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Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4
Their mission? To have fun and entertain you. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore
and Lucy Liu are covert investigators working for Bosley, played by Bill
Murray. They're assigned to foil an elaborate murder-revenge scheme that
could destroy individual privacy worldwide. A technology mogul (Sam
Rockwell) has been kidnapped, along with his voice-recognition software.
The prime suspect (Tim Curry) owns the world's largest telecommunications
satellite network. So much for plot. The fun is in the goofy action
adventure as the sexy trio jumps out of planes, masters high-tech gadgetry,
kicks, punches, and cavorts, while donning various disguises, under the
direction of McG, whose previous experience was in fast-paced music
videos/commercials - and it shows. In this riff on the old action/comedy
TV series, writers Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon and John August put the emphasis
on bright, bouncy, clever and, most of all, empowered contemporary women,
not on weaponry. Actually, only the evil guys, like Crispin Glover, use
guns. Credit Chinese martial arts master Cheung-Yan Yuen ("The Matrix")
for training the Angels. It's great when Drew takes out thugs while tied
to a chair with her hands bound and when Cameron chats on a cellphone
while battling baddies! Tom Green adds little as "The Chad," but he's
Drew's real-life fiance, as well as her on-screen beau, and she not only
stars but produces. Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc play the other Angels'
dumb boy-friends, and John Forsythe still voices Charlie. Too bad there's
so little of Bill Murray, that the plot's so convoluted, and that many
of the hokey '70s jokes fall flat on the youthful audience. On the Granger
Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Charlie's Angels" is a sleek, sassy, sexy 7.
It's packed chock full of jiggles and giggles as the babes kick butt.
Copyright © 2000 Susan Granger
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