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Chevy Chase remains ideally suited for the role, but Fletch Lives lacks its predecessor's wit, relying instead on silly disguises, cheap stereotypes, and largely unfunny gags. Read critic reviews

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Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is one of the best investigative reporters in the country, and he'll need all his skill when he becomes the main suspect in a murder case. After inheriting a Louisiana plantation from a distant relative, Fletch makes the journey from Los Angeles to check it out. When he winds up in bed with a lawyer -- who in turn winds up dead the next morning -- Fletch has to solve the crime before he ends up behind bars for someone else's misdeed.

Cast & Crew

Chevy Chase
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher
Hal Holbrook
Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
Julianne Phillips
Becky Culpepper
Cleavon Little
Calculus Entropy
R. Lee Ermey
Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
Patricia Kalember
Amanda Ray Ross
George Wyner
Marvin Gillet
Phil Hartman
Bly Manager
Bruce Bodner
Executive Producer
Bob Larson
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Harold Faltermeyer
Original Music
John McPherson
Cinematographer
Patricia Mock
Casting
Cameron Birnie
Art Director
Jimmie Bly
Art Director
Susan Bode
Set Decoration
Gary Fettis
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Anna Hill Johnstone
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Critic Reviews for Fletch Lives

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  • Funny and inventive vehicle for Chevy Chase's hapless and genuinely funny comic creation.

    July 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In this meager sequel, as in its popular predecessor, Chevy Chase demolishes every easy target in sight with a quip of the tongue. Some of the lines are funny, but after a while you just want to smack him.

    July 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Being so sour about Fletch makes one feel like Kvetch, but seriously, is all it takes to be a screen comic the ability to flare the nostrils and to fall down?

    July 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • With arbitrary laugh lines coming along to strip the credibility from every situation and the integrity from every character, there's hardly a moment in the new film that seems as authentically alive as a California Raisins commercial.

    July 1, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way.

    July 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Chevy Chase is perfectly suited to playing a smirking, wisecracking, multiple-identitied reporter in Fletch Lives.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fletch Lives

  • Jan 30, 2013
    Chevy Chase is back for more misadventures in the hilarious comedy Fletch Lives. After inheriting his great aunt's estate in Louisiana, Fletch is framed for murder and has to discover who's behind it. Once again Chase delivers a great performance, though the character is a bit less edgy than in the previous film. Additionally, the sketches aren't as organic; coming off as rather board and cartoonish. Still, the comedy's really good and the mystery is involving. Fletch Lives is a lot fun and is full of laughs, but it doesn't have as good a story as the original.
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  • Aug 07, 2011
    i laughed a few times but it was missing the story of the first film, this was more comedy and setpieces for chase to dress up. would've liked to have another booked adapted but considering they took certain parts and swapped parts from the original book and movie, this is somewhat a failure
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Chase's sequel to Fletch is just as good as the first movie, just as funny too. If you're a fan of his, you really should see this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2010
    Not as good as the original, sadly, it just seems to lack that something special that makes the first Fletch seem so effortless. Perhaps the change of setting was a mistake - making Fletch a fish out of water deprives us of the enjoyment of watching him work every situation to his advantage and approach everything as though he's encountered it a thousand times. A couple laughs but mostly a disappointment.
    Nate H Super Reviewer

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