When a wealthy businessman offers reporter Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a fast-talking master of disguise, a fortune to murder him before a terminal illness takes hold, Fletch works the scenario in hilarious style to get the exclusive scoop.
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- Michael Ritchie
- DVD and Blu-ray
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Another fine Universal disc here; there's the trailer, some Production Notes, cast and crew bios and French dubbing to go with the English and Spanish subtitles. The transfer is surprisingly good, considering that this film is a relic of that odd and smeary era of '80s cinematography.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; "Just Charge It To The Underhills": Making and Remembering Fletch; "From John Cocktoastin To Harry S. Truman": The Disguises; favorite Fletch moments; trailer; BD Live: Basic Download Center.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Chevy Chase classic came out just one year after the PG-13 rating was instituted, so although it's rated PG, today it would probably merit a PG-13 for its language ("bitch," "s--t," and many words starting with "ass"), sexual innuendo, and mild violence. As an investigative reporter, Fletch is a "master of disguise" who impersonates various people to gain information. The situations he gets himself into are funny and, for the most part, harmless.
- Sexual Content
- Fletch comes onto, propositions, and kisses a married woman. He makes remarks that make it clear he has slept with her. He says "nice piece of ass" and "pimp" and makes slightly lewd remark about his large "endowment."
- Fletch knees a guy in the groin. Someone hires Fletch to kill him. A character tries to kill his wife and Fletch.
- PG-13-level cursing: "bitch," "assface," "ass," "assh--e," "asswipe," "s--t," "crap," "hell," "Jesus H. Christ"
- Social Behavior
- As an investigative reporter, Fletch does some sneaky things, mostly impersonating others, to get information. On the other hand, he has the public's best interest (and his career) in mind.
- Los Angeles Lakers and their merchandise are featured fairly prominently; also Coors beer and Miracle Whip in one scene.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink champagne, beer, and wine in a few scenes; Drugs are discussed and a drug dealer/supplier exposed.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it