Paper #4- Movie Analysis
CJAD 301- February 22, 2012
In this film Chevy Chase, aka “Fletch”, is an investigating reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper that loiters around a beach in an attempt to pass as a beach junkie. His intentions are to get to the bottom of a drug trade and attempting to figure out who is behind the whole thing. While working the beaches, Fletch runs into a businessman who asks him to murder him so his wife will inherit the life insurance policy. Fletch, being the investigative reporter he is, senses something fishy is going on and does what he does best. He starts investigating the situation that he has found himself in. Along his way, Fletch commits many illegal acts and crimes in his attempt to get to the bottom of his situation. Although his intentions are good, he gets into a lot of trouble.
At the beginning of the movie, Alan Stanwyck approaches Fletch and asks him to join him for a meeting to offer him a proposition. Stanwyck offers Fletch $1,000 just to come listen to what he has to offer and Fletch agrees. So Fletch and Stanwyck drive to the Stanwyck estate. While there Stanwyck goes on to explain to Fletch that he wants Fletch to murder him in his own house. Stanwyck goes on to say that he is dying from bone cancer and that he doesn’t want to live with the pain any longer. He also says he can’t commit suicide because his company’s life insurance policy would be null and void. Fletch accepts the proposition, agreeing to murder Stanwyck in exchange for $50,000 and a safe way out of the country. In this scene there are a few things that I found showing Fletch committing multiple crimes. Of course at this point the most obvious crime is criminal conspiracy to commit murder. According to Section 5.03 of the Model Penal Code, one is guilty of criminal conspiracy if he/she agrees with another person that one or more...