Episode #062

Fletch is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, part of the Standalones grouping of episodes and more specifically a Ben's Choice. Posted 17 Jun 2016.

Summary

It's the very first Ben's Choice!

In this special episode, guest host Producer Ben has been given his own “Blank Check” for selecting a one-off film to review... and he’s cashing it in with 1985’s cult comedy Fletch.

Is this one of Chevy Chase’s strongest performances? What happened to actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson? Out of all the movies ever made Ben picked Fletch - but why?

Together, Ben and #TheTwoFriends discuss Chevy Chase’s tumultuous reputation and career, nostalgia for these types of comedies and character actors, Geena Davis’ impressive run of films in the late eighties to mid-nineties, and hating phonies. Plus, an extraordinarily in-depth Hollywood History of the mythical and elusive Fletch reboot.

And, as always... I gotta take off work today, I got the bone cancer.

Milestones and Ephemera

  • Ben on Fletch Lives: "Oh, it's... awful." On Cops and Robbersons: "Love that one!"
  • Best-suited to star in a Fletch reboot: Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Sudeikis, Ben Hosley
  • David's Choice: could be Clear and Present Danger, a VHS special
  • Griffin's Choice: could be Harlan Williams' Rocket Man (aww, a bonding thing with his mom and family)
  • Being in a bad place: Drinking 48 cans of Tecate alone, 5 days without leaving the apartment, watching Fletch for the first time on the TV. Grim.
  • Ben's Dad's comedy recommendations: Where's Poppa, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • The Untouchables billing order and credits: insane. INSANE.
  • Griffin and David on prospective future miniseries: "Someday we'll do Peter Weir." "We should do Danny DeVito sometime." "I really wanna do Martin Brest."
  • Ben's Obselete Technology corner: card catalogs, MS-DOS computer terminals, microfiche


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