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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 Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the buttons of his frustrated editor (Richard Libertini). He's also known for donning numerous disguises and assuming zany false identities to help gain information. While pursuing an ongoing story about a powerful drug dealer who operates from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A breezy, peppy frolic and a tour de force for Chase."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's not all about wacky disguises and goofy aliases. At its core, the film is a top notch mystery thriller."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"A quick, smart, slick piece of comedy filmmaking that features a once-great comedian at the very top of his game."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"A snappy, inventive comedy with Chevy Chase."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Fast-paced and witty, this is Chase's best solo venture to date, and will hold almost anyone's attention for its well-edited 98 minutes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Chase's best"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One of the more quotable comedies of the 1980s"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Twenty-two years later, I get all the jokes, but I remain only pleasantly amused, nothing more, nothing less"
‑ Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
"far too silly"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Moments of humor that still have legs today. And many moments that don't."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
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