Fletch (1985)

Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 18, 1998
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Quotably funny -- and fast-paced enough to smooth over the jokes that don't land -- Fletch is one of the best big-screen vehicles for Chevy Chase's brand of smug silliness.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Admittedly, the storyline weaves all over the place, but no matter - Chase's performance and a plethora of daft and witty situations carry it past some structural rough spots.

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Time Out

This could be Bob Hope material c1942 and Chase does acquit himself well (though with cool reserve) in the gags-to-plot transitions. What dulls the enterprise is that Ritchie so keeps his distance from every character.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...benefits substantially from Chase's far-from-subtle yet mostly engaging turn as the goofy title character...

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Variety Staff

A breezy, peppy frolic and a tour de force for Chase.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material.

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Nick Rogers
Midwest Film Journal

As Chevy Chase's best starring vehicle, it inverts the novels' occasional darkness into a quick-witted quip machine. But that energy feels appropriately extemporaneous here in making defenses fall or hackles rise. Either way, Fletch gets the story.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

What truly holds Fletch together isn't the somewhat off-putting Chase--whose screen presence was always defined by a love-it-or-hate it smugness--but his time-tested collaborators: screenwriter Bergman...and director Michael Ritchie...[Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Lafe Fredbjornson
Back in '85 when Chevy Chase was somewhat popular with folks. Looking back he's a bigger clown. Serviceable investigation movie. His disguises are… More
Alexis Nomm
Fletch/Chevy Chase is taking down the bad guys with his brand of cheese and wit. It's funny.
Lucas Martins
Funny and good entertainment.
Leigh Ryan
Don't know why I waited so long to see this, it was funny as all get out. I liked it, I liked it a lot. : )
Aj V
This is a hilarious comedy starring Chevy Chase, I really like it and if you're a fan of his, you should see this one.
Martin Sahlin
I'm sorry...Chevy Chase is not funny. He was pretty good here...but his face is still there...very chilled out movie.

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