A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Like the original '70s television show, the movie addresses sexism and how most men don't seem to believe that the Angels can be just as effective, if not more so, as private investigators as any man.
Positive Role Models
Strong female characters, though they get a bit giddy around boyfriends.
Violence & Scariness
Characters punch, kick, fight with swords. Character killed by a man with a sword. Reckless driving, resulting in a crash. Bad guys use a machine gun to shoot up a trailer. Explosions. Gunshots.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo. One of the Angels tells a mailman that he has permission to "stick things in my slot." Character named Chad makes reference to "little Chad." Character wakes up after a one-night stand, has sex with another man. One of the Angels flirts in an overt sexual manner as a way to distract a chauffeur -- licks the steering wheel, wears a low-cut blouse nearly exposing her breasts. Two boys play video games while talking about whether or not they have ever seen "boobies" when one of the Angels appears unclothed (no nudity).
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Occasional mild profanity. "Ass," "bastard, "bitch," damn." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Villain spikes glass of wine with drugs. Lead characters shown drunk while drinking cocktails on the beach. Sake shot drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Charlie's Angels is the 2000 reboot of the popular 1970s television show. In reference to the original show, there's some humor rooted in sexual innuendo. One of the Angels behaves in a sexual manner in order to distract a chauffeur -- she licks the steering wheel and wears a low-cut blouse nearly exposing her breasts. Character wakes up after a one-night stand, has sex with another man. Action movie violence -- characters engage in martial arts-style kicking and punching, sword fighting, and reckless driving resulting in accidents. Bad guys shoot up a trailer with machine guns. Occasional mild profanity: "ass," "bastard, "bitch," damn." Middle finger gesture. Some drinking, including a scene where the Angels and Bosley are drunk while drinking cocktails on the beach. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This reboot manages to fulfill the middle-school-age fantasies of both boys and girls and to make it clear that it doesn't take itself too seriously; the result is a lot of silly popcorn fun. Charlie's Angels is the kind of movie in which the action sequences may be sped up, but the heroines' hair is always in slow motion, a sort of Josie and the Pussycats crossed with Mission: Impossible. The Angels go undercover as belly dancers, a race car pit crew, corporate consultants, and lederhosen-clad messengers. It also involves placing the Angels in jeopardy every 17 minutes or so. But these Angels don't use guns. They take on bad guys with their wits and their feet.
The Angels have so much fun that it's impossible not to enjoy them. The fight scenes were staged by the same person who did The Matrix, and the Angels get a huge charge out of their suspended-air kicks and chops. A soundtrack of cheesy 1970s music ("Brandy," "You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'," "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel") and sly digs like an airline passenger disgusted by the prospect of watching T.J. Hooker: The Movie keep things lighthearted. The Angels are all terrific, especially Diaz, whose pure pleasure in doing horrible retro disco dances lights up an entire room. Bill Murray has some good moments as their sidekick, Bosley.
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