Tag: Fletch

Book Report: Fletch (Gregory Mcdonald, 1974)

Book Report: Fletch (Gregory Mcdonald, 1974)

Books
It's taken me a long time to finally delve into Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch book series, although I can't give you a good reason why. I have loved the first movie for a few decades, so you'd think I would want to consume all I can about the character right from the source. But inertia is a powerful force, and so it is that I've finally started my journey this week. So, the original Fletch from 1974. If you're reading this I'm guessing you've seen the movie but not read the book, and want to know how closely the former follows the latter. So let's go ahead and get the story differences out of the way now. Needless to say, spoiler alert. Book Fletch is a blonde, not dark-haired like Chevy Chase. The Geena Davis movie role (Larry) is named Clara Snow in the book, and Fletch has a rathe...
Fletch makes me sad

Fletch makes me sad

Movies
So I'm enjoying the Fletch/Fletch Lives double feature on AMC tonight, and a question occurs to me - has there ever been a bigger fall from funny for a once-great comedic actor than Chevy Chase's? There was a time (about 1975-1989) when he could legitimately claim to be one of the funniest men in American film (and TV, although his time on Saturday Night Live didn't even last 2 seasons). Sure, there were some real stinkers in there (I'm looking at you, Under the Rainbow), but the triple whammy of Caddyshack, Vacation, and Fletch should've been enough to be his lifetime meal ticket. Then there are the movies that, while they may not be in the same class as the Big 3, are pretty damn good anyway - European Vacation, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, Funny Farm, Fletch Lives, and Christmas Va...