USA / English
"Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. "Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes...
Wisecrack mystery yarn
Chevy Chase plays investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher, nicknamed
Fletch, who's disguising himself as a junkie on the beach to uncover a
smuggling ring. He gets spotted by Tim Matheson, a real estate
millionaire, who asks Fletch to kill him so his wife can receive the
inherit. Fletch goes snooping around and finds out that his smuggling
ring investigation might somehow be tied to the millionaire.
With a different leading man this film could very well have been a full
blown thriller. Imagine John Frankenheimer directing and Robert De Niro
starring. But, in dealing with what's at hand, Fletch is a good comedy
where Chase can showcase his range of disguises and delivery of good
one-liners. Chase absolutely smothers the film with wisecracks and the
overall very well constructed mystery is nearly overlooked. With
repeated viewings I've actually come to appreciate the film more for
it's genuinely gripping detective story elements, it really does boast
a solid mystery that unfolds well.
There's one thing for sure here; you have to be a fan of Chevy Chase
for this film to work for you. Since I'm a fan the film is in high
regard. Chase's wisecracks aren't all brilliant but they're mostly very
good and here he's at the top of his game.
Fletch and Clark Griswold are the two characters Chevy Chase will most
be remembered for.
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