Confess, Fletch (2022)

Jon Hamm, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Lorenza Izzo,
After becoming the prime suspect in multiple murders, Fletch strives to prove his innocence while simultaneously searching for his fiancé's stolen art collection.
  • 6.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-17 Added:
  • Zev Borow, Gregory McDonald, Writer:
  • Greg Mottola, Director:
  • Bill Block, Connie Tavel, Producer:


7 / 10

Some context may be welcome

Back when dinosaurs roamed (before the internet), every drug store and pharmacy on the planet offered patrons rows and rows of things called "pocketbooks" which people used to "read" (before streaming media and DVDs). In that specific setting, several bestselling authors stood out because of the multiple books featuring their name. One of those standout authors was Gregory MacDonald (no longer with us) and his fictional character was named Fletch. People loved Fletch not only because he was a cool (often unwilling) detective, but because the style of writing was incredibly concise and different. Short sentences. Things happened quickly. Dialog was briief. Narrative deboned with the fat removed. You get the picture. When the first series of Fletch films was made in 1985, Hollywood cast SNL icon Chevy Chase. He was good in the role. Hell, he was awesome. So here we are in the 2020s when, it seems, everything is being remade except your Aunt Bessie's peach cobbler. (And they are working on that.) Older viewers will inevitably compare Hamm to Chase, and possibly find fault. Younger viewers will be OK with this less edgy, more laid back version of Fletch. But then again they really have nothing to compare him to. ((Designated "IMDb Top Reviewer." Please check out my list "167+ Nearly-Perfect Movies (with the occasional Anime or TV miniseries) you can/should see again and again (1932 to the present))

7 / 10

I Loathe Sequels/Prequels/Spinoffs/Reduxes/Reimaginings/Remakes

I was dead set against seeing this - not because I hold the original in such high regard. I'm indifferent to it. It was fine at the time but re-watching it a couple of years ago, it just didn't hold up for me. And with all of the great movies to re-watch over and over again (Goodfellas, Heat, anything Tarantino), why would I bother watching this? Well, to begin with: Greg Mottola. And then the cast. And I have to say, this movie didn't disappoint - as cynical as I was. It kept the spirit of Fletch, and the book, but exceeded what I thought I'd get. It's not at all a throwaway comedy - I will probably rewatch this again sooner rather than later. I could yammer on even more but what's the point - it was a good movie and worth watching. So just watch it.

8 / 10

There's a new Fletch in town.

I was uncertain about Jon Hamm taking over the role made famous by Chevy Chase, not sure he could pull off the funny sarcastic charm the way Chase pulled it off. But after seeing the movie I gotta say Hamm really knocked it out the park, now he is no Chevy Chase, but does play the part in his own funny way.

The film has a fun little mystery that keeps you invested. And there are other characters that Fletch joyfully plays off of. It's well directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). Now is it anywhere near a classic like the original Fletch (1985), not quite. But still a fun film, that does not take itself seriously.

5 / 10

Don't expect a Chevy Chase comedy here...

When I sat down to watch the 2022 movie "Confess, Fletch", I must admit that I was expecting it to be a follow-up to the 1985 "Fletch" and the 1989 "Fletch Lives" movies. However, as I perused the Trivia section here on IMDb, I figured out that the movie was not that, but instead about the investigator reporter based on the books by Gregory McDonald. Sure, I was a little bit disappointed about that, plus also disappointed that I wouldn't get to see Chevy Chase return to the role.

If I hadn't read this Trivia section, then "Confess, Fletch" would have been a very disappointing movie for me, because I would have been expecting a comedy character as portrayed by Chevy Chase. However, if you sit down to watch "Confess, Fletch" with the mindset of it being a non-comedy, then it is actually a fair enough movie.

The story, as written by Zev Borow and Greg Mottola, was adequate enough. I am not overly keen on pseudo-crime movies, so it wasn't a movie that brought a whole lot of entertainment about for me. Sure, it was watchable enough for what it was. However, I doubt that I will ever return to watch "Confess, Fletch" a second time.

The cast ensemble in "Confess, Fletch" was good, with the likes of Jon Hamm, Kyle MacLachlan, John Slattery and others on the cast list. Good performances on the screen definitely helped bring the characters to life in a good way.

My rating of director Greg Mottola's 2022 crime comedy "Confess, Fletch" lands on a five out of ten stars.

8 / 10

a very entertaining ...

Remake on the name fletch that used to belong to chevy chase once upon a time, and the speedy plot , deep secluded humour, and a fantastic binging of jon hamms good old friends, and jon hamms great talent for this kind of crime com edy is just perfect.

Budgetwise it cant have cost much to make this little trivial busquit called ''confess,fletch'' a neomodern edition of sherlock holmes in the american crimeworld that is. So i hope they dare to mae a few more features like this, ms marple of agathae cristie do also have some resemblance to fletch believe it or not and now i can stop, cause the grumpy old man have passed the 650 word limitation for review writing, so now ive done that for you, and that leaves you to make the choice wether or not to see the film. Its a recommend from me anyway.