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Fletch Lives (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Crime  |  17 March 1989 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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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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When there's more trouble than one man can handle...there's more than one man for the job.

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In the scene when Fletch hides in the morgue's refrigerator from Ben Dover, the chalkboard in the background has names for the other corpses in storage. Names include those of Wally Cox, Carol Wayne, Alan Ludden, Paul Lynde, all of whom made appearances on _"The Hollywood Squares" (1965)_. Most likely, this was done because of the 3 x 3 grid of the refrigeration units. See more »

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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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