Confess, Fletch (2022)
September 19, 2022 3:26 PM - Subscribe

After 33 years, Fletch gets a reboot, now 100% less Chevy Chase. Jon Hamm takes on the lead role with support from Roy Wood, Jr., Kyle MacLachlan, Marcia Gay Harden and John Slattery. Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad).

After becoming the prime suspect in multiple murders, Fletch strives to prove his innocence while simultaneously searching for his fiancée’s stolen art collection.
posted by wabbittwax (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed the original Fletch, back in the day, despite my hint of snark above. Not so much Fletch Lives, which was embarrassing for all concerned. But I think it’s more than fair to say that Jon Hamm’s Fletch is a much better character and Confess, Fletch Is a better movie. All around, it’s a good time.
posted by wabbittwax at 3:30 PM on September 19 [3 favorites]

This movie has the best Sega Genesis joke I expect I'll hear all year.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:12 AM on September 20

I love the Fletch books. I had fun at the first Fletch movie fully aware it was mostly a Chevy Chase vehicle & not entirely faithful to the book. I am looking forward to seeing this one, though I don't see how Jon Hamm fits the part.

I never thought I would ever say this about him, but I would cast Owen Wilson. [Unless the Spicoli-era Sean Penn were available...]
posted by chavenet at 11:56 AM on September 20

Wasn't this a passion project of Kevin Smith's at some point?
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 1:43 PM on September 20

Kevin Smith wanted to do a Fletch movie with Jason Lee in the role. I think maybe the idea was to still have Chevy in the movie as like a mentor, and the working title was Son of Fletch. He met with Chevy and found him unbearable and I think the project ran out of steam after that. Jon Hamm’s been trying to make this happen for a while.
posted by wabbittwax at 1:54 PM on September 20

I didn't really know what to expect, but liked this a lot: some of the dialogue reminded me of The Philadelphia Story or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Jon Hamm takes a very nice laid back, smart-but-mostly-lucky approach to Fletch that entirely drops Chase's snark and sass in favor of a worn, world-weary charm.

There were a couple of odd lighting choices, and the location switches don't really work (the poster and trailer really emphasize Rome, but almost none of the plot takes place there). But the cast is solid (Kyle MacLachlan and Marcia Gay Harden are a hoot): overall, the film is wonderfully charming.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:33 PM on September 20

I didn't know this movie was happening until I saw this thread. Has there been any marketing at all?
posted by RakDaddy at 4:04 PM on September 20 [1 favorite]

NO. What's weird is that I swear if this were a TV show, everyone I know would be all over it! I honestly feel like they dropped the ball by not making it a TV show.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:29 PM on September 20

This was fun, and I’d like to see a whole series of these. The overly-complicated but basically low stakes vibes feel just right now.
posted by jeoc at 5:44 AM on September 23

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