Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Writing credits: Gregory McDonald, Andrew Bergman
Plot: Fletch is the world's greatest wisecracking undercover journalist who uses his knack for character disguises and witty remarks to get his story.
Review: Fletch. FLETCH! How could anybody not love this movie? Yes, he was great in the Vacation films, Three Amigos and plenty of others, but you simply can't talk about Chevy Chase without mentioning the legendary Irwin M. Fletcher... aka "Ted Nugent", aka "Harry S. Truman", aka "Dr. Rosen-rosen Rosen-penis", aka "Igor Stravinsky", aka "Arnold Babar", aka "John Coctoastan". Fletch is a man of many names and many disguises, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better detective-comedy than this. It's one of the greatest comedies to come out of the 80s, and it's easy to see why with the superb writing, excellent casting, and a catchy as hell soundtrack.
Many fans of Chevy Chase regard the Fletch films as the high point of his career, and rightfully so. Fletch isn't just a comedy you watch once and forget about a few days later. It's a comedy that truly stands the test of time. It sticks with you... it's one that you can seemingly rewatch countless times while never growing tired of it.
Those looking to pursue a career in writing scripts for comedy films could learn a lot from Fletch. There are so many perfectly delivered one-liners in this film, it's frankly amazing and you'll find yourself quoting them constantly. Here's an example of one of the many brilliantly quick exchanges:
Madeline: I'm sorry, who are you again?PERFECTION.
Fletch: I'm Frieda's boss.
Madeline: Who's Frieda?
Fletch: My secretary.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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