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.

Movie Info

Though the original Fletch was drubbed by critics, it proved a major success for star Chevy Chase. It was inevitable, then, that a sequel would make an appearance. Surprisingly, Fletch Lives didn't come out until 1989--a full five years after the original. Once more, Chase stars as Irwin Maurice "Fletch" Fletcher, the gonzo investigative reporter created by novelist Gregory McDonald. Indulging his penchant for disguises and bizarre aliases, Fletch investigates a deep dark mystery at a crumbling … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Bernstein, Leon Capetanos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


as I.M. Fletcher

as Hamilton "Ham" Johns...

as Becky Ann Culpepper

as Calculus

as Jimmy Lee Farnsworth

as Amanda Ray Ross

as Frank Walker

as Gillet

as KKK Leader

as Bly Manager

as Uncle Kakakis

as Tom Barbour

as Joe Jack

as Betty Dilworth

as Mr. Underhill

as Klansman

as Bly Assistant

as Sheriff

as Tour Guide

as Ancient Copy Boy

as Info Technician

as Mrs. Underhill

as Bly Guard

as Damon Feather

as Deputy Sheriff

as Announcer

as Walter Bob Buggem

as Kakakis Brother

as Jim Bob

as Gordon Joe

as Accountant

as Morgue Attendant

as Security Guard
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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
Top Critic

Chevy Chase is perfectly suited to playing a smirking, wisecracking, multiple-identitied reporter in Fletch Lives.

Full Review… | March 26, 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 26, 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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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