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November 14, 2019

Charlie's Angels (2000) --- “With These Angels Around, You Can Count On All Hell Breaking Loose!”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     Angles Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Drew Barrymore), and Alex (Lucy Liu) are an elite trio of crime-fighting private investigators with a mysterious millionaire boss named Charlie (John Forsythe) and a loyal sidekick named Bosley (Bill Murray). When a future billionaire (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the Angles must use their beauty, brains, and state-of-the-art skills to track him down and keep his top-secret voice-identification software out of lethal hands. But when a terrible secret is revealed it makes the Angles the targets for assassination. 
     Directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Rim of the World) and written by Ryan Rowe (Secret of the Wings), Ed Solomon (Now You See Me series), and John August (Aladdin, XxX 4), Charlie’s Angels (2000) is an entertaining film that mixes comedy, high-octane action sequences, and beautiful lead actresses together to create a spy-film that is entirely its own. Based on the popular 70’s TV show of the same name, by Ivan Goff and  Ben Roberts, Charlie’s Angels was the Baywatch of its day, but unlike the vulgar and mindless comedy that was Baywatch (2017), this film manages to hit all the points and still keep it PG-13. The storyline is very tongue-in-cheek with its typical British bad guy and the action sequences are cleverly staged to play off the film’s comedic nature.
     The cast performances were great. Cameron Diaz (Annie) was cute, Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) was edgy, and Lucy Liu (Why Women Kill) was on-point as the three Angels. I can’t think of anyone else who could have done the roles better than these three women. Bill Murray (Zombieland 2) was great as John Bosley, the Angels’ point of contact to Charlie, Sam Rockwell (The Best of Enemies) was good as Eric Knox, and John Forsythe (Scrooged) perfect as the voice of Charles "Charlie" Townsend. Tom Green (Bob the Butler) only had a couple of scenes with limited screen time but he still managed to deliver a funny performance as Dylan’s boat friend Chad, and Crispin Glover (American Gods) is delightfully creepy as the Thin Man. The rest of the supporting cast - Tim Curry (Clue), Kelly Lynch (Mr. Mercedes), Matt LeBlanc (Friends, Man with a Plan), LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Luke Wilson (The Goldenfinch) - were also great in their respective performances

    Overall, Charlie’s Angels (2000) is an amazing action-comedy filled with incredible stunts, great special effects, memorable dialogue, spot-on humor, and a fantastic cast. I highly recommend this film and it’s sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and I cannot wait to see this year’s reboot film Charlie’s Angels (2019). 

Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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