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Interview: Greg Mottola on Being the One to Get ‘Confess, Fletch’ Across the Finish Line

Greg Mottola is an expert at comedy filmmaking. Just look at Adventureland (which he also wrote) and Superbad, not to mention his debut The Daytrippers, for evidence of just how reliable a director he is. In finally getting a new Fletch film off the ground, he perhaps faced his biggest challenge yet. So, it’s utterly delightful to see not just that Confess, Fletch happened, but that it’s good. From Mottola’s sensibilities to the casting of Jon Hamm in the title role, he made almost all of the right decisions. So, a few days ago, right as the movie was about to be hitting theaters, Mottola hopped on Zoom with me to talk about this very funny flick. Today, you can see our conversation!

In my review of Confess, Fletch (found here), I had this to say:

Director/co-writer Greg Mottola (penning the script with Zev Borow) leans in to the smart-ass tendencies of the character. Mottola focuses less on the visuals of the film, which are fine yet unspectacular, instead opting to make the screenplay he wrote with Borow as witty as possible. In turn, it allows Hamm to shine even brighter.

Below, you can see my chat with Mottola. We chat mostly about his Fletch film, obviously, but I also made sure to mention Adventureland and Superbad, two phenomenal comedies. It’s lovely to hear from such a sure comedy hand, and Mottola certainly knows what he’s doing. He managed to get this movie over the finish line, and that’s something to behold as well. Confess, Fletch is in theaters right now and is well worth checking out…

Here now is my interview with Confess, Fletch filmmaker Greg Mottola. Enjoy:

Confess, Fletch is in theaters now!


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