Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle Review

by David N. Butterworth (dnb AT dca DOT net)
July 4th, 2003

A film review by David N. Butterworth
Copyright 2003 David N. Butterworth

** (out of ****)

Since the producers of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," the follow-up to 2000's "Charlie's Angels," have pretty much made the same exact movie as the first one (a tongue-in-cheek, post-feminist homage to--and spoof of--the cheesy '70's TV show about three butt-kicking lovelies employed by a speakerphone; the speakerphone buys it in this one, by the way), I'll simply save my braincells and rely on extracts from my review of the first film in keeping with the prescribed approach of "why bother changing anything?" "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is one sexual tease-a-thon from start to finish. Hardly a minute goes by in which our heroines Natalie, Dylan, and Alex don't flash some thigh, unbutton their shirts, or waggle their bums at the camera. The T&A in this film is truly amazing, as if Russ Meyer served as creative consultant. I lost count of how many times an Angel shakes out her hair in slow-mo like a Keeshond wicking rainwater from its pelt. If you can take your eyes off the naughty bits for a moment you'll notice that CA2's plot is just as silly as CA1's, although CA1 only featured the one rubber mask removal (CA2 succumbs to three). Like its predecessor, again directed by McG, CA2 is fast moving, slickly edited, and features a pulse pounding score. Bernie Mac plays the comic interest, Bosley, and he's sporadically funny yet largely unnecessary. The villain, a fallen Angel named Madison Lee, is played not very menacingly by Demi Moore (no spoiler there--why else would she be in the movie?). There are more costume changes in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" than in an entire season of "Are You Being Served?" And how about this for a catchy tagline: "This summer the Angels are back." Wait, there is one difference. "Charlie's Angels" was fun. For some reason, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" chooses to be insanely incoherent instead.

David N. Butterworth
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