Fletch (1985) – Encore Review


“Why don’t we go lay on the bed and I’ll fill you in?” – Fletch

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (theater in 1985, numerous times on cable, video and DVD, 6 Mar 2014 and 21 Dec 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An investigative report doing undercover work on a drug scandal,m is asked by a dying millionaire to murder him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater when I was 11.

Chevy Chase does a spectacular job with this role and this is probably his finest performance over his entire career.

He knows how to play this character so well and it helps make him so lovable throughout.

His ability to take on so many different personalities is great and enhances the story so much because of the way that things play out.

Despite doing so well with this character, they unfortunately chose not to make more than one sequel even though there are so many books based on this character to choose from.

This is especially upsetitng because they had the opportunity to do so when Chase was in his prime to portray this character.

The film’s script is quite clever and they find some very intriguing and interesting ways to have the story unfold.

The dialogue is amazing and Chase delivers so many of his character’s jokes in such a great and fun way.

This is a movie filled with so many iconic scenes, quotes and situations and despite having been made 35 years ago, the jokes are al so hilarious without any regard to how many times one watches this movie.

The film’s theme song “Bit by Bit’ sung by Stephanie Meyers fits the story so well and enhances numerous scenes.

Check it out here:

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works so well because it is so much fun to watch this character. Chase is superbly cast in the title role and makes things so enjoyable to watch unfold. The various personalities that the character takes on throughout the course of the film are so perfect and really show how talented Chase is as an actor. Unfortunately, this series never was made into a franchise because it could have done so well with Chase in his prime. The script is quite clever and plays out in a very intriguing and interesting way. The dialogue is superb and there are so many iconic scenes and quotes from this film that remain so humorous even after 35 years and so many rewatches.  The movie’s theme song by Stephanie Mills is amazing and really helps the film so much. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Chevy Chase has mentioned in interviews that Fletch is his favorite of his movies, because it gave him the “opportunity to be himself”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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