Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen
Rowe and John August
Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill
out of 5
ANGELS is based on the 1970s TV. This
time the title roles go to Drew Barrymore,
the bad girl, Cameron Diaz, the dumb blonde,
and Lucy Liu, the techno-wiz. The story
is pretty basic. The girls' boss, Bosley
(Murray), informs them that someone —
perhaps rival CEO Corwin (Tim Curry) —
has kidnapped a young software innovator
(Sam Rockwell, doing his best Kevin Bacon
impression). However, all is not as it
seems, like, who is that mysterious thin
smoking man and what is his role?
silly plot isn't the real focus of the
movie. The movie revolves around Charlie's
Angels. Within minutes of opening they
explode onto the screen in elite crime-fighting
mode — and someone's in a swimsuit. This
movie is so silly, so over-the-top that
it's easy to enjoy the host of implausible
situations and zany schemes these women
cook up. The movie is at its best when
the women are on screen, using elaborate
disguises, fictional technology, and their
"assets" to foil agents of evil wherever
I mention the Angels are kung fu masters?
This is due to producer Barrymore's disdain
for firearms, which she describes as cowardly.
While the Angels are no threat to Michelle
Yeoh, who is? Besides, their chopsocky
techniques benefited from many wire effects
and some slick photography.
is a movie based on a TV show and everyone
knows it. Not once does it ask to be taken
seriously. The creators just ask that
you have as much fun as they are. Despite
rumors of on-set tension, everyone was
at least acting like they were having
a blast. The T&A element was easily
negated by the overwhelming girl-power
message. Whatever the task, from hooking
Cameron Diaz up with a cute guy (Luke
Wilson) to fighting crime, like the Powder
Puff Girls, when the Angels work together,
nothing can stop them. CHARLIE'S ANGELS
is a guilty pleasure because it's so silly
and so amusing. We know girls just wanna
have fun, and so do we.
a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
worth a full-price ticket.
worth a matinee ticket.
for video rental.
out the video from the library, if you
I would never encourage anyone to destroy