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Chevy Chase , Joe Don Baker , Michael Ritchie    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best in this suspense-packed comedy thriller based on Gregory McDonald's best-seller. Irwin Fletcher, a.k.a. Fletch (Chase), is an investigative reporter who's constantly changing his identity. While working on a drug expose, Fletch attracts the attention of a strange businessman (Tim Matheson) who wants him to be killed so his wife will inherit more insurance. The wily Fletch senses a scam, and soon he's up to his byline in frame-ups, murder, police corruption and forbidden romance. It'll be the story of the year, if he can stay alive to meet his deadline!


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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The F in Fletch is also for Funny March 13 2004
Chevy Chase stars as I.M Fletcher in the 1985 screen adaptation of Gregory McDonald's mystery series Fletch. Fletch is an undercover journalist investigating drug trafficking and the L.A.P.D, when he's approached by a stranger who asks to be killed for money. As the movie progresses, Fletch discovers that there's a connection between the man and the drugs, and the entire ordeal is very funny.
The film relies entirely on the comedic styles of Chevy Chase, as it's he that brings the sarcastic and witty Fletch to life. Through out the film, Fletch incorporates a variety of poor disguises and often introduces himself as different people, such as when he's a drug addict named Ted Nugent. Another highlight is when Fletch fanaticizes about himself playing professional basketball while wearing a giant Afro-wig.
The synthesizer sound track is not as memorable as Beverly Hills Cop's, "Axel F", but it complements the film nicely. Cinematography and directing are usually not aspects focused on in comedies, but in Fletch the two are as high quality as the writing. Fletch is rated PG and relies on clever humor and sight gags rather than raunchy jokes, which makes the comedy smart and inoffensive, unlike recent comedies such as National Lampoons' Van Wilder.
The most important aspect of comedy is the jokes, and the ones in Fletch are great, but its Chase's delivery that makes them fantastic. Whether its Fletch's one-liners, such as distracting a Doberman Pincher with, "Look, defenseless babies!" or instances such as when he claims to be real estate developer Harry S. Truman, the whole movie is outstanding. From start to finish, Chase delivers a performance that's sure to bring a smile to one's face and fill the room with laughter.
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Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase), or Fletch, as he is known to his friends, is an investigative reporter who wirtes under the name of Jane Doe ("Hey, it's better than Irwin"). While working a drug story at the beach, he is propositioned by Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), a wealthy buisnessman, to kill him for fifty grand, claiming he is dying of cancer. Sensing a scam, Fletch goes undercover to find clues, and gets help from fellow journalist Larry (Geena Davis), in order to crack the case. He winds up in trouble with the police, finding the drug source, fiding out Stanwyk's motives, and in another man's suit.
The 80's Chase classic, with Chase in top form as Fletch. Matheson is great as Stanwyk, and everyone else does a great job. Direction by the late Michael Ritchie and writing by Andrew Bergman are excellent. The disc comes in widescreen, with very little grain. The sound is in Dolby Surround 2.0, and sounds great for a movie this old. The extras are lacking, with production notes, cast and crew bios, and a trailer. Not much, where's the SPECIAL EDITION?
(1985, PG)
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher: Chevy Chase
Chief Karlin: Joe Don Baker
Gail Stanwyk: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Frank Walker: Richard Libertini
Alan Stanwyk: Tim Matheson
Dr. Dolan: M. Emmet Walsh
Director: Michael Ritchie
Writers: Gregory McDonald (novel), Andrew Bergman
VIDEO: 4.5
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Film Chevy Chase Will Be Remembered For Sept. 5 2003
You really take your life in your hands every time you sit down with a Chevy Chase film. Let's face reality here: Chevy Chase is responsible for several of the worst movies ever made. Does it take more than a few minutes to see the mind numbing folly of "Nothing But Trouble," "The Three Amigos," and "Spies Like Us"? Chase has sure had his truly embarrassing moments on the big screen. What redeems the guy is this 1985 classic, the truly great "Fletch." With the possible exception of the "Vacation" films and "Fletch," Chase rarely found a vehicle that played up to his deadpan, smart alecky comedic delivery. In the role of newspaper reporter Irwin Fletcher, Chase makes the character all his own as he knocks it out of the ballpark in this ultra funny, well-crafted film based on a plot involving drug trafficking, bigamy, and murder. If I had to draw up a list of the top five films I have watched the most, "Fletch" would appear somewhere on that list. I've probably watched this movie forty or fifty times since it originally came out, and I never tire of his corny impressions and awesome lines. "Fletch" is an unmitigated classic.
Fletch writes articles for a big Los Angeles newspaper under the pseudonym Jane Doe, and he's always on the lookout for a good story. After going undercover on a local beach where he poses as a drug addict and mixes with other users and dealers, Fletch finds himself in the middle of a murder for hire deal when a rich executive named Alan Stanwyck (Tim Matheson) wants Fletch to do him in for a stack of money. Further problems with more questions than answers follow: who is Alan Stanwyck, and why are the police acting suspicious on the beach where all that heroin is floating around?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning Aug. 27 2003
By dondo
I have a somewhat modified rating system. There are movies that suck; those are one star. There are mediocre movies; those get two stars. There are good movies; those get three stars. There are movies which you watch and suspect you'll watch again; those get four. And then, of course, there's the movies you watch for the first time -- and then, on the way home, still laughing, go to the store, buy, wake up your wife, and force her to watch, but of course she doesn't really get it, and is mostly irritated at you, but you don't regret it because man, it's really just that funny, and you skip work the next day and watch it a couple more times, and by the end of the week you and all of your buddies telling a waiter "I'll have a steak sandwich and... a steak sandwich" and giggling. Monty Python's "Holy Grail" is the, well, the grail shaped beacon of these movies; "A Fish Called Wanda", perhaps "There's Something About Mary." These are comedies with staying power; humor which uses more than shock and vulgarity, motivated by the lunacy of the human condition.
If you haven't seen "Fletch", well, frankly, I'm jealous. I'll never get to see it for the first time again, and there just aren't that many treasures like this out there.
And if you have seen it, you know you want to see it again, and you'll end up watching enough times to justify the cost, and, what the heck. Charge it to the Underhills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Paws Up!!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Scraps
1.0 out of 5 stars Retch
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 more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Staples Lazarus
4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie
This is Chevy Chase at his best. The fast one liners are perfect and he manages to have one for every conceivable occasion. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Jamie Jeffords
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning
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 more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by dondo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fletch !
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 more
Published on July 12 2003 by Stephen A. Viles
5.0 out of 5 stars "...put it on the Underhills' bill..."
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 more
Published on July 8 2003 by Cubist
2.0 out of 5 stars For chevy chase....Not funny at all!!
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 more
Published on June 17 2003 by Jimmy Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars not great
I don't give a damn about what other people say about it, but I don't think that Fletch was that good. It had some funny parts but not perfect whatsoever.
Published on June 5 2003 by Dixon Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Chevy Chase's Best Films
This is, in my opinion, one of the best films Chevy Chase has turned out. It's better than the Vacation series. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by chemikalguy
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