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Fletch is a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper, but he acts more like a detective. When an obscure relative leaves him a Louisiana mansion in his will, Fletch is naturally curious. Arriving in Louisiana, events occur that make him suspect that all is not well, and there is more to the property than he has been led to believe. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The character Jimmy Lee Farnsworth satires actual televangelist 'Peter Popoff'. Directly mimicking his powers of "healing touch" and being radioed information through a hidden earpiece. However in the Popoff situation, his wife was on the radio. See more »

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When Fletch is masquerading as the exterminator, he supposedly finds a microscopic termite. As he's showing it to the Sheriff's Deputy, the position of his hand holding the flashlight changes back and forth as the camera angle changes. See more »

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Calculus Entropy: How do you do? I be Calculus Entropy, you be Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher?
Fletch: I be Fletch, Geometry Fletch. She be Miss Trigonometry Ross.
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campier and sillier than the first
7 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is an L.A. newspaper investigative reporter. He wants to go on vacation but his editor Frank Walker refuses. Lawyer Marvin Gillet is once again hounding him for alimony. His aunt Belle dies leaving him a Louisiana plantation. He quits and is surprised at the mansion's rundown state. It also comes with an old Cadillac that has no brakes. Calculus Entropy (Cleavon Little) is the handyman playing dumb. Fletch sleeps with lawyer Amanda Ray Ross but somebody kills her in his bed. He gets arrested and put in a cell with Ben Dover. Dover's lawyer Ham Johnson (Hal Holbrook) gets him released. The local KKK gathers outside his place. Realtor Becky Culpepper (Julianne Phillips) offers him $250k for the plantation. He continues to be harassed, the mansion burns down, almost killed by an assailant and discovers toxic wastes on his land. Money grubbing Televangelist Jimmy Lee Farnsworth (R. Lee Ermey) wants the land as part of his amusement park Bibleland. Then Walker tells him that Becky is actually Jimmy Lee's daughter.

I compare 'Fletch' to a less funny 'Beverly Hills Cop'. The comparison for 'Fletch Lives' would be 'Beverly Hills Cop III'. This is sillier than Fletch and has an amusement park. Like BHC III, I find this movie just as badly written. Chevy Chase is playing up his wacky characters. The movie has lost the serious investigation of the first movie. That tends to happen when you add a bumbling KKK. Julianne Phillips is a stiff cardboard cut-out. Chevy is more annoying than funny in this movie. He is still funny at certain scenes but it's not nearly enough. Cleavon Little is not as funny as he thinks he is.


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