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Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a newspaper reporter who changes his identity more often than his underwear. While working on a drug expose, he stumbles onto a scam that gets him up to his byline in murder, police corruption and forbidden romance. For this ace newsman, it'll be the story of the year, if he can only stay alive till the deadline. Featuring all-new bonus features, Fletch: The "Jane Doe" Edition is a must-own comedy-thriller classic. Just don't call him "Irwin"!
Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring is transformed by screenwriter Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, and writer/director of The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas) into a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humor funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play I.M. "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humor centers on the ridiculous idea that any of these phony accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, it's subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span. The DVD version includes production notes and a theatrical trailer, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85 to 1. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I watched this with my master today, and boy did he laugh a lot. I like when he laughs because that means he is happy and then he pets me more. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Scraps
The movie is just plain bad, not horrendously so. Chevy Chase has less talent then Anna Kournikova. What plummets this to One Star is that it somehow has gained cult status. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Staples Lazarus
This is Chevy Chase at his best. The fast one liners are perfect and he manages to have one for every conceivable occasion. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Jamie Jeffords
I have a somewhat modified rating system. There are movies that suck; those are one star. There are mediocre movies; those get two stars. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by dondo
Great comedy movie that has its one liners and hilarious parts where fletch tries to maintain his cool. This movie has great scenes ,characters ,and parts. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Stephen A. Viles
For my money, Fletch is the best film Chevy Chase ever made. I can pop it in my player almost any time and still find the movie just as funny, no matter how many times I've seen... Read morePublished on July 8 2003 by Cubist
don't get me wrongg I like chevy Chase..but this movie didn't have one funny part in it. Compared to all of Chevy Chases movies...this has to be his least funniest comedy. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Jimmy Lee