Fletch Lives

1989

Fletch Lives

Critics Consensus

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.

37%

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Total Count: 30

54%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 17,391
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Movie Info

In the sequel to the 1985 comedy Fletch, investigative report I. M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase) inherits a Louisiana estate when his aunt dies. Leaving his report career behind, Fletch travels down South to check out his new-found property. However, when the lawyer handling the estate is found murdered, Fletch becomes the prime suspect, and must resort to a bunch of amusing antics to clear his name.

Cast

Chevy Chase
as Irwin M. Fletcher
Hal Holbrook
as Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
Julianne Phillips
as Becky Culpepper
Cleavon Little
as Calculus Entropy
R. Lee Ermey
as Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
Patricia Kalember
as Amanda Ray Ross
Richard Libertini
as Frank Walker
George Wyner
as Marvin Gillet
Geoffrey Lewis
as KKK Leader
Phil Hartman
as Bly Manager
Titos Vandis
as Uncle Kakakis
Don Hood
as Tom Barbour
Noelle Beck
as Betty Dilworth
William Traylor
as Mr. Underhill
Roy Babich
as Klansman #1
Mary Battilana
as Bly Assistant
Don Brockett
as Sheriff
Robert M. Dawson
as Tour Guide
Darren Dublin
as Ancient Copy Boy
R. Bruce Elliott
as Info Technician
Grace Gaynor
as Mrs. Underhill
Richmond Harrison
as T'boo Ted Marshall
Catherine Hearne
as Lyda Perl Shindley
Clarence M. Landry
as Damon Feather
Jordan Lund
as Deputy Sheriff
Thom McCleister
as Klansman #2
Patricia G. McConnell
as Deputy's Wife
Dick McGarvin
as Announcer
Louis M. Rapaport
as Walter Bob Buggem
Robert Silver
as Kakakis Brother
R. David Smith
as Gordon Joe James
John Wylie
as Accountant
Michael P. Moran
as Morgue Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Fletch Lives

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (19)

  • 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.

    Jul 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?

    Jul 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.

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

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

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The humour throughout is alternately mindless, sexist, racist, and homophobic, and would probably offend if you managed to stay awake.

    Jan 26, 2006

    Mark Kermode

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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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