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PCR # 172  (Vol. 4, No. 28)  This edition is for the week of July 7--13, 2003.

This Week's PCR
Movie Review
"Charlie's Angels:
  Full Throttle"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Three stars

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Columbia Pictures     
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac and Demi Moore
Directed by: McG
Rated: PG13
Running Time: 1 hour 48 mins

Good morning, angels!

To me, those were some of the best words uttered on Tuesday night television. Farrah, Kate, Jaclyn. Then Cheryl. Then Shelly. Then Tanya. Oh well, at least Bosley hung around. It's different in the movies. Bosley is different but the angels stay the same! Good thing, too, since it's the chemistry of the three leads that keep the movie interesting.

We begin with two of our angels (Diaz and Liu) starting to settle down. They have slowly tipped off their boyfriends by telling them they work for "Charlie." Much better then being a professional bikini waxer. The third angel (Barrymore) is currently single, deciding that she always gets into trouble because she tends to fall for the bad guy. Well, this time it's the bad guy who fell for her. Mix in an ex-angel gone bad (Moore) and a new Bosley (Mac) and you have the makings of an enjoyable afternoon.

Like the first film, the action sequences are the movie's highlight. Lots of wire work and explosions keep the pace going. The bond between the three leads is tighter the second time around as the actresses have become comfortable not only with the roles but with each other. You feel a genuine camaraderie that was missing in the first film. As the new Bosley, brother of Bill Murray's character in "Charlie's Angels," Bernie Mac does his best with the material he's given. As for the much hyped return of Demi Moore - it's not like Jane Fonda came out of retirement. She does a credible job as the angel gone bad. Period. Returning boyfriends Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc are funny and a highlight is when LeBlanc tries to explain to Liu's father exactly what she does. The fact that her dad is played by John Cleese, full of double takes and stuttering, should let you know how that little talk ends up. Throw in cameos from Bruce Willis, Robert Patrick, Crispin Glover and the Olsen twins, not to mention Jaclyn Smith as original angel Kelly Garrett, and you've got a cast sure to please all ages.

On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "Charlie's Angles: Full Throttle"  Three stars


This week's movie review of "Charlie's Angles: Full Throttle" is ©2003 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2003, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2003 by Nolan B. Canova.