"I'd have to really go 4.5 but 4 is unfair. Fletch is back and it's great. Leonard Maltin should relax a little bit and lighten up. Starting off in a mafia-controlled seafood restaurant, we find Fletch in drag and the object of desire of a near-sighted Greek man.Inheriting a Louisiana mansion, Fletch flies down next to an obnoxious but friendly nasal-surgery candidate. Yet another classic dream sequence, and this one is not to be missed, as "Old White Joe", Fletch fantasizes that his ex-wife's lawyer, his boss and the cute gal from the office all fall at his feet. The imagery from Disney's "Song of the South" is pure genius and you might notice "Ted Underhill" making a cameo appearance at the end of the dream sequence (there must have been 300 extras here or a *whole* lot of CGI ... check out the *very end* of the dream sequence closely).I love it. Again beautiful women involved here including the lovely Julianne Phillips. This is Cleavon Little's best work since "Blazing Saddles" (though he was great in the early 1970's "Vanishing Point"). Randall "Tex" Cobb never fails to amuse especially with his "Ben Dover" appearance as a **faux** zooerastia-obsessed transvestite necrophiliac (get a dictionary!). Now this movie doesn't bash Christians, in fact there are some accurately quoted Bible verses. But it does lampoon some who misuse Christianity for money solely.Phil Hartman is here as a Bly Bio Chem manager. Richard Libertini is back and a little goosey it appears. Hal Holbrook is here as the vengeful attorney / land owner. And the great Geoffrey Lewis who never fails to deliver an interesting, if not xenophobic and myopic, character, is here. Little is "Calculus Entropy" causing Chase to introduce himself as "Geometry Fletch" and the real-estate attorney as "Miss Trigonometry Ross". As Billy Gene King of Bug Busters, Fletch investigates Miss Ross's house for "Reticularious Marios Cuomos" (approximately!). Dangerous African Flesh-Eating Termites, not only do they cause the walls in Miss Ross's house to be deplaning to an alarming degree but they jump into the ear of the sheriff's deputy. Fortunately, Fletch gives him sound advice on how to get those termites out. Too funny! Besides, how many movies have the terms "carpetbagger", "toxic waste" and "The (Rolling) Stones" in them? ..."
My fave film when I was a kid
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 04/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Peggy-Lee Zorba, Nostradamus, The Colonel, Billy-Jean King, Hank Himmler, Claude-Henry Smoot, Peter Lemonjello, Ed Harley, Elmer-Fudd Gantry and Bobby-Lee Schwartz II. Not to mention Fletch himself. Has Chevy Chase ever played so many people in one film?
I love Fletch Live, it is so damn funny and cackles with hilarious dialogue. It's a bloody shame that the critics were beastly, when it first came out. Chevy Chase, once again, nails the role of Fletch and only he can deliver the deadpan sarcasm in a way no other actor can.
The plot may be a little weak but it works fine. Fletch quits his job as an investigative reporter after he inherits a plantation mansion in Louisiana. But he stumbles upon another mystery and does his best to unravel it.
His disguises will make you grin from ear to ear (Claude Henry Smoot steals the show) and they way he comes out with the most ridiculous of things when he's talking to people makes you wonder why they ever believe it. As Peter Lemonjello, Fletch tells a studio camera operator that his house is on fire. The guy believes him!
I do wish that they had used more of the Bibleland sets as it seems so much for so little screen time but the presence of R. Lee Ermey as the eccentric TV Evangelist makes up for it.
I'm not really that impressed with this lackluster DVD. There are still pictures over the end credits that hint at deleted scenes, but none of them are on here. The 1.85:1 anamorphic picture is fine, as is the Dolby Surround sound design. But it's yet another non-effort by Universal. Fletch Lives really deserved a lot more than this.
And to any of you who are puzzled why Mr. Underhill is credited in the cast of characters but not actually in the film, he IS. Look closely at the Zipedee Doo-Dah sequence and you can see him as one of the dancers."
Chevy Chase's witty humor will be sure to keep you laughing!
Karl Morkunas | Naples, FL | 09/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I caught this movie by chance on USA Family one weekend night, and I'm glad that I stayed tuned! Chevy Chase plays a reporter working out of L.A. that inherits a piece of real estate in the South and soon finds himself being shot at and in the middle of hilarious, wild antics. Chase dresses up as many different inconspicuous characters to find the mysterious murderer that wants his property and him dead. Although one will see that the critics here have bashed the script for its lack of stability and substance, but this older comedy truly fulfills its mission to keep you laughing."
Finally on DVD, thank God!
Karl Morkunas | 08/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard for me to pick a favorite between this one and the first. I don't understand anyone who says this was was considerably weaker. Most people I talk to like this one better! This is one of the ones I've been waiting for since I bought my DVD player!"
Fletch DOES Live
Jerry C. Lewey | Everywhere | 04/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this today and I do not regret it all. I watched it tonight and laughed out loud several times. His disguises are hilarious and all of the southern jokes and stereotypes are here. I'm from the south so watching all of the over the top stereotypes in this movie is a lot of fun. I think Chase does very good in this movie with his one-liners and sarcasm.
As with the first FLETCH movie, there is a mystery as to who the antagonist is. That really doesn't matter in this movie because it is so funny throughout the rest of it. This may be Chase on the slight downside of his career, but it is still very good and very CHEVY CHASE."