Susan Granger's review of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (Columbia Pictures)
Since the original "Charlie's Angels" movie made nearly $260 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable and its trio of playful, sexy, butt-kicking stars are back - Drew Barrymore as Dylan, Cameron Diaz as Natalie and Lucy Liu as Alex - along with director McG.
This time, the Angels' boss, Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe), asks them to retrieve a pair of titanium rings encoded with the new identities of everyone in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Dylan's in particular danger since a killer ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is after her. And there's a former-now-fallen Angel, villainous Madison Lee (sleek, sensational Demi Moore) with her own agenda. Basically, the Angels are heavily into having a good time, changing costumes with almost every scene and revealing as much skin as possible within a PG-13 rating.
While the publicity makes much ado about the buffed Angels performing their own stunts, if you look closely at the wirework, you'll realize there are lots of quick cuts and close-ups, augmented by the cacophonous noise, blaring soundtrack and "Matrix" bullet-time motion. McG's hyperkinetic music video background must have come in handy with the editing.
Bill Murray's gone, replaced by Bernie Mac as his brother Bosley - and for more Y-chromosomes, there's Crispin Glover as the silent Thin Man, Brazil's Rodrigo Santoro as an assassin, John Cleese as Alex's father, Matt LeBlanc as Alex's boyfriend and Luke Wilson as Natalie's live-in lover. In cameos, Bruce Willis pops up as a federal agent and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett, an original 1970's TV angel. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is a fresh, fun-filled, frenetic 7, propelled by action if not acumen.
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