Today in Movie History: May 31

What can one say about Fletch, arguably the best film Chevy Chase ever made with a deep and abiding cult following to back it up? It’s as funny as it always was… though it does highlight a tendency of 80s cinema to present some frankly repugnant characters as heroes. Chase’s Irwin Fletcher is self-important, obnoxious, exploitative and sometimes downright cruel. Luckily for the film, that doesn’t preclude him from making us laugh, and frankly, the movie character is nothing compared to the same guy in the original novel. The film opened today in 1985.


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