Charlie's Angels

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Edgy girl power fun. You go, girls!
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive role models

Strong female characters (though they get a bit giddy around boyfriends).

Violence

Lots of peril and action-style fighting (no blood); the angels do not use guns.

Sex

Innuendo, character wakes up after a one-night stand, has sex with another man.

Language

Brief bad language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking, brief comic inebriation.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in addition to a lot of "action-style" violence (very little blood), the movie has drinking, smoking, and some profanity and innuendo. One of the angels is shown waking up after a one-night-stand, clearly intending never to see the guy again. She later has a sexual encounter that turns out to have been a mistake.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

CHARLIE'S ANGELS are three female detectives who solve cases brought to them by the mysterious Charlie, who communicates with them only by speakerphone. The Angels are fabulously gorgeous women who are as brilliant as they are beautiful, and who can kick-box five guys at a time: Dylan (co-producer Drew Barrymore), Alex (Lucy Liu), and Natalie (Cameron Diaz). They are so technologically adept that they can tug a few wires and make a fast food drive-through speaker sound like an MP3 track. They'll stop in the middle of tracking a suspect to give each other flirting pointers -- and stop in the middle of a life-or-death kickboxing fight to take a phone call from a boyfriend. Charlie's latest client is a software firm whose programming genius, Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), has been kidnapped. His voice identification program, if combined with global positioning technology, could be used to track anyone, even Charlie. So the Angels are off to the rescue.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Charlie's Angels 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. This 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Dylan's absent father affected her life, especially her decision to work for a man who would never meet her. Knox, too, was affected by an absent father. Why don't the Angels want the men in their lives to know what they do? What would happen if they told them? Even movies as essentially silly as this one can also provide good lessons in problem-solving and ethics. How do they break down the problem of getting access to the GPS software into solvable pieces? Why won't the angels give Knox access to the GPS software?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 3, 2000
DVD release date:March 27, 2001
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu
Director:McG
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence, innuendo and some sensuality/nudity

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Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Action packed

Women kicking the bad guys is entertaining if unrealistic. For 15+ audience
Parent Written byrediranch June 7, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

Not for teens

Good movie - but not for 12 year olds as the main review says. There are lots of female body parts being shaken and zoomed in on in this movie, and should be limited to 14+, 17+ for Christian families (such as ours). We don't subject our children to all the sex on TV and cable. If you do, 12 may be suitable. As far as the actual movie is, for adults it is entertaining - but we could also do without the sex. Foul language is not rampant, as is the case with most of the current action movies.
Teen, 15 years old Written byjosemunozleon November 15, 2010
AGE
7
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Too much violence
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