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Charlie's Angels (2000)
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
Charlie (Voiced by John Forsyth) is back and he has a new set of Angels. This time around we have Dylan (Drew Barrymore), Natalie (Cameron Diaz) and Alex (Lucy Liu). These 3 ladies are very different than Angels of the past. For one they do not use weapons of any sort except for their hands. They are well versed in martial arts and electronics. Dylan is the resident bad girl/sexpot. She dreams of having a father figure in her life and a few good men. Natalie dreams of being a dancer. She wants nothing more than to be on stage. And finally, Alex dreams of putting her privileged life behind her and becoming a family woman. She can't cook to save her life, but she tries.
The 3 Angels are called upon to solve a case (of course). It seems that a geeky software developer has been kidnapped along with his software. If the software "Gets into the wrong hands", it can end privacy. The wrong hands being those of Roger Corwin (Tim Curry). If he uses this software where in conjunction with his satellite technology, he will be able to pinpoint the location of anyone once they make a call from their cell phone.
The Angels must use all of their cunning and smarts to reclaim both the software and the software developer, Knox (Sam Rockwell).
What can I say? I loved it. Yes I know it's basically and T&A action film, but how is that different from the T.V. show? The show was pretty stupid. People tuned in to watch hair and flopping boobies. It certainly wasn't for the dialogue or the plot.
Drew Barrymore (she is also the producer) and the writers understood this. There was no point in trying to make the movie serious or change the concept. And that's why I loved this movie. It didn't take itself serious and it was clear that despite all of the rumors, they were having fun parodying themselves. It's a far-fetched plot with a lot of flipping of the hair and flopping of the boobies.
I have to mention this; the only black folks in the movie are the ones at "Soul Train" and briefly L.L. Cool J, but in defense of the filmmakers there were 3 black actress that were sought after for the role of Alex. I believe they were Jada Pinkett-Smith, Thandie Newton and Lauryn Hill. I think pregnancy was the reason the first 2 had to turn it down and I think Lauryn just wasn't interested.
The special effects were cool even though it was a bit of a stretch to believe some of the stuff, but hey you aren't supposed to believe it. Even still, my favorites scenes were the ones that had The Angels kicking butt and "The Soul Train" scene. When she broke out and started doing The Robot, I died. And I loved how they used music throughout the film
Even though Charlie's Angel may be the surprise hit of the season, I'm not sure it will recoup the 94 million dollar price tag.
Charlie, how did your Angels get down like that?
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