Critic Consensus: Quotably funny -- and fast-paced enough to smooth over the jokes that don't land -- Fletch is one of the best big-screen vehicles for Chevy Chase's brand of smug silliness.
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 information. While pursuing an ongoing story about a powerful drug dealer who operates from Venice Beach, he comes across an intriguing offshoot in which he becomes intimately involved. Aviation executive Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) has an unusual proposition for Fletch: If Fletch agrees to an elaborate plan to kill him, for reasons Stanwyk refuses to divulge beyond explaining that he has bone cancer, Fletch will walk away with a healthy sum of money and a plane ticket to Brazil. Curious yet suspicious by profession, Fletch begins investigating Stanwyk's true motives, which leads him through numerous misadventures. Among them are a visit to a stuffy country club; a high-speed car chase with an unwitting passenger; repeat encounters with Stanwyk's wife (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), although she may not be his only one; and a trip to Provo -- that's Utah, not Spain. Inspired by a novel of the same name by Gregory McDonald, Fletch went from thriller to comedy as it was adapted into a vehicle for Chase. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Fletch
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]
Audience Reviews for Fletch
Back in '85 when Chevy Chase was somewhat popular with folks. Looking back he's a bigger clown. Serviceable investigation movie. His disguises are awesome but people should've seen it was him. The basketball player scene was a ripoff because it was only a daydream on TV. The weaker follower of the Beverly Hills Cop success.
Funny and good entertainment.
This is a hilarious comedy starring Chevy Chase, I really like it and if you're a fan of his, you should see this one.
|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:||[getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.|
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