This thread gave me a weird impulse to want to watch Fletch again, so I did.
It’s… ok. . A lot of the humor falls flat (Chevy Chase dreaming he’s on the Lakers isn’t bad, but he wears a big afro wig? He gets called in to assist an autopsy while disguised as a doctor and faints?) but a lot of the incidental humor is pretty good. There’s a throwaway scene where he pulls a chair away from someone else’s desk to sit down and a few seconds later that guy tries to sit and falls down. It sounds dumb, but I laughed. Most of the editing in the movie is poor, but the timing on that one is great. There’s a few things like that in the movie.
The plot is actually pretty good. I’d forgotten some of the twists and reveals. The portrayal of L.A. cops in the 80’s is a little over the top… but unfortunately not by much. It doesn’t exactly come together as a coherent narrative, but all the parts are there.
It has 80’s pacing. It meanders. The scenes are in no particular order. There’s a car chase because I guess they had the budget for it. It’s not clear how time passes in the movie. He flies back and forth to Utah twice in the movie, all while his editor is yelling that he has to make his deadline by the next morning.
I know I will get yelled at for this, but the worst thing in the movie is the music. It is super annoying. It’s the same synthesizer noodling over and over again, played way too loud, mixed in with awful 80’s songs
Geena Davis is in it! And, um… M. Emmet Walsh (in one scene). And… hm, let’s see… Joe Don Baker! George Wendt is in it for about a minute. A cast of dozens! It was directed by the guy who directed Tom Chick favorite The Candidate!