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Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the buttons of his frustrated editor (Richard Libertini). He's also known for donning numerous disguises and assuming zany false identities to help gain
Jan 1, 1985 Wide
Aug 18, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video
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Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s.
This could be Bob Hope material c1942 and Chase does acquit himself well (though with cool reserve) in the gags-to-plot transitions. What dulls the enterprise is that Ritchie so keeps his distance from every character.
Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material.
A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism.
What truly holds Fletch together isn't the somewhat off-putting Chase--whose screen presence was always defined by a love-it-or-hate it smugness--but his time-tested collaborators: screenwriter Bergman...and director Michael Ritchie...[Blu-ray]
It's not all about wacky disguises and goofy aliases. At its core, the film is a top notch mystery thriller.
Fast-paced and witty, this is Chase's best solo venture to date, and will hold almost anyone's attention for its well-edited 98 minutes.
Twenty-two years later, I get all the jokes, but I remain only pleasantly amused, nothing more, nothing less
A quick, smart, slick piece of comedy filmmaking that features a once-great comedian at the very top of his game.
One of Chase's best
One of the more quotable comedies of the 1980s
Moments of humor that still have legs today. And many moments that don't.
If you like Chevy Chase, you'll like this movie. If not, it's just a time killer.
My favorite comedy of all time
One of Chevy Chase's better comedies, which admittedly ain't saying a whole lot.
Audience Reviews for Fletch
- I.M. Fletcher: Why don't you two go down to the gym and pump each other.
- I.M. Fletcher: Do you have caviar?
- Waiter: Si senor, but it is $80 dollar a portion.
- I.M. Fletcher: I better only take two then.
- Alan Stanwyck: Will you kill me?
- I.M. Fletcher: Sure.
- I.M. Fletcher: [getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.
- Alan Stanwyck: You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
- I.M. Fletcher: I rent them. I have a lease with an option to buy.
- I.M. Fletcher: Print this! [shows the middle finger to his editor boss]
- I.M. Fletcher: What is he, a Mormon?
- I.M. Fletcher: Wash those windows, they have filth muck on them.
- I.M. Fletcher: My name? John, John Cocktoastin.
- I.M. Fletcher: [are you always this forward] Only with wet married women.
- I.M. Fletcher: I just have to wee-wee.
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