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November 15, 2019

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) --- “The Angels Are Back Full Throttle.”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     When two titanium rings containing the encrypted identities of every person in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program, FBI witnesses start turning up dead. Now it’s up to the Angels' (Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz) and their trusty colleague Jimmy Bosley (Bernie Mac) to use their expertise to find the rings and stop the perpetrator before it’s too late.
     Director McG (Rim of the World) and writer John August (Aladdin, XxX 4) return along with writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure ) to helm Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the sequel to the action-comedy film of 2000. The action and stunts are exciting and over the top but that’s what makes this film so good. The story is great and this time it offers more of a backstory on the three Angels, specifically putting more emphasis on Dylan’s past. The humor has gone to a whole new level, throwing in all kinds of sexual innuendos and inside jokes from the first film. This is not the best film ever made but it is fun and entertaining to watch no matter what.
     The cast performances were great. Cameron Diaz (Annie), Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet), and Lucy Liu (Why Women Kill) have improved on their respective performances since we last saw them. Bernie Mac (Old Dogs) takes over the role of Bosely from Bill Murray and the filmmakers do take the time to explain that the two Bosely’s are brothers, albeit adoptive, but they don’t ever fully explain the reason behind this change. The ever-classic John Cleese as Alex's father may have been a little more subdued than Bernie, but he still delivered a memorable performance. It was great to see Matt LeBlanc (Friends, Man with a Plan) and Luke Wilson (The Goldenfinch) return for this film, and it was interesting to see Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) portray the cliche Irish Mobster. Demi Moore (Empire) was stunning and deserves all the attention as former Angel, Madison Lee, while a young Shia LaBeouf (Peanut Butter Falcon) was a cute scene-stealer as Maxwell Petroni, an orphaned teenager targeted by the mob after his testimony. The rest of the supporting cast - John Forsythe (Scrooged), Crispin Glover (American Gods), and Robert Patrick (Scorpion) - also gave good performances.

     Overall, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) is a fun and entertaining action-comedy that is not just for girls-night. The action is even more impressive and slightly cheesy, the story is packed full of humor, and the cast performances are great. If you're looking for a silly and mindlessly fun action-comedy then I highly recommend that you check this one out and I look forward to seeing the latest addition to the series soon.

Final Vote --- 7.2 of 10 stars

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