Rewatched Jul 14, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
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 is clearly built around Chevy Chase and what he could do on film. Clearly it left him lots of room for add-libs while keeping the dialogue fast and witty. The dialogue is also the films biggest star after Chevy. Almost every line in the film is quotable and witty.
The story itself is almost film-noir in spirit with it's main character knowing he's being used, but not knowing the why. Fletch even gives a voice over during the entire film. The tone of the film though is pure dry comedy. It's basically a showcase for Chevy Chase and shows you why he was once popular.