By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Violent, sexy remake is corny in a whole new way.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
An oft-repeated theme drives home the message that justice is better than revenge and that some people can make good on second chances. Cases also tend to resolve with the bad guys behind bars.
Positive Role Models
The Angels are flawed, with troubled pasts, but now they're using their shady skills to work together, put bad guys away, and help others. They're also independent, self-sufficient, and representative of an array of ethnicities. That said, there's some gray-area role modeling in terms of the way they do their jobs, like breaking into a police database to get information on a suspect or using their sexuality to influence men.
Violence & Scariness
The Angels carry weapons, and the bad guys often resort to torture, etc. There are also sudden moments of violence, including shootings with minimal blood and major explosions that can result in death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The Angels sometimes use their sexuality to achieve an objective ... but so does their right-hand man, Bosley. Some kissing and making out. The women sometimes wear revealing or provocative clothing.
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Infrequent use of words like "bitch" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The ladies are into clothes and shoes, which invites a bit of brand name-dropping (for example, Prada).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. Some cases may involve drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the violence in Charlie's Angels (2011) is more intense than in the original 1970s series, but less over-the-top than in the feature film. Characters carry weapons to defend themselves and that sudden moments of violence can include shootings and explosions that result in death. Like in the original series, the Angels also use their sexuality on the job -- but in a modern spin, so does their male colleague. In addition, there's some light language (mostly "bitch" and "damn") and social drinking, with some brand mentions (like Prada).
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What's the Story?
Making over the iconic 1970s series of the same name, CHARLIE'S ANGELS moves the action to Miami, where unseen-man-in-charge Charlie Townsend (voiced by Robert Wagner) assigns his "Angels" to an ever-changing roster of dangerous cases. There's Abby (Rachael Taylor), a girl of means with sticky fingers; Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a once-lawful cop turned dirty; and Eve (Minka Kelly), a tenacious street racer whose friend Gloria was once an Angel, too.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers ready to latch onto the concept of three stylish, powerful women whose impressive moves command respect (until they open their mouths...) might be entertained. But if not, the Angels are in danger of joining the ranks of other failed rebooted classic TV icons like Knight Rider and Bionic Woman.
Iconic as it is, the original Charlie's Angels wasn't known for its powerhouse acting. (In fact, it was arguably more famous for Farrah Fawcett's feathered hair.) So perhaps we shouldn't expect this amped-up remake to deliver performances that feel rooted in reality. The hammy dialogue doesn't help. But combined with the overall high production value, you get the sense that "hammy" wasn't really what the show's creators were going for.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Charlie's Angels' theme of justice vs. revenge. Can you come up with a real-world example to help illustrate the difference between the two concepts? Which concept tends to produce a more positive outcome?
How does violence play into the plot? Does it seem excessive? If you've seen the original 1970s series, how does the level of violence compare?
Is the show sending any messages -- subtle or otherwise -- about gender and empowerment? How do the Angels compare to other female role models on television?
- Premiere date: September 22, 2011
- Cast: Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor
- Network: ABC
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: June 1, 2023
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