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Charlie's Angels (2000)

Action & Adventure and Comedy movie directed by McG

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My New Favorite Film

  • Dec 5, 2003
Rating:
+5
Pros: funny; great chemistry within the cast; good direction; FABULOUS stunts

Cons: The stupid theatre wasn't THX

The Bottom Line: This is one of my favorite flicks.

Alright, alright... Maybe I'm jumping the gun (no pun intended) when I say that Charlie's Angels is my new favorite film. My favorites still remain A League of Their Own, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Army of Darkness, but Charlie's Angels has found a place with them.

Okay, who doesn't know the story of Charlie's Angels? It's based on that old TV show, which so many men thanked Farrah Fawcett for. And, let us females admit it, a lot of us modeled our hair after Farrah's feathered 'do. Anyway, the story of the movie is this: Three women, Dylan (Drew Barrymore), Alex (Lucy Liu) and Natalie (Cameron Diaz), are private detectives. Their bosses are Bosley (Bill Murray) and the mysterious millionaire Charlie (John Forsythe). They are hired by Knox Technologies to find their kidnapped boss, Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), and retrieve the voice data software that Knox designed. Using their martial arts, wits, technological know-how and, of course, sex appeal, the Angels have to figure out who the bad guy is. Soon, Charlie's life is in danger, and they need to protect the man that they've never met.

I love this movie. Why? Well, first of all, each Angel reminded me of me (Dylan), my sister Julie713 (Natalie) and my best friend Dionne25 (Alex). Their actions and dialogue was so incredibly different, that Dionne and I were laughing out loud because of how much they reminded us of...well...us.

Secondly, on a less personal note, the stunts are spectacular. Yes, there are a lot of echoes of The Matrix, especially with the bullet at the end of the film and the slow down of martial arts, but it works here. the helicopter scenes were fabulous-- props go to Leigh Hennessy and Michiko Nishiwaki, the doubles for Lucy Liu. The opening stunt will surprise the heck out of you-- Especially thanks to a surprise appearance by LL Cool J.

Speaking of surprise appearances, let's address a few more of those. Tim Curry plays Roger Corwin, owner or Red Star technologies and lead suspect in the kidnapping of Knox. Crispin glover (George McFly from Back to the Future) plays the creepy Thin Man. You'll also see Matt LeBlanc, Tom Green, Luke Wilson and Playboy playmate Karen McDougal. The cast is fabulous.

Yes, this movie is cheesy. Yes, it's campy. Yes, it's yet another movie based on a TV show. But, you know what? It's entertaining. I liked it. I want to see it again.

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For every TV-into-movie success likeThe Fugitive, there are dozens of uninspired films likeThe Mod Squad. Happily--and surprisingly--this breezy update of the seminal '70s jiggle show falls into the first category, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced), and Lucy Liu starring as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung fu-fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick,Charlie's Angelsis played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films likeMission: Impossible. McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty ofMatrix-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious asCoyote Ugly,Angelssucceeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits,Charlie's Angelsis a delight.--Doug Thomas
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Director: McG, Joseph McGinty
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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