date, and is just as good as any police detective in his comedic investigations. And little does Fletch know he would also make a great comedian - he's that funny. Yes the movie Fletch is a great mystery-crime comedy that is worth viewing. The movie has a feeling of being a comedic police film so if you like that type then give Fletch a viewing.
If you liked movies like: "The Naked Gun", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", "Spies Like Us", "Turner and Hooch" or Chevy Chase's famous film "Vacation" then you will most likely enjoy the movie "Fletch".
Fletch is like a Noir dragged across a comedy scene, with jokes and skits thrown at it–left and right–as it’s passing by. That’s not a bad thing, though. As far as these things go, it’s hard to do it much better than this adaptation of Gregory McDonald‘s novel.
And it’s not like I’m such a huge Chevy Chase fan or anything. Haven’t really seen all that much of him from his golden years, but in this–at least–he was very good. The different shades of Fletch were well worked out, and his timing was great. Also nice having early roles from Dana Wheeler-Nicholson and Geena Davis, as well as having the likes of M. Emmet Walsh and Joe Don Baker around.…
What kind of name is Poon?
A funny story built around Chase being in unforgettable situations, lying his way to the bottom of a mystery. What can I say? I watched this since I was a kid, and I still like to pop it on sometimes.
Always to be tucked tidily within the camp of comedy capers starring SNL alum as wisecracking sleuths, in this case Chevy as an investigative reporter whose charm for us lies in his perfectly nonchalant self-introductions using overtly fake aliases. I've always had a predilection toward Axel Foley myself, being a similarly Faltermeyer-scored character who would pull beautiful short cons out of his ass. But Chevy carries this detective yarn, with a peculiar early Geena Davis appearance as his tomboy desk-bound sidekick.
In the 1979 film Alien, Harry Dean Stanton's character Brett wears a distinctive Nostromo baseball cap. For whatever reason, this…