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Fletch (1985)

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60

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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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

PG,

Comedy

Aug 18, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (7) | DVD (11)

A breezy, peppy frolic and a tour de force for Chase.

December 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s.

December 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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]

June 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's not all about wacky disguises and goofy aliases. At its core, the film is a top notch mystery thriller.

August 14, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

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.

December 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Twenty-two years later, I get all the jokes, but I remain only pleasantly amused, nothing more, nothing less

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A quick, smart, slick piece of comedy filmmaking that features a once-great comedian at the very top of his game.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

One of Chase's best

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

far too silly

September 19, 2004 | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

A snappy, inventive comedy with Chevy Chase.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One of the more quotable comedies of the 1980s

June 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Moments of humor that still have legs today. And many moments that don't.

March 28, 2003
Oz
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If you like Chevy Chase, you'll like this movie. If not, it's just a time killer.

March 6, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

My favorite comedy of all time

February 6, 2003
Aisle Seat

One of Chevy Chase's better comedies, which admittedly ain't saying a whole lot.

February 2, 2003
New Times

A sparkling light comic mystery of the kind that Hollywood doesn't make anymore -- pity.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
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Audience Reviews for Fletch

Fletch flicks between funny, serious, not funny, odd in quite a clumsily fashion. Only in the 80s. The editing is also all over the place, much like the story. Fletch's character traits aren't as funny as they may appear on paper either, no matter how hard Chevy Chase tries. Harsh words I know, I love Chevy Chase as much as everyone else, nostalgia helps massively and quite frankly in the 80s you could get away with this kind of thing and it's still OK!
January 16, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Chevy Chase can do better, but at least FLETCH is not as predictable as I expected it to be. It's a smart, funny action-comedy that isn't quite a classic, but it sure is a good, enjoyable laugh-fest. There's clearly much to love here, especially the scene with the "defenseless babies" quote--did I just ruin it?
August 9, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

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.
June 20, 2011
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

Funny and good entertainment.
May 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

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    1. I.M. Fletcher: Why don't you two go down to the gym and pump each other.
    – Submitted by russell b (4 months ago)
    1. I.M. Fletcher: Do you have caviar?
    2. Waiter: Si senor, but it is $80 dollar a portion.
    3. I.M. Fletcher: I better only take two then.
    – Submitted by russell b (4 months ago)
    1. Alan Stanwyck: Will you kill me?
    2. I.M. Fletcher: Sure.
    – Submitted by russell b (4 months ago)
    1. I.M. Fletcher: [getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Alan Stanwyck: You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
    2. I.M. Fletcher: I rent them. I have a lease with an option to buy.
    – Submitted by Bob A (21 months ago)
    1. I.M. Fletcher: Print this! [shows the middle finger to his editor boss]
    2. I.M. Fletcher: What is he, a Mormon?
    3. I.M. Fletcher: Wash those windows, they have filth muck on them.
    4. I.M. Fletcher: My name? John, John Cocktoastin.
    5. I.M. Fletcher: [are you always this forward] Only with wet married women.
    6. I.M. Fletcher: I just have to wee-wee.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
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