A moronic but lovable freelance journalist is framed for murder while investigating a massive art theft and an Italian count's kidnapping.
Confess, Fletch (2022)
Directed by Greg Mottola
Written by Greg Mottola and Zev Borow
Starring Jon Hamm, Roy Wood Jr., Ayden Mayeri, Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, John Slattery
Reboot of 1985's Fletch
Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald
Confess, Fletch was in theaters for less than a week, and it made virtually nothing. It couldn't compete with bigger films and the trailer was fairly underwhelming. Plus, Fletch hasn't been a big property since the mid-80s, so expectations were low. Now that it's available to stream on Showtime, I thought I'd see it for myself. What a shame that this wasn't more successful. It's one of the funniest films of the year and an engaging murder mystery as well. Jon Hamm seems like he was born to play Fletch, everyone's least favorite former journalist with a heart of gold and a brain of pudding.
Irwin Maurice "Fletch" Fletcher (Hamm) is staying at a rental house while in Boston to investigate the theft of his rich Italian countess girlfriend's art collection. He finds a dead woman in the house, and is immediately the prime suspect. Fletch's interactions with the lead detectives, Monroe (Wood Jr.) and Griz (Mayeri) are the funniest bits of the movie. They are convinced he's guilty, but Fletch simply disagrees. In fact, he thinks he's helping them solve the case.
Confess, Fletch is an overlooked gem in a fairly underwhelming year of film. It rejuvenates a popular 80s comedy franchise for a new generation, finally gives Jon Hamm a chance to stretch his comedic chops in a lead role, and is just plain funny. Not enough comedies are just funny anymore, believe it or not. Here's hoping we get a follow-up.