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.
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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..."|
|I.M. Fletcher:||[getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.|
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