4.06.2004

Retro

Hello all!
Here goes Tim's first Retro Review! Enjoy!

Movie: Fletch
Starring: Chevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Geena Davis
Run Time: 98 Hilarious minutes
Rating on All Movie dot com: 3 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (I know you all agree)

I love this movie! One of my all time favorites. I tell you, Chevy Chase ruled the mid 1980's.
Chevy is Irwin Fletcher, L.A. investigative newspaper reporter who writes a column under the name "Jane Doe."
In this masterpiece film, Fletch is trying to find out who is the mastermind running drugs on an L.A. beach, so he can do a story about it. He meets a random strange executive named Alan Stanwyk, who proposes Fletch kill him because he has cancer and wants to die in a way that will allow his family to get insurance money. Fletch is skeptical but plays along to see what's up. Meanwhile Fletch thinks cops are involved in the drugs, possibly overseen by the chief. He also finds that the police chief and Stanwyk know each other. Can this be a coincidence? I think not! Well Fletch does some more investigating, complete with hilarious disguises that cost about 50 cents, and a fake voice.
Fletch is just too darn funny. The best moments are when he exposes other people's ignorances by introducing himself as real life people. Example: When Alan Stanwyk introduces himself, Fletch says his name is Ted Nugent. Of course this rich executive has no idea who the guitar god is. Later, Fletch intros himself to other people as "Gordon Liddy," "Harry S. Truman," and "Don Corleone." This guy is a master of identities. One of the best scenes is where he jumps in a car with a kid who's trying to steal it, in order to flee the police. He pretends he's an EPA-type agent monitoring the exhaust on the little convertible sports car, saying the police are just an escort. OK, I swear you have to see it and not rely on my longwinded synopsis.
In short. BUY THIS DVD. Do not rent!! BUY IT!! You won't regret it. Oh, and I'm starting a petition to get the second part "Fletch Lives" released on DVD. Join me!! Maybe I'll review that in the next Retro Review.

OK peeps, I need to read some more feedback from y'all. Otherwise I make Alanna read them all and laugh for me.

Tim

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