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Charlie's Angels (2000)
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Review Date: August 30, 2000
Director: McG
Writer: Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, John August
Producers: D. Barrymore, L. Goldberg, N. Juvonen
Actors:
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu
Bill Murray
Plot:
Oh, it's that same ol' story. Three smart, tough, sexy women prone to kickin' ass and solving McGyver-type problems are given yet another dangerous assignment from their boss, a multimillionaire gentleman whom they've never met, and proceed to solve problems, kick ass and juggle bad guys through umpteenth costume changes. Fun is had by all.
Critique:
A friggin' blast! This movie is a campy, kitshy, funny, action-packed, bubblegum romp in the sand with three beautiful, sexy, smart women all playing like they know they're in on one of the funnest movies of the year! Kick arse soundtrack. Ultra-slick directing. Fun cameos. Cool dance sequences. Awesome stunts. A cutesy story that doesn't amount to anything more than a cartoon playing out like a comic book, but you know it's all good because you're sittin' in your seat, chewing on that popcorn, letting that butter drip down the side of your mouth and into the pile of cheese topping off your nachos, and the film just gives you more cheese and more fun and more kickin' arse, and you eventually realize that the film is just a heapin' helping of movie fun and if you ain't on their side, then you ain't in on one of the funkiest rides of the year. Slap Crispen Glover in there as the ultra-sleek bad guy smokin' like a bad guy should. Sam Rockwell, confirming his abilities as a solid quirky character actor, and even Matt LeBlanc, walking around with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek and getting jiggy with everything that boogies in this movie, and God knows...it all boogies! Phew.

But honestly, folks, if you're looking for a quick, easy, fun ride for the evening...something to take your mind of that darn boss back at the workplace, or that better half of yours who just keeps nagging you about this and that, grind your gears into neutral, sit back, relax and have yourself a nice, cool tall one on the Angels and McG. It's been a while since I've seen a movie have so much fun with itself, but this one is ripe for the season. It takes girl power, tosses in some Jimmy Bond, a little Mission Impossible spy mumbo-jumbo, three hot babes kickin' Matrix-type arse, a rockin' soundtrack, cool cars, a cold-cocking start, some fun credit outtakes, inside jokes left and right, and makes it all feel sooooo good. And the girls honestly seem to be having a great time here. Lucy Liu, rock solid as the most well-rounded angel of them all, smart as a whip, sexy as a vamp and tough as nails. Diaz, cute as a button, reminding everyone why we all fell in love with her in THE MASK, and Drew Barrymore, one girl who should be doubly commended for taking part in the production side of this fluffy gem as well. One small disappointment was the lack of Bill Murray's classic scene stealing moments, but surely something to look forward to in CA2. I've probably over-sold this movie by now, but to be honest, I had a great time. I guess it's just been a while since I've seen something that offered such unadulterated enjoyment...and cleavage :)

But if you expect to take this movie seriously, stop right now and don't bother seeing it. This film is not made for you. It's made for people who are looking for a punch-across-the-face kinda time, mixed in with a quick Tequila pick-me-up and a nice, thick, gooey wad o' cheese. If you're that person, stand in line right now, ask for one ticket for the Angels, and prepare yourself to be taken through the fun side of the world of make believe. The Angels...they are deliverin'!
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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