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Admit it, review Fletch – as the trailer says there’s only one Fletch – that’s not it.

September 15, 2022

This Confess, Fletch movie review contains no significant spoilers or plot points.

I always thought Jon Hamm was an underrated and underused comedian. But I recently contracted Covid-19, and I wonder if I’ve lost my ability to laugh or find it funny with my sense of taste and smell. Hamm’s new take on the Fletch book series is more fun than anything laughable, and that mostly comes from a supporting character. In the movie, Confess, Fletch works best as a nice little mystery and the methods used to solve the crime. Alas, director Greg Mottola and co-writer Zev Borow can’t capture Gregory McDonald’s sour tongue. Nor can Hamm polish a comedic delivery close to Chevy Chase.

The script is based on the second book in the McDonald’s series of the same name. Here we find Hamm’s Fletch entering a rented house and finding a corpse. A young woman with blond hair in a summer dress. It’s a strange coincidence. While Fletch investigates stolen paintings, a woman trying to break into the art world dies.

Fletch had just arrived from Rome that night, and his wealthy girlfriend, Angela (Knock Knock Lorenza Izzo), installed it for him. He’s there to locate Angela’s priceless family paintings, and she thinks her ex-mother-in-law, the wildly eccentric Countess (an over-the-top Marcia Gay Harden), took them. Now Fletch is the prime suspect in a murder investigation, as lead detective Detective Monroe (Roy Wood, Jr.) plays the investigation into several suspects and sleazy characters.

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The end product of Confess, Fletch, is remarkably uneven, particularly in the sense of having a full set of characters who are so bizarrely different that nothing seems to fit together. It’s as if they were torn from other genres to take a wrong turn in this story. Not only do you have the displaced Countess of Harden, but Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar’s Annie Mumolo’s Eve is also something of an SNL skit.

The supporting character that works well is Wood’s Inspector Monroe, who has a fun set of bits. A detective who always yawns and constantly falls asleep on the job because of his new child, even when his partner chases him and follows Fletch around town.

On the contrary, the script would have worked better if Fletch had been the quirky character. Hamm, who simultaneously has that Ryan Reynolds ability to be devilishly handsome and hilarious, is relegated to straight man. And when he tries his hand at a few sour tongue jokes, the majority fall flat.

Confess, Fletch, for the most part, works slightly like a mystery movie, and any spin-off humor has an inconsistent tone. Besides a fun – there’s that word again – piece of Fletch using creative means with fireworks for the investigation, the film is more enjoyable than enjoyable. That’s odd, given Mottola’s pedigree with Adventureland and even Borow writing a few dozen episodes of Mandrel. But, as the trailer says, there’s only one Fletch.

It’s not that.

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