Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) – movie review

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Bernie Mac
Director: McG

Once upon a time there was a TV show which was very popular and then ended. Years later they made a movie with big name stars and a director named McG who knows his stuff when it comes to creating great action sequences with a full on in-your-face soundtrack. This movie was so successful they’ve made a sequel and not wanting to upset Charlie it’s got the same stars and the same director with lots of new action sequences all edited back to back and once again with a full-on nice and loud kickin’ soundtrack.

The simple little plot won’t tax any of the Angel’s adoring public’s brains and if it does it’s quite alright to sit there stuffing your face with popcorn and wear a permanent grin as the pure and wholesome Angels kick the bad guys’ arses and wiggle their pretty little butts. Unfortunately Bosley (Bill Murray) couldn’t be in the film so he sent his cousin Bosley (Bernie Mac) instead. He tries very hard to help his three lovely Angels and their nice boss Charlie and doesn’t do too badly but isn’t very funny.

Charlie, who’s very shy so hides all through the film, is very surprised to find out that one of his previous Angels Madison (Demi Moore), who must have been working for him between the TV series and the first movie, has turned out to be very naughty indeed and at one point one of his original Angel’s Kelly (Jaclyn Smith) even pops up to give one of the current Angel’s some friendly advice.

Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Alex (Lucy Liu) and Dylan (Drew Barrymore) are now so brave and strong that they are almost like superheroes and are able to dodge bullets just like in THE MATRIX and they can fall over without ever getting hurt. Dylan even has an ex-boyfriend who’s just like a nasty supervillain and Alex’s daddy (John Cleese) thinks quite wrongly of course, that the Angels are losing their clothes a lot because Alex’s silly boyfriend Jason (Matt LeBlanc) doesn’t explain things very well. He’s an actor by the way just like his ‘Friends’. Natalie even gets to go to her boyfriend’s (Luke Wilson) high school reunion at Rydell High School but there was a bit of ‘grease’ there once. Even Big Boy one of the director’s friends from his very good TV show FASTLANE pops up in one scene along with lots of FASTLANE style filming in some of the action scenes.

So why not have a very good time and go and watch CHARLIE’S ANGELS 2: FULL THROTTLE. You can leave your brain at home for a nice rest and you don’t need your CDs because there is some very good music. You’ll have lots of fun.

4 out of 6 stars