Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle

August 1st, 2003 Film, Film Reviews, Filmink

Director: McG

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore, John Forsythe

Distributor: Columbia Tristar

Worth: $7.00

Smutty double entendres? Big celebrity cameos (including a member of the original TV cast)? Ridiculous stunts and unbelievable fight scenes? Constant movie referencing and in-jokes? A paper-thin and occasionally unintelligible plot you could write on a business card? Check.

Why, it must be a big screen cash in of an old TV show. Thankfully (or regrettably depending on your taste), Charlie Angels: Full Throttle unleashes an orgy of it over the next two hours.

The gags, action and pace are so over the top that it sometimes seems like you’re watching a cartoon. Logic is thrown out the window and the ‘plot’ is just a reason to lurch from one action sequence to the next (many of them so wildly unreal they’re mostly CG — sometimes bad CG).

But it’s as hard to resist Charlie’s Angels as Drew Barrymore’s impish grin, even though you know there’s not a shred of intellectual value in it.

Characters and storylines drift in and out with no rhyme or reason while the girls kick, ride, fall, or explode their way through a case involving stolen rings containing data from the witness protection program, coming up against a Demi Moore as a former angel turned bad girl.

It’s too slick, too cartoony, too loud, too brainless, too simplistic and too pretty. As healthy as the popcorn in your lap and delivered like you’ve injected all the butter and salt straight into your bloodstream for an instant hit.


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