Fletch Lives (1989)



Critic 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.

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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.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Dennis Burkley
as Joe Jack
Noelle Beck
as Betty Dilworth
William Traylor
as Mr. Underhill
Barney D. Arceneaux
as Party Guest
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
Patrick Farrelly
as O'Reilly
Grace Gaynor
as Mrs. Underhill
Richmond Harrison
as T'boo Ted Marshall
Catherine Hearne
as Lyda Perl Shindley
Matthew Kimbrough
as Bly Guard
Clarence M. Landry
as Damon Feather
Jordan Lund
as Deputy Sheriff
Thom McCleister
as Klansman #2
Tom McCleister
as Klansman
Patricia G. McConnell
as Deputy's Wife
Dick McGarvin
as Announcer
Louis M. Rapaport
as Walter Bob Buggem
Constance Shulman
as Cindy Mae
Robert Silver
as Kakakis Brother
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Jim Bob
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)

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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
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Chevy Chase is perfectly suited to playing a smirking, wisecracking, multiple-identitied reporter in Fletch Lives.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fletch Lives

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Fletch Lives is the sequel to the 1985 comedy/noirish film starring Chevy Chase as investigative reporter Jane Doe. In Lives Fletch inherits a plantation in Louisiana and quits the reporter game but winds up in the middle of another conspiracy this time involving land speculation, toxic waste, and a Christian amusement park. Is Fletch Lives better than the original? No, of course not, but it is better than most of the stuff Chevy Chase has been in after it (Christmas Vacation excluded). Chevy is still the wise ass reporter who has a thousand different names and a thousand different comebacks that remain totally oblivious to whomever he's using them on. There the throwaway girl (apparently Fletch uses the same cologne as Roger Moore: women just fall onto him). Hal Holbrook plays Matlock. That's right, just call him Matlock. The real standout is R. Lee Ermey who goes from the legendary performance in Full Metal Jacket to playing a televangelist. And he pulls it off. The story is Bblah. it's not weak and it's not strong it's just there. Overall Fletch Lives isn't the greatest thing out there, but it isn't the worst. Chevy last shining moment? One of them anyway.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

This is not as good as the first one but it's still fun and Chase is great as this character.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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