Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Full on Fallen Angel
When it's big like that I just love to ride it hard and rough - Natalie
I described the first "Charlie's Angels" movie as a mixed bag which you could enjoy one day and dislike the next and I will say the same about the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle". The reason being is that the sequel is basically more of the same nonsense which filled the first movie as we get one sexy scene after another and mot a lot else. Actually to be honest this sequel isn't as good as the original as director McG appears to have ripped up the script and gone for one set piece after another fulfilling male fantasies as he has Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore in more sexy scenes that I could count and throws in a bikini clad Demi Moore for good measure. As such you really have to disengage your brain to watch "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" as the minute you start to think about it you might as well turn it off.
When two very special rings fall into the wrong hands The Angels Dylan (Drew Barrymore), Alex (Lucy Liu) and Natalie (Cameron Diaz) are put on the case to recover them by any means necessary. The reason why the rings are so special is that they contain encrypted data on those who are in the Federal Witness Protection Program and in the wrong hands no one is safe especially when The Angels learn that a mysterious "fallen" Angel may be behind the theft. But that is not their only issue as is Dylan is forced to reveal a dark secret which she has kept hidden from the others and it is a secret which could put all their lives at risk.
To be honest "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is not a movie about a story, it's a movie about sexy stars in a series of sexy set pieces. It does have a storyline of sorts as we have our trio of Angels trying to recover two rings which hold top secret witness protection data but strip this sequel down to purely the story and I doubt you have enough to fill up 15 minutes of the movie. As such it's pointless not only to criticize "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" for having such a poor and inconsequential storyline but to try and follow it as that is definitely not the point, in fact saying it had plot holes would be being kind.
Nope the point of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is all about having Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore appearing in a series of over the top scenes which throw together action and comedy in an in your face sexy manner. It's certainly the stuff which young boys will enjoy as we have scenes of Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore getting up and seductively close in just bikinis. And that is just one of the very sexy moments which dominate this sequel but the daft thing is that so many of them are dull. How I can say that watching any of the actresses acting sexy is dull may sound weird but it's not only unimaginative but also repetitive. I found myself long before the half way point actually growing tired of another sexy funny scene and even when it wasn't sexy I still found it rather boring.
Like with the first movie the trio of stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barry all work well together and the sense of fun they had whilst making this sequel does come across. And you have to say that all 3 of them willingly give it their all when it comes to the stupidity of the humour from Cameron Diaz pretending to be Swedish and riding a mechanical bull through to Drew Barrymore getting up close and personal to the returning Thin Man so wonderfully played by Crispin Glover. Plus with Bill Murray not returning Bernie Mac does a solid enough job of delivering the humour as Bosley's brother Jimmy. But in many way the most fun comes from all those actors who sign up for the minor roles, and so the likes of Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Patrick and so on all add something to a movie which otherwise could have been seriously painful.
What this all boils down to is that "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is pretty much of the same which dominated the first movie except that the storyline is even of less importance and the set pieces are even more in your face. It's a case of it being a movie which tries to entertain by delivering funny action scenes which are all about being sexy and for younger audiences it may work. But whilst the likes of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore as well as Demi Moore acting sexy is a pleasant sight it does end up being repetitive.
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