Cartoonish Charlie's Angels with lesbians.
  • Review Date: June 5, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Comic, action-style spy story violence.


Heterosexual and homosexual references and situations.


Some strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some mature material for a PG-13, including same-sex sexual encounters (nothing more explicit than kissing) and action-style violence (no one hurt). Characters drink and smoke and use some strong language.

What's the story?

The SATs have a special extra test embedded within, a test to find those high school seniors most skilled at lying, cheating, and killing. Those girls are recruited into the top-secret spy school, D.E.B.S. The four top students are after notorious super-criminal Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster). But when Amy (Sara Foster), who achieved the only perfect score in history, confronts Lucy, the confrontation is complicated by some undeniable romantic attraction.

Is it any good?


Four top spies are staking out a meeting between a ruthless Russian assassin and the world's most notorious international criminal mastermind. One of the spies redirects the sound equipment to eavesdrop on the conversation of a fellow spy who is breaking up with her boyfriend. The she peers down at the targets and says, "I have that sweater, but in taupe!" Yes, the good guys and the bad guys in this movie are all girls, and when I say girls, I mean knee socks and tiny plaid skirts and consulting about boyfriends while ducking grenades, tucking guns into chic little backpacks, and lip-synching love songs pretending a broomstick is a microphone.

This is Josie and the Pussycats crossed with Charlie's Angels, Agent Cody Banks, Get Smart and Saturday morning cartoons. Except with lesbians. This now makes the third bad movie in a row for the delightfully talented Meagan Good and the second for Foster. The talents of the magnificent Holland Taylor and Michael Clarke Duncan are also woefully underused. This could be a cute short film (as it originally was). It runs out of steam and ideas after about 20 minutes and that's with giving it an additional 10 minutes' grace just because the girls are so fetching in a Britney Spears "Hit Me Baby One More Time" era sort of way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of movies this movie parodies.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 24, 2005
DVD release date:June 7, 2005
Cast:Jordana Brewster, Meagan Good, Michael Clarke Duncan
Director:Angela Robinson
Studio:Screen Gems
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language

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Adult Written byteatime0714 April 9, 2008


I love this movie. It sends a great message about standing up for your beliefs (as long as they don't hurt anyone), even though they may not be popular with your friends. Also presents a fair portrayal of love between two women. It is not done for the benefit of men and instead focuses on the love between two people (of any gender) and how it can metaphorically "change the world".
Adult Written byMindypin April 9, 2008

Terrible message for kids

Teen, 15 years old Written byethandavid26 April 9, 2008


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