Three female detectives who work for the mysterious Charlie
are hired to track down a kidnapped software designer.
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Directed by McG
Written by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, John August
Starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu,
Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell, Kelly Lynch, Crispin Glover,
Tim Curry, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, Tom Green, John Forsythe
Based on the 1976-1981 TV series
I happen to enjoy this mindless action comedy based off an old TV show. Despite its many, many flaws, it's wholly entertaining and utilizes the talents of its impressive cast. I don't think this film deserves to be shot down without a second glance, which is what happened upon its initial release. If you give this film a chance, I know you'll find something to like about it. After all, how can you not like a film with Sam Rockwell as a bad guy?
Charlie's Angels is steeped in post-90's/early 00's celebrities, including Matt LeBlanc, Tom Green, and even a cameo by LL Cool J. That and the fact that almost every song in the film contains the word "angel" can get annoying after a while. The chemistry between Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu is what saves the film for me. The three are matched perfectly and Bill Murray as John Bosley just adds to my enjoyment of the film. Then you've got Crispin Glover as a great side villain known only as the Creepy Thin Man and Tim Curry in a memorable role as software rival Roger Corwin. Frankly, it amazes me that this film didn't get more of a chance.
With a rollercoaster plot that successfully balances humor and action, Charlie's Angels is a piece of early 00's memorabilia that I believe deserves another chance to shine. I don't think it's achieved cult status, but it definitely qualifies for it. Besides, it's not like the TV show was some timeless classic, am I right? All this film did was take something outrageous from the 70's and make it even more outrageous for the new millennium.