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CHARLIE'S ANGELS

SYNOPSIS:
Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Alex (Lucy Liu) and Dylan (Drew Barrymore) all work for Charlie - of the Charles Townsend Detective Agency. With their loyal mentor Bosley (Bill Murray), they solve crimes for the agency’s rich clients. When they’re approached by Vivian Wood (Kelly Lynch) to solve the disappearance of her software genius partner Knox (Sam Rockwell), it all looks a bit too easy. Vivian fingers communications tycoon Roger Corwin (Tim Curry) as the culprit; as Corwin is eager to get hold of Knox’s voice recognition software which, patched into Corwin’s satellites would mean every mobile phone was a homing device - the end of privacy as we know it. But as the Angels dig into the case, all is not what it seems.

"Style, sass and stunts sums up Charlie's Angels, a fun escapist action flick with seductive super-heroines who are cucumber cool all the time. The emphasis is on fun, lots of it. Delivering what it promises, it doesn't aspire to be anything more than it is. Energetic with a contagious upbeat feel, the film pokes fun at itself and creates a mood in which we feel as though we're included in the gag. There are a lot of laughs and it's thoroughly enjoyable escapism. The gorgeous gals can do anything - and they do! They display acrobatics, belly dance, crash through glass windows, dance, jump out of planes, martial the arts, race cars, scuba dive, sky dive (in case you hadn't noticed, this is an alphabetical reflection on their prowess) and, oh yes, they never break out in a sweat and always seem to be slipping into something slinky, spunky and sparse. The speed in which they change their clothes is amazing – even Superman would be impressed! Of course the script is contrived, but it cleverly manages to dip in and out of the three angels' private lives: although it's superficial, we get to know each girl just enough to care. Top billed Cameron Diaz with the legs that go forever, has fun with dizzy Natalie; Lucy Liu is seriously engaging with major martial arts moves, while Drew Barrymore shows a little vulnerability - and a lot more cleavage! Bill Murray (Tarzan-like goon) is a good foil to the toothpaste smiles, and wicked Tim Curry's memorable scene shows exotic Liu stomping on his back at Madam Wong's Blossoms' massage pad with perfectly pedicured toes and deadly intent. The plot about audio DNA is over the top enough to bemuse, while the soundtrack is one hell of a musical ride. With music video & commercial director McG at the helm in his feature debut, it's no surprise. If you remember the original 70s angels, you may agree that the current ones have a lighter tough; the frolic is fantasy-filled, flippant and flirtatious. 'Never send a man to do a woman's job' is a line that stays with me – just like the flavour and lighthearted mood that gives Charlie and his Angels a thumbs up for the millenium."
Louise Keller

"Like James Bond in triplicate, but with better hair and more attitude, Charlie’s Angels is the best fun ride at the movies so far this year. This isn’t a movie that bears close analysis; to even attempt it is defeating the purpose. The film is self-consciously light; making little effort to present anything other than an outrageous storyline and one dimensional characters. But it’s all about the action - and there’s plenty of it. The Angels tackle all manner of nasty bad guys with little more than fists, feet and feistiness. And if the situation calls for a little more subtlety, such as showing your cleavage to get information, that’s OK too in this post-feminist world. Director McG (a.k.a. Joseph McGinty Nichol) stages action scenes even more spectacular than those in MI:2. And, despite the well-documented problems with the script, it manages to come up with loads of campy, good-natured humour. In fact, the whole thing is an absolute hoot. In the acting department, Diaz, Liu and Barrymore don’t really get to do very much but run from explosions and try earnestly to figure out the "mystery". I was however impressed by their comic timing, and they work extremely well as a team. Kelly Lynch gets a few chances to stand out as the secretive Vivian, and takes them. But the movie is stolen by two old stagers in Bill Murray and Tim Curry. Murray puts in his best work since Rushmore as Bosley, while Curry hams it up deliciously as Corwin. Charlie’s Angels isn’t the smartest movie, but it is a lively romp that delivers exactly what it promises. And that’s kickin’ your ass!"
David Edwards

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CHARLIE’S ANGELS (M)
(US)

CAST: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell, Tim Curry, Kelly Lynch, Crispin Glover

DIRECTOR: Joseph McGinty Nichol

PRODUCER: Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen

SCRIPT: Ryan Rowe & Ed Solomon and John August

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Russell Carpenter, A.S.C.

EDITOR: Wayne Wahrman, A.C.E., Peter Teschner

MUSIC: Edward Shearmur

PRODUCTION DESIGN: J. Michael Riva

RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 23, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Tristar Home Video

VIDEO RELEASE: May 23, 2001







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