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Confess, Fletch | 2022 | R | – 6.4.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Confess, Fletch” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language, some sexual content and drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of sex scenes with partial nudity, a couple of attempted seductions, a couple of shootings leading to death and injury with some blood shown, a murder by head trauma, a few fight scenes with some bruises shown, discussions of art theft and kidnapping, and over 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Comedic mystery reintroducing the wise-cracking investigative reporter first portrayed by Chevy Chase in 1983: Fletch (Jon Hamm) becomes the prime suspect in a murder case while searching for an art collection stolen from the father of his Italian girlfriend (Lorenza Izzo), and to prove his innocence he has to figure out who did it and why. Also with Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, John Slattery, Ayden Mayeri, Anna Osceola, Annie Mumolo, Roy Wood Jr., Eugene Mirman and Kenneth Kimmins. Directed by Greg Mottola. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:39]

Confess, Fletch SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A woman thrusts on top of a man in bed and moans (we see her bare breasts and back) and later we see the man’s bare chest and abdomen when thy lie in bed together and kiss. A man and a woman are shown in bed and the woman thrusts (we hear moaning).
 A man climbs into a bed where a woman is covered with a comforter; she uncovers herself and they talk about whether or not they will have sex; he is not interested and the woman in the bed tries to convince him otherwise. A man and a woman kiss in a car while he drives.
 A woman tries to seduce a man in a couple of scenes. A woman tells a man that another man was her lover (he was also her college professor). A man on the telephone asks a woman, “What are you not wearing?” (we don’t see anything). People talk about pig’s extended orgasms in a couple of scenes.
 A man gets out of a shower when a woman comes into the bathroom (he wraps himself with a towel and we see his bare chest and abdomen). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her partial bare back. A woman wears a cropped top that reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen. A woman wears a camisole and petti pants (we see cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs). A woman wears a half-slip in a couple of scenes (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs to the mid-thighs). A man’s shirt is open and we see his partial bare chest.

Confess, Fletch VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A man finds a dead woman on the floor in a house and we see blood pooled on the carpet under her head.
 A man shoots another man in the chest and he falls off-screen (a spurt of blood is seen). A man is shot in the back and falls forward. A man is struck in the head and we see some blood on his forehead. A man holds a gun on a man and a woman and they argue.
 A man hears noises in a house, he finds a man rooting through a drawer, chases him down a flight of stairs and the chased man kicks and punches the other man before getting away. A man handcuffs another man and pushes him against a police car; we see him in a police station later. A man punches another man in the face and runs away. A woman cuts her hand badly with a sharp knife and we see blood.
 A man at a harbor sets off fireworks and one strikes a yacht setting off alarms; the man boards the vessel, takes some items and rows away in a small boat. A woman cooks and her scarf catches fire when she moves close to the gas stove; a man puts out the flames by patting her on the back and we see some smoke. A woman lights a stove and puts a pan on it that catches fire; the smoke alarm rings and she hits it with a broom handle to break it. A woman opens a cabinet and many pots and pans crash out and onto the floor.
 A man gags when a woman throws a piece of meat away after getting her own blood on it (he does not vomit). A man dumps a glass of champagne in a shrub at a party and makes an unpleasant face. A woman spills a milkshake on her top and yells. A dog urinates on a carpet. A dog urinates on the floor (we see a puddle) and a woman throws a dishtowel near the puddle. A man tells a driver to stop the car in a tunnel, asks the driver, “Do you have something I can vomit in?” and the driver slams on the brakes so the man can get out; he does and waves at another car following him as he walks in the opposite direction. A man reaches to shake another man’s hand, who says, “I don’t shake hands.”
 A man says, “I’d kill for a macchiato.” A woman tells a man, “I will murder you.” People discuss black market art dealing. A man threatens another man with legal action over the non-payment of alimony. A man threatens to tell another man’s wife about his having “defiled” a subordinate in the copy room. A woman says that her husband is dead. A man says that another man is dead and says that he swam into a boat propeller; he says that he was pureed. We are told that a woman was stabbed multiple times with an ice pick. A woman describes imagining that her husband has been buried alive with cats (he’s allergic). A man says that a woman dumped him. A woman says that a man “died on the toilet.”

Confess, Fletch LANGUAGE 8

 – About 34 F-words (2 in Italian without translation), 4 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (opulent, naughty, Mr. Boston Strangler, ugly, relentless, amateur sleuthing, crazy, idiot, irresponsible, pothead neighbor, germaphobe, weirdos, shady, stoner, detestable, sketchy, bro, White man nonsense, cold-hearted snake, stupid, moron, paranoid), exclamations (shut-up, jeez, what are you playing at bro, no way, wow, oh come on, oh no, oops, oh goodness), 2 religious profanities (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, good Lord, oh God, God bless her, a woman genuflects a couple of times, in Italian without translation). | profanity glossary |

Confess, Fletch SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman smokes a marijuana cigarette and offers it to a man, a woman tells a man that he is going to rehab, and we hear that a man is addicted to OxyContin and that he broke into a house to get some that he had hidden there. A man drinks from a glass (presumably liquor), a man and a woman drink cocktails at a café, people drink champagne at a party, a man drinks a whiskey, and people have drinks before dinner.

Confess, Fletch DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Art dealing, art theft, murder, germaphobia, divorce, white privilege, kidnapping, racism.

Confess, Fletch MESSAGE

 – Unorthodox techniques may yield the truth.

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