Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle

4 out of 5 stars

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sw The angels are back with a bigger, louder, sillier new film that's just as much fun as the first one. The story is so convoluted it makes your head spin.

Bad guys are after two rings that contain the entire Witness Relocation Programme, so the angels (Diaz, Barrymore, Liu) and their minder Bosley (Mac) go undercover to get them back. This involves such adventures as a Mongolian rescue, a day of surfing, an off-road motorbike race and a Hollywood movie premiere. All while battling an angry former angel (Moore), a mysterious thin man (Glover) and a nasty Irish gangster (Theroux). Oh, and juggling their personal lives.

If you enjoyed the first film, you know you have to see this. It's jammed with hysterically funny bits -- subtle plays on the original 1970s TV series, inspired comedy, rude innuendo and outrageous goofiness. Diaz, Barrymore and Liu have taken the roles to heart; they make us laugh with every ridiculous disguise, gleeful wiggle and knowing line of dialog. Diaz is the star this time, with those gob-smacking guises and incredibly happy feet. And Moore makes a terrific nemesis -- sexy, nasty, energetic. Mac struggles a bit as Bosley, admittedly a thankless role in which he's only given weak shtick but still generates chemistry with our heroic trio. And McG directs with the same inspired flair, never letting up for a moment and brilliantly layering the comedy with satire, pastiche and childishness.

It's perfectly structured to keep us laughing in every scene, with regular forays into over-the-top action so intense that it's simply bliss to watch. The effects are ropey and far-fetched; there's no attempt to make anything realistic, so think of it as a cartoon! And star-spotters will have a field day keeping track of the witty cameos and bizarre supporting roles. OK, this is a love it or hate it movie, but if you thought the first one was divine, this more than lives up to expectations, which is something you can't often say. And while I wait for a third film (please, girls!), I'll be placing an advance order for this one on DVD.

cert 12 themes, language, violence, innuendo 24.Jun.03

dir McG
scr John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore, John Cleese, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, Crispin Glover, Robert Patrick, Robert Forster, Justin Theroux, Shia LeBeouf, Bruce Willis, Carrie Fisher, Pink, Jaclyn Smith
release US 27.Jun.03; UK 4.Jul.03
03/US 1h51

They work for Charlie: Barrymore, Diaz and Liu stop for Hammer time...

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See also:
Charlie's Angels (2000) Charlie's Angels (2019)

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send your review to Shadows... sw Laurie T, Minneapolis: While I was not that impressed with the first one (it was sorta fun, had some silly moments, but I did not like it that much), I wanted to see this one to see what all the fuss was about. There has been a big deal made about Demi Moore being in this movie, playing a Fallen Angel - how the role was written for her, etc. That being said, I liked this movie. It was fun, made us laugh, had a whole lot of cameos, including a visit from one of the real original angels (too bad it was not Farrah), a lot of Hollywood trivia. I laughed when I saw the CSI outfits! I also even think there was a plot - but it is a bit lost in all the action and different outfits worn by the angels. This movie is a lot of fun, it is silly and does not try to be anything more than what it is. I am sure there will be a Charlie's Angels 3. (30.Jun.03)
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