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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.
"-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.
Fletch is a refreshing departure from most modern crime/mystery flicks, and cop comedies. Chevy Chase plays Fletch, an undercover journalist with a penchant for clever disguises.
With a different leading man this film could very well have been a full blown thriller. Imagine John Frankenheimer directing and Robert De Niro starring or something... But, in dealing with what's at hand, Fletch is a good comedy where Chevy Chase can showcase his range of disguises and delivery of good one-liners.
There's one thing for sure here; you have to be a fan of Chevy Chase for this film to work for you.
What is certain, is that I will always see Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold... I mentioned that I am a fan of Chevy Chase almost as much as Simon Pegg? Someone wud' think of making a film with both of them starring?
Somehow, by some miracle, this is the 80's detective story that has stuck with me the most and held up best to repeat viewings in adulthood. Not Beverly Hills Cop. Not Lethal Weapon. Fletch.
I think it's because this movie never plays itself like it's a comedy. It's a straight forward detective story with a great premise that commits to its detective elements. It's all investigation, tracking down leads, breaking into suspect's offices and homes, and it's all really smart and sensible detective work that feels real and grounded. But at the center of all of that is Chevy Chase, turning every single element of the sets, costumes, and his interactions into comedy.
There are only a few scenes that…
Chevy Chase playing the detective, and only slightly more serious. I wasn't sure if they were trying him out for a serious/action role or if they wanted to see if his comedy would stretch to the action role. Either way, this works just enough. Highly quotable, I watched it again for the first time in years just to get a laugh from all the lines we perpetually steal from this flick...
I've read every Fletch paperback. Wouldve liked to have seen a version with Charles Grodin, or Bob Odenkirk. Dislike most Chevy Chase movies, this is a rare exception.
Not perfect but very good and entertaining. Grade: B
On the upside, Chevy Chase is perfect for the role of the sharp and sarcastic reporter-turned-amateur-detective Fletch from Gregory MacDonald's novel. This is Chase's BEVERLY HILLS COP, complete with a Harold Faltermeyer score and a sun-bleached Southern California setting. On the downside, the film knocks all of the edges off of MacDonald's work for the sake of a routine comedy vehicle for Chase. I hate to be that book-to-film comparison bore, but sometimes you can't help it. The movie botches MacDonald's best laughs. For example, a running gag in the book is that Fletch, who works sneaky, tells constant lies and assumes different identities throughout his investigation (it's a smart method for digging into the affairs of secretive people without…
What kind of a name is Poon?
Perpetually rewatchable 
Probably the 10th watch of fletch great Chevy chase movie but aging badly
But this is one of the few films where Chevy really shines bright as he delivers joke after joke
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…