dir McG • scr Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, John August|
with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Tim Curry, Crispin Glover, Sam Rockwell, Kelly Lynch, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, Tom Green, LL Cool J
release US 3.Nov.00 • UK 24.Nov.00
|Review by Rich Cline|
This time our three angels are Dylan, Natalie and Alex (Barrymore, Diaz and Liu), action women who have become high-tech private investigators for the unseen Charles Townsend. They get their assignments from the goofy Bosley (Murray) and this time it involves a kidnapped computer programmer (Rockwell), a sinister businessman (Curry) and a mysterious thin man (Glover). But the vapid plot is merely an excuse for action, and lots of it.
Frenetically directed by someone called McG, virtually every scene in the film is jammed with sight gags and wacky dialog ... as well as subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at Bond and Mission Impossible-type films. If you can remotely suspend your faculties of criticism, this is great fun to watch, thoroughly entertaining, surprisingly witty and, well, gorgeous to look at. The three leads get nice twists on their roles--Diaz is brainy and ditzy at the same time, Barrymore is thuggish with impeccable lipstick in all but one hilarious scene, Liu is both broadly slapstick and sleekly seductive. They're terrifically funny--all hair flicks, karate poses and Matrix-style gravity-defying fight scenes. Murray gets the short shrift, underused and a bit uneven. And in the end it's simply empty-headed fun, nothing more.
[PG-13--violence, language, innuendo] 4.Nov.00
"I was a fan of the TV series, even though I knew it wasn't intelligenttelevision - how many weekly series are? It was fun watching the Angels catch the bad guys, and try to catch Charlie at the same time. And they had phones in their hot cars. This movie carries on in the tradition of the TV series - hot babes, hot cars, a lot of fun. Cameron Diaz had us laughing out loud in some scenes! This won't make the Academy Awards, but I would say the Angels have returned! This was a fun movie!" --Laurie T, Minneapolis.
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