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Charlie's Angels
ID:
2000
Comments:
Director: McG
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 99
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Mar 2001 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$9.95]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  For every TV-into-movie success like "The Fugitive", there are dozens of uninspired films like "The Mod Squad". Happily--and surprisingly--this breezy update of the seminal '70s jiggle show falls into the first category, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced), and Lucy Liu starring as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung fu-fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick, "Charlie's Angels" is played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films like "Mission: Impossible". McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty of "Matrix"-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious as "Coyote Ugly", "Angels" succeeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits, "Charlie's Angels" is a delight. "--Doug Thomas"


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