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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Women have as much grit, power, and strength as men, and being tough doesn't mean they're not feminine (and vice versa). Themes include curiosity, courage, teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Townsend Agency exclusively staffs female intelligence officers, using society's misperceptions about the strength, capability, and acumen of attractive women to get the upper hand. Ethnically diverse group of women courageously goes into dangerous, challenging situations and demonstrates teamwork, always having one another's back. A male colleague works as support for the women, taking care of their personal and work needs.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of action-style fighting, with hard-hitting one-on-one battles that include punches, kicks, whacking with objects, etc. Guns and knives are used, including assault weapons like a modern-day tommy gun. Falls from high locations. The Angels are responsible for a few ghastly villain deaths (including an impalement).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman uses her sexuality to corner a villain, seductively sucking on his finger, massaging him with her foot, allowing him to rub her upper thighs. Costumes includes a pair of short workout shorts and a very snug white shirt. A kidnapped woman is forced to wear a collar and leash.
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Infrequent cursing includes one possible use of "f--k" as well as "bitch," "dammit," "d--k," "hell," "ass," two uses of "s--t," "mo-fo," and flipping the bird. A version of "motherf----r" with symbols replacing some letters is written in subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
The women drive vehicles by Range Rover, Fiat, and Lamborghini. Chopard watch. A women's clinic gets a variety of name-brand feminine hygiene supplies. Sony tablet shown frequently, Apple laptop briefly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, and shots consumed to socialize and celebrate; no drunkenness. A villain sips on a martini.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Charlie's Angels is a reboot of the '70s TV series about a trio of female secret agents (Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott). Elizabeth Banks directs, switching the franchise's focus to female empowerment, with themes of curiosity, courage, and teamwork. There's also more violence than many might expect, some of it pretty intense: The Angels battle villains in scenes that are full of hard-hitting fights, explosions, and assault weapons. They take some punches in the process, and they also kill some of the villains (an impalement is particularly gnarly). As in the original show, the Angels are tough, strong, smart, and savvy; they also rock a killer wardrobe. In other words, they're aspirational, not sex objects. And they're refreshingly diverse. The opening scene does pay homage to the original's playbook, with Stewart's character using her sex appeal to trap a villain -- but it's explained that the Angels succeed because society doesn't expect attractive women to be cunning or capable. Profanity is infrequent but present ("d--k," "s--t," etc.), and there's some social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Angels of the Townsend Agency now have swagger rather than jiggle, thanks to Banks, who creates something fantastic and fun out of what was once fluff. Watching three strong, capable women working together to take down villains with their physical and mental prowess is a rare pleasure. It was in 1976, too -- but back then, girls may not have realized that the show was primarily intended to let men watch Sabrina, Jill, and Kelly run around in skimpy clothes in sexy situations, which may have led to some young fans picking up unintentional messages about what it is to be a woman. Banks reverses that completely. Here, the women's wardrobe is sick, the makeup slick, and the hair sensational: The Angels look good, but not in a way that says they're "a good time." It's an update of the '70s feminist mantra "you can have it all"; now, the movie seems to say, you can kick butt and look super cool doing it.
Stewart steals the show, transforming her trademark mumbly delivery into a torrent of unexpectedly hilarious throwaway lines. Her cool cred, already sky high, jumps into the stratosphere. Like a comical Brad Pitt character, Stewart's Sabina may not be clear on all things, but she gets the job done. Banks' tweaking of the original trio of Angels -- a blonde, a brunette, and a darker brunette -- also makes positive inroads on representation. Does it all make sense? Oh no -- and it doesn't need to. It's the right movie giving teens the right role models at the right time. As Charlie would say, "Well done, Angels!"
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