CONFESS, FLETCH Is Too Much Fun for a Limited Theatrical Release

If Confess, Fletch Released twenty years ago, it will now be a movie that people refer to as Hollywood never makes. Since it is coming in 2022, it will prove them wrong. Apparently studios can still deliver an entertaining low-to-medium budget comedy for adults. And yet, those who remember the era when theaters had an abundance of these movies every week aren’t wrong about the tyranny of big-budget blockbusters. That’s why Confess, Fletch— starring Jon Hamm (finally) in a big screen role perfectly suited to him — is only receiving a limited theatrical release to coincide with the on-demand debut. And it’s so much fun to see this movie already feel like it doesn’t really matter.

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Confess, Fletch Is a combination murder-mystery/art-heist comedy. Based on the novel by Gregory MacDonald, it stars Haim as former investigative reporter Irwin Maurice “Fletch” Fletcher. He is framed for the death of a young woman after his wealthy Italian girlfriend Angela (Lorenza Izzo) sends him to Boston to retrieve a missing Picasso painting that requires him to ransom her father.

The film is a total reboot of the franchise based on the McDonald’s series. Hmm not playing the same character Chevy Chase did in the 80s. The two versions share some similarities, notably a willingness to put themselves in danger and lie about their identities. But there are vast differences between them. And none of them are bigger than their general outlook.

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Chase’s Fletch was sarcastic and smug, while Hamm is far more catchy and goofy. It remains a winning approach. the original Fletch succeeded by embracing Chase’s strength, as Confess, Fletch Succeeds by embracing Hmm. He’s undeniably likable, but just so gullible and carefree that you never know how genuinely stupid his behavior is and how much act. This not only makes the character more compelling, but adds another level of intrigue to whatever is happening. You’re never quite sure whether or not Fletch knows how much. That uncertainty is fun the whole time, and more than pays off by the end.

(Note: If you’re worried about this movie don’t worry about living up to the 1985 movie. I like the first FletchBut I wasn’t even thinking about Chase’s movie while watching Haim.)

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But the movie doesn’t work when there isn’t a bang to spend time with Hmm, the whole cast is excellent. Roy Wood Jr.’s skilful-but-tired Detective Monroe is a perfect foil for easy Fletch. And Monroe’s underling Grizz (Ayden Myrie) is a constant source of joy as she tries to keep up with the number one suspect in the murder investigation. (Fletch has been framed for murder.)

And, no wonder, Kyle MacLachlan is brilliant as an antimicrobial art dealer with an electronic dance music obsession. I know his musical preference reads like a cheap gag, but his love of EDM brings many laughable moments.

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The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden as The Countess, a ridiculous Italian woman convinced that her kidnapped husband is already dead. She comes into the movie like a relief pitcher who throws at 100 mph and never gives up. Give The Countess a spinoff movie and I promise I’ll watch. I’d like to see more of John Slattery’s newspaper editor Frank. His unbridled temper and general hatred over everything and everyone adds another funny dynamic to the humor of the film.

Why the film’s comedy and coherent tone is finally Confess, Fletch So pleasant. It aims to entertain and does so largely by telling jokes from start to finish. Not everyone takes off, but they really do take off when they do. And even when they don’t, they’re rarely, if ever, bad.

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However, there are some problems in the film. The cross-examination of the missing art/abducted father/murdered girl deserves a note. But the script never quite gets the right balance of investment in its many suspects, so we know why each should be taken seriously as potential killers. Other suspects include a wacky neighbor, a wealthy landowner addicted to drugs, and a despised ex-wife. But all of them needed more screen time for the film’s big payoff to feel as chaotic as the movie wanted it to be. Confess, Fletch Either it needs another 20 minutes or it needs to cut a character or two.

I also suspect that most people will figure out the case twenty minutes before the big revelation. Even if you see it coming, it will nullify the effect of the primary ending. The good news is that there are still a few other tricks in the movie, and those unexpected surprises are completely satisfying in a way that isn’t a solution to the main mystery.

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But the film’s shortcomings fade in comparison to everything it does right. Confess, Fletch It may not be perfect, but this is exactly the type of movie you’d leave with zero regrets for giving your time and money. (You’d also expect it to get multiple sequels.)

And yet my bet is that due to its double demand/limited number of theatrical releases and surprisingly lack of promotions, not many people will be watching it anytime soon. It probably won’t be until it ends up on original cable someday, when everyone discovers this delightful little movie and watches it nearly 300 times.

And when they do I know what they’ll say: “They don’t make movies like this anymore!” Turns out they do. They don’t promote and liberate them like they used to. way Confess, Fletch should have been.

Confess, Fletch Arrives digitally and in limited theaters September 16.

Mickey Walsh is a staff writer at Nerdist. you can follow him on twitter @burgermike, And also that somewhere someone is ranking Targaryen kings.

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