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From there, “Confess” wants to lean heavily on a detective story. There are several suspects, stolen art, people brandishing guns, and, of course, police detectives a stone’s throw away from solving the plot. But the murder mystery is ordinary at best and lazy at worst, so it quickly becomes a question of whether the driver of this particular car is worth the risk.

One option that confuses Hamm is that in the 80s, Fletch felt like something like an American James Bond – a sassy jerk who will put you to bed and sleep with your wife while doing it. He has also always been the smartest person in the room; his absurd names and disguise may have been good for laughs, but they also underscored the notion that this guy was one step ahead of the pack. Hamm’s Fletch is more like a jerk who often ends up behind the eight.

By my watch, the first sincere laugh lasted 39 minutes. Fletch visits a pompous decorator who misuses the word “bespoke” and, pretending to be a reporter, replies, “Thanks, I think I have a quote.” It’s not “Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a buffalo,” but it’s decent.

From time to time there is a phrase similar to what Fletch would say from 1985: a police officer asks him how long he has been drinking, and he answers: “Oh my God, I drank beer for the first time when I was 12,” someone suggests. then. food he doesn’t want and he replies, “Oh no, I ate yesterday” – but even when Hamm nails one, it’s hard not to think Chase would have done it better.

The “Confess” soundtrack is now soft jazz instead of upbeat 80’s synth, it’s distinctly missing voice-over, and although some quirky character beats are added – now he likes to take off his shoes in public places? “Hamm never makes Fletch his own. There’s something sweet (though off topic) between Hamm and his old Mad Men co-star John Slattery (plays Frank, the perpetually offended editor), which is similar to Don Draper and Roger Sterling meeting over drinks in 2022. They complain about millennials and the #MeToo climate, Fletch half-jokingly threatening to blackmail his former boss in an old indiscretion. in the storeroom. “It was a two-way desecration,” Fletch said.

The rest of the supporting cast is solid, though not impressive. Marcia Gay Harden is a sweetheart with a strong accent that makes her call the main character “Flesh”, Kyle MacLachlan is always a welcome guest, Annie Mumolo is a funny, flippant neighbor, and Aiden Mayeri especially shines as a rookie detective with a knack for verbal barbs to Fletch.

Unlike Ted Nugent and J. Gordon Liddy, this Fletch goes by names like Frank Jaffe, Ralph Locke, and “Mike Wahlberg,” which is at least as smart as a Boston cry. Otherwise, this is another film set in a specific city that (apart from the occasional mention of Wooster) makes little to no effort to cover its surroundings convincingly.

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