Charlie's Angels

Get Some Action

A long time ago in a decade far, far away, there were three little girls with big hair and a friend called Charlie. Well now the three little girls are back, this time with slightly, variously coloured, smaller hair, and ready to fight bad people, all in the name of world peace and happiness.

This time round we have Drew, Cameron and Lucy instead of Farrah, Kate and the other one whose name I can't remember, fighting the forces of evil without misplacing a hair or getting their mascara in a mess. They've also enlisted the help of Bosley in the shape of Bill Murray, and of course the elusive Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe) to whom they sing hello to in perfect unison.

Their mission this time round is to find and rescue the kidnapped computer genius Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell from The Green Mile). Their prime suspect is Knox's rival computer person Roger Corwin (the always superbly OTT Tim Curry), who is desperate to steal some sort of computery type thing from him. But this is an action film and so the plot doesn't really hold much significance over the proceedings. I'm sure there are other things about this film that would interest the majority of you.

And they would be the Angels themselves, kitted out in tight trousers, little T-shirts and high heeled boots but still able to kick the bad guys' collective arses. Drew, Cameron and Lucy hold their own well by doing pretty much all they're supposed to do which is look pretty whilst pretending to do impressive stunts and making clever quips. The star though has to be the magnificent Bill Murray, now becoming known as "the good thing" in so many not so good movies, as Bosley, being ever funny and enjoyable to watch.

The director calls himself McG (!?!?!?!?!) and used to direct music videos so that gives you some indication of the type of intelligence level here, but quite frankly who gives a rat's arse.

Whilst it is perfectly possible to delve into the post-modern feminist subtext of Charlie's Angels, that is really a complete and total waste of time. This film is fun and shouldn't be taken as anything other than fun, or in Jim's opinion it's just like a pantomime. It's got explosions, fight sequences and not too much plot so as to make you actually think. A fine feast of filmic fun.

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Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime


Ben Roberts


Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell, Tim Curry


Ed Shearmur


98 minutes






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