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I'm Chevy Chase . . . and You're Not

3.02  ·  Rating Details ·  214 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Chevy Chase is a much-loved Hollywood star. His success as a writer and actor on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s made him a household name, butit had been a long, hard route to the top for Chevy—behind the fame lay a childhood riddled with abuse. But his remarkable strength and determination helped him rise above it and find his talent as an actor, writer, comedian, and m ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Virgin Books (first published March 6th 2007)
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Karla
Jan 19, 2009 Karla rated it it was ok
All the things I learned about Chevy Chase were very interesting, but I haven't read anything so poorly-written that actually got published in a while. The author has no objectivity and consistently fawns over Chase. This is expected in an authorized biography, but it was nauseating. Chase never made a mistake, if he made a bad movie it was always as a "favor", things on set were only bad when Chevy didn't trust his instincts. That might be true, but puh-leeze. The lack of humility (Chase) and ...more
Beverly Zearley
Jul 31, 2014 Beverly Zearley rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning more about Chevy Chase. I didn't realize he had such a sad childhood. I found it hard at times to stay focused in this book, there was a lot of disorganization, not a real good biography for such a funny guy!! But I have a list of movies he was in that I want to see that I haven't!
Travis
Jul 27, 2015 Travis rated it liked it
I love Chevy Chase so this was a must read. Abused as a child describing horrible beatings he received off his mother and step father growing up, then to become one of the greatest comedians in the business. All credit to Chevy, a good read if your a fan. Wasn't a fan of Rena Fruchter writing however.
Pat
Feb 16, 2008 Pat rated it it was amazing
Chase candidly reveals the hell that was his childhood with an abusive mother and ineffective father. His journey is a compelling one, not new by all means, but a study in overcoming tough beginnings to eventual peace of mind.
Patrick Justo
Oct 21, 2016 Patrick Justo rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
according to this book, the people in Hollywood who don't like Chevy Chase just don't understand how intelligent he is. And how he doesn't suffer fools easily. The people who think he's incredibly arrogant, simply don't understand how Superior he truly is to the average human being. The people who make fun of the crappiness of some of his recent movies, don't know that Chevy offered helpful creative suggestions to the director on how they could save the movie, but unfortunately no one listened ...more
Kitt-e-kat
Sep 12, 2011 Kitt-e-kat rated it liked it
I grew up watching Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor. All these comedians have created that one classic movie favorite. Chevy's was National Lampoon's Family Vacation. Chevy started out having an abusive childhood growing up by his mom and father(s). His mother battled mental problems and didn't know how to disciplined her kids properly without being abusive to them. By the trauma Chevy dealt with growing up, I am surprised he didn't grow up getting more involved into drugs and alcohol ...more
Clare Bear
Feb 22, 2008 Clare Bear marked it as to-read
Some funny Fletch quotes:
Gail Stanwyck: What are you doing here?
Fletch: I ordered some lunch.
Gail Stanwyck: You ordered it here?
Fletch: Well, I knew this is where my mouth would be.


Alan Stanwyck: You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
Fletch: I rent 'em. I have a lease with an option to buy.

KKK Leader: Folks ain't home. Cross won't burn. Hell, it ain't like it used to be.

Doorman: Name?
Fletch: Ah...Irwin M Fletcher. Irwin Mahatma Fletcher.
Doorman: Address?
Fletch: 7.


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Frederick
Aug 07, 2007 Frederick rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in stories of survivors
I've only read the first few chapters of this authorized biography, but, inasmuch as it is authorized, this is Chevy Chase's announcement that he was seriously abused as a child. The opening pages are harrowing. It has been said often that comedians have very sad lives, but Chevy Chase must have tremendous reserves of inner strength to have survived the physical and psychological savagery inflicted upon him in his childhood.
A lot of people will ignore this book because they'll think it's just an
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Cassie
Apr 06, 2010 Cassie rated it it was ok
I was surprised that I did not like this biography. The fault was not with Chevy Chase, but with the biographer, Rena Fruchter. The writing was disorganized and repeated itself. I was also expecting more to be said about Chevy Chase's depression and his recovery, but there were only a few sentences written about it. It was also a little out of date, mentioning nothing about his work on Community. I liked the information about Chevy and his experiences, but the writing was a real obstacle in the ...more
Megan
Jul 30, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok
I've really enjoy the movies I've seen with Chevy Chase in them, so was interested to learn more about him. However I was very disappointed with this biography as it seemed very biased. All the praise was over-the-top and nothing was ever said negatively about Chevy. According to this book, every movie he made that hasn't done well are ones he said things should be changed, and since the changes weren't made he knew it wouldn't do well, and the ones that succeeded are mostly because of him. ...more
Scott
Interesting, but ultimately slightly disappointing biography of the funny man most often associated with early Saturday Night Live, the Vacation movies, and Caddyshack. The biographical revelations are truly fascinating, and explain his comedic style. However, the writing style for the book is quite flat and lifeless -- there was no "flow" and at times it merely felt like a litany of facts and figures and less a portrayal of Chevy's life and influences. I'd recommend this to die-hard SNL fans ...more
Kate
Apr 30, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok
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Susan
Mar 18, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
A look at the life of Chevy Chase. Although not written by Chevy Chase himself, he provides a lot of content for the book. Beginning with his childhood this book brings to light a lot of knowledge that is unknown about the actor, how he thinks and processes and what he believes and perceives his career to be.

A deep thinker, with a very political mind and friends from different walks of life give this book a life of its own. You continue to read to find out what is going to happen, even though i
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Melissa
Oct 13, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
I've heard that Chevy Chase could be a real asshole. I read in "Live from New York" about some of his behavior when he was there to host, so I was appalled. They say this was before he went into rehab, whatever. "I'm Chevy Chase and You're Not" was written by a serious fan who doesn't really say anything bad about Chase. She delves into his abusive childhood and skims over bad things he may have done. Better than if Goldman had written it, but not 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the ...more
Jessa Callaver
Jul 26, 2011 Jessa Callaver rated it it was ok
The writing was somewhat unorthodox which isn't in itself a bad thing but made for a somewhat disjointed read. That said, Chevy's story is an interesting one regardless of the structure of Fruchter's presentation. Ultimately, I like the subject matter more than I liked the book and that hasn't changed.
Dave Rockwell
Sep 26, 2008 Dave Rockwell rated it liked it
I loved Chevy in the 1980s. While Chevy participate with this biography it felt cold and distant and avoided the things that most readers would have like for it to engage. It did delve into the demize of a brillant career, but falls short recognizing the stellar heights of the career of a man whose talent faded before it should have.
Courtney
Oct 27, 2014 Courtney rated it it was ok
This book goes out of its way to absolve Chevy Chase of any responsibility for anything that wasn't great in his career and it gets weird. There are also half page (or more) plot summaries of all of his films and television appearances for some reason.
Merrill
Nov 03, 2008 Merrill rated it liked it
I've learned that I fall into the category of "I'll ssee any movie this man appears in because I loved Fletch" but it has been fascinating to learn more about his past. Just a little personal indulgence. I don't recommend it if you've never been to Wally World while they're closed.
Marc
Dec 21, 2012 Marc rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this book because of the author. The book was poorly written, as if I was reading an essay from a high school student. I am a fan of Chevy Chase and enjoy his work, but this book was awful.
Rob
Jul 17, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in a few nights. I really enjoyed it. Insight to his past; childhood, early movies, why he left SNL... Some funny stuff, some sad abusive stuff. I've always loved Chevy Chase, and this book gave me no reason to change my mind.
Ellen
Just couldn't get into a book about a child being thrown into the basement and beaten by his crazy mother and then, the child turned out to be Chevy Chase who is a wounded little boy in an adult's body. Get over it was my first thought.
Chelsea
Nov 05, 2007 Chelsea rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not a soul!
Ugh. What a downer. Let me give you a snyopsis--everything you would get from this book, without the pain. Chevy Chase had a sucko life. It's surprising that he's so funny. The end.
Pam
May 02, 2011 Pam rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning more about Chevy Chase's life but really didn't like the way the author wrote the book. I give it a 3 for the content alone.
Logan
Aug 18, 2008 Logan rated it it was ok
Interesting for die hard Chevy fans (which I'm sure means only me), however it's written so badly it's hard to read a points.
Robyn
Jun 01, 2015 Robyn rated it it was ok
I thought it was written by Chevy but it's not. i got bored with it and stopped about half way through.
Linda Rue Quinn
Mar 25, 2013 Linda Rue Quinn rated it it was ok
I didn't really want to read pages of scripts or what other people think Chase ought to do next. It was a bit boring after the first half.
Scott
Jul 12, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it
I read it cover to cover in one sitting, which I never do. Sure, I had to give it to Brad the next day as a birthday present but...I really liked it.
Leah
Jul 23, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
An interesting look at an interesting character. If you weren't a fan before, you may be after reading this book.
Daniel Currie
Jan 13, 2010 Daniel Currie rated it it was ok
As was previously stated, a fawning, "it's not Chevy's fault", "everyone is jealous of Chevy" bio. Very poorly written as well. Skip this book.
Margaret
Aug 14, 2008 Margaret rated it did not like it
Thought it would be interesting. The author did an awful job, every chapter was very redundant she could have done him more justice.
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