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Fletch is episode 62 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[]

In this week’s 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, the trio 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 in-depth hollywood history of the mythic Fletch reboot. And after this week’s palette cleanser episode Griffin and David will begin their next mini series with the films of Cameron Crowe! [1]

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 Obsolete Technology corner: card catalogs, MS-DOS computer terminals, microfiche [2]

References[]

  1. Fletch on Audioboom. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. Editor note, August 2021: I'm a librarian and microfilm is very much still in use. Microfiche less so, but they're pretty reliable technologies!
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