The little bits of film score that end each I Was There Too episode's theme song. Listed in order of…
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…
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.
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.
Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
27. A film no one would ever expect you to love
This was by far the hardest task to come up with something good to. I have just a couple of sub-genres I stay away from entirely, and people who know me also know that I could love right about any kind of movie. With other words I'm pretty sure all people would suspect that I love this movie, but it is the farthest away from all of my other favourites, and it's not super obvious that I'm an almost life-long Fletch fan. I also thought that it was about time to give this one another rewatch, and it's also the only…
One of Chevy's greatest roles
As with some of these 80s action-comedies, it is both less funny than I remembered and has sillier action. Which that latter isn't a bad thing, but the former is built on a foundation of everybody other than Chase's character (with the possible exception of Joe Don Baker's police chief, mostly benefiting from very little screen time as a character) being a moron. Which is a bit problematic, I think.
And one can certainly see the aspect of Chase's acting, specifically his lack of interest in any scene in which he can't improvise, that had already begun torpedoing his career.
Two notes: If you had told me that of every actor in the movie, Gina Davis had the brightest career…
Fletch is weighed down by a quintessential '80's synth score and a complete lack of any characters. Chevy Chase seemingly wanders around set, while the plot meanders on its own time. While unfunny, it is not offensively without humor.
This is probably the Chevy Chase-iest film Chevy Chase ever Chevy Chased. Still funny, but not the gut-buster it was when I was ten.
This movie should be used in a court case against Chevy Chase and the producers of this movie for murdering the art of synth. Chevy Chase is on the cover of the movie and that makes sense because he is the only character that has any good lines, but in all honesty a synthesizer should be right behind him. There is never a 20 minutes segment in this movie that goes without an irritating synth blaring over the movie to keep there from being dead air. It might be the most annoying soundtrack ever committed to a movie.
Perhaps I have no love for Chevy Chase heading a whole movie, or my lack of nostalgia for 1980's things isn't there... for one reason or another this apparently classic comedy didn't click with me at all.
I can see Fletch written in magic marker on a blank videotape now. I don't recall who recorded this but I'm pretty sure I was too young to have done it but I was certainly old enough to know how to play it and back when you only had access to 15 movies or so, you watched the hell out of Fletch. By the time of high school or so, Fletch wasn't around so much. I heard others say how much they liked it but haven't seen it in many years. With it expiring from Netflix, I decided it was time for a revisit.
On reconsideration, Fletch is really not that great. Most of the comedy comes from Fletch's funny…
I never get tired of Fletch. Chevy Chase's best performance. No other movie featured him so well. It's like he's in it, but above it all at the same time. Dana Wheeler-Nicholson is utterly charming. Absurd set-pieces combined with a good plot, and it finishes strong. Plus an amazing 80's score by Beverly Hills Cop composer Harold Faltermeyer.
One thing about FLETCH:
It says something about the '80s popularity of Chevy Chase that this produced a sequel -- the much superior FLETCH LIVES (although most fans of FLETCH object to that description).
The mishmash quality of a FLETCH movie is part of the charm -- the way he's kind of focused on cracking a case but also not -- but this FLETCH is particularly messy and has to be tied up with characters walking on screen like a MURDER, SHE WROTE parody.
A few more things about FLETCH ...
* Like so many action movies of the pre-CGI '80s, FLETCH makes sure to include a car chase with plenty of crashes.
* Chevy Chase's brawl with Joe Don…
Watched this a few dozen times in college and the next few years after, but haven't seen it since. I'd read several of the books before that. Not quite as funny as I remembered, but still an enjoyable watch. Chase does a great job with asides and one liners.
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…
Every Film Receiving Votes in Sight & Sound's 2012 Critic and Director Polls for the Greatest Films of All Time
Every ten years, Sight & Sound conducts a poll for the greatest films of all time. For the 2012 edition, 846…