June 2003
Charlie's Angels : Full Throttle

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Director: Joseph 'McG' McGinty Nichol
Producers: Loenard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, & Nancy Juvonen
Screenwriters: John August, Cormac Wibberley, & Marianne Wibberley
Music: Edward Shearmur
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, John Cleese, Crispin Glover, Justin Theroux, Robert Patrick, & Shia LaBeouf
Running Time: 105 min


Throughout this whole summer, there have been countless films that fumbled with its plotlines as CGI and more action scenes took over the film. Nevertheless, some films have done quite well with the fans ignoring the plot and simply enjoying what they see on screen. If this is the case, the latest sequel to come out should be a blockbuster. A few years ago, “Charlie’s Angels” came out as a female counterpart to “Austin Powers” and made over $250 million dollars worldwide. Unlike the dramatic TV series that the film was based on, “Charlie’s Angels” proved to be a fun, action, and adventurous film that featured three lovely ladies who possessed some funny bones within their acting skills. With a boatload of money made from the first film, the sequel was inevitable. “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” is filled with a mindless plot, Matrix-like stunts and enough girl power that improves on the first film. It’s the one film this summer you know not to take serious because the girls just wanna have fun.

The film starts with Dylan (Barrymore), Alex (Liu), and Natalie (Diaz) on their latest mission as they try to rescue a man (Patrick) who holds one of two rings that contains the names of all those in the Witness Protection Program. While both rings are stolen and placed in the wrong hands, each Angel has a personal issue they must contend with. Natalie finally moves in with her boyfriend Pete and thinks he may ask her to marry him so soon. Alex’s rich father (Cleese) surprises her with his arrival and meets Jason, her boyfriend whose relationship is currently on “time-out”; and Dylan fears the end of the trio as Angels as well as the return of a past boyfriend. Meanwhile, an old Angel, Madison Lee (Moore), resurfaces with a hidden agenda and Charlie (the never-seen, but always reliable John Forsythe) introduces the Angels to Bosley’s brother Jimmy (Mac). Trouble looms when everyone's personal issues is mix in with the latest mission and once again, the Angels’ lives are in danger.

The beauty of the film is off course the comedy. There are so many plot holes that it doesn’t make a difference. None of the scenes are structured coherently. In one scene, the Angels are in Asia rescuing a guy, and in the nest scene, they are on a stakeout on a beach in California. Director McG has imputed the film with enough fight scenes to match any other action film this summer, and more scenes with different outfits that’s equivalent to the number of shoes that Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex in the City” has. Once again, Diaz is the comedic ace of the trio. Any girl who can dance, fight, and hold her own against any man without any fear is strictly irresistible. Barrymore, who also co-produced the film, is somewhat resigned from her last performance in the role, but still possesses the tough as nails wits to combat any man, and Liu is utterly charming, but has little to do but be the third angel like Kate Jackson’s Sabrina in the original series. Replacing the comic genius Bill Murray seems like a difficult task, but Bernie Mac stepped in his shoes with ease. Bosley was never meant to a big role, and Mac added his persona to the role to make you laugh and make you aware that he was in the film. In a comeback performance, Demi definitely makes an entrance. Not only is she physically in shape to match her counterparts, but she still possesses the ice-cold attitude that made her a bankable star over a decade ago. Rounding out the cast and making the film totally funny and enjoyable are veteran comedian Cleese and “Friends” star LeBlanc. A number of cameos by some big names are also jaw-dropping. The soundtrack is “off the hook”. It’s filled with 80s classics such as “Mickey”, “Living On a Prayer” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling”. You know that you’re in a another time zone when you hear these hits. As mentioned, it’s not the plot that matters when seeing the film. “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” is all about action, and distraction, and having fun.