Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

 
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Mini skirt girl power continues.
  • Review Date: October 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive role models

Three very different "girls" are smart and extremely resourceful. But the fact they are always called "girls" and use their sexual attractiveness as a lure takes the girl-power message down a notch.

Violence

Non-stop action violence, bad guys killed. Characters in peril.

Sex

Sexual references.

Language

A few bad words, many double entendres.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Brief social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has non-stop "action violence," meaning that it is not very graphic. A character is impaled and several characters are killed. There is a brief graphic scene of a calf birth. As in the first movie, the Angels do not use guns. Characters use some strong language and make some naughty double-entendres. Alex's father believes she is a prostitute. Female and minority characters are brave, smart, loyal, and capable.

What's the story?

The three Angels -- Dylan (producer Drew Barrymore), Alex (Lucy Liu), and Natalie (Cameron Diaz) – are back for a new assignment. Two rings, which contain the names of people in the witness protection program, are missing. When some protected informants are killed, Charlie turns to the Angels. During their search, they meet Madison Lee (Demi Moore), a former Angel who now works for the bad guys, and Seamus (Justin Theroux), Dylan's former boyfriend whom she turned in to the police.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE is pretty much the same movie as the first one, except more of everything, and this movie has a lot of everything to have more of. More lovely heads shaking lovely hair in slow-mo as the Angels run away from more explosions. More lovely legs kicking more bad guys. More crazy get-ups (I know! Let's make them dress up like nuns! And strippers!). More surprise guest stars -- including one of the original Angels. More dancing. More booty shaking. More booty kicking. The only thing there's less of is plot, and does anyone who watches this movie really care about that? Certainly no one who made the movie did. Dylan, Alex, and Natalie behave as though they're at a slumber party where the girls blow stuff up and perform on-the-spot forensic analyses without any equipment in between setting each other's hair and short-sheeting each other's beds. This gives a bouncy, buoyant, bubbly feel to the story that keeps the energy level high enough to sail through the silly dialogue and story.

Problems include uninteresting villains and a dopey sidetrack as Alex's boyfriend (Matt LeBlanc) and father (John Cleese) have a pointless misunderstanding about what Alex really does on the job. Yes, Demi Moore looks sensational as an Angel turned bad, but her performance is weak. Justin Theroux is also wasted as Dylan's former boyfriend. Shia LeBeouf ("Holes") is in the movie for no particular reason. But Crispin Glover returns for a few nicely creepy moments as the mute Thin Man who has a thing about hair.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how (and why) people create their own families. They can talk about whether this movie is sexist and the mixed messages our society sends young women and about the enduring attraction of those messages as well. For example, while the Angels wear skimpy costumes, they are extraordinarily independent, capable, loyal, strong, honest, and highly educated.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 27, 2003
DVD release date:October 21, 2003
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu
Director:McG
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence, sensuality and language/innuendo

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Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag June 26, 2012
 

Slightly edgier sequel is even weaker than the first one. Teens and up!

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is a sequel to the 2000's movie remake of "Charlie's Angels" starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. While the first movie was already disappointing and little intelligent, it at least had a few visually perfect combat scenes and some witty one-liners. This sequel, however, has nothing that is even worth watching: the fight scnes aren't that entertaining anymore, none of the actresses really get a chance to act, the screenplay is weak and the plot is tiring and overused - you can take a plot like this for parodies and comedies only nowadays. Some scenes end up unintentionally funny like the scene where one of the protagonists sit in a bar talking to a woman when she suddenly vanishes, or another scene where Drew Barrymore's character tries to talk about her past but the other Angels only make fun of her last name. I don't recommend this movie to anyone. The movie is slightly edgier compared to the first movie. There is one scene set in a night club (?) where there is a lot of suggestive dancing. In one scene, Cameron's character removes her bra, but nothing is seen. There are lots of combat and fighting scenes, nothing pushing the PG-13. Both the sex and the violence is stronger than in the first movie, but still, it is not too strong. Suitable for teens and up.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old May 14, 2011
 
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Too much sex
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bykatiemay017 November 28, 2009
 

amazing movie!!! 13+

AMAZING MOVIE! DREW BARRYMORE, CAMERON DIAZ, AND LUCY LIU, WERE AWESOME!! well made, and funny. one of my top picks!
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