I think of Fletch as a sunny film noir.
Though Chevy Chase prefers Lakers jerseys to crumpled suits and plays a
slacker newspaperman rather than a two-bit detective, the film is
surprisingly similar to genre-pushing latter-era noirs like Chinatown and The Long Goodbye. Fletch
(no disguises: It’s presented by Aaron Mesh’s BAM) isn’t as visually
arresting as either aforementioned film, but it casts Chase as a cool,
sarcastic antihero and serves as a love letter to that mythic Los
Angeles where a man could truly reinvent himself—as a mechanic, a
doctor, a hobo, a white basketball player with a huge afro, an
undercover mattress-tag inspector...the possibilities were pretty much
endless back in 1985.
- Showing at: Laurelhurst Theater.
- Best paired with: New Belgium Clutch Dark Sour Ale.
- Also showing: Young Adult (Academy, Laurelhurst, Mission).