Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (VHS, 2003, Spanish Subtitled)

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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - Sex Appeal Doesn't Help This Mess

Jan 8, 2012 (Updated Jan 8, 2012)
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Pros:It ends.

Cons:Just about everything.

The Bottom Line: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is a huge mess of a movie.  It is a sequel that definitely wasn’t needed.


Sometimes I enjoy movies that are based on tv shows.  With some of those movies, they have ended up being pretty bad.  Charlie’s Angels is not that good, but since it made a lot of money, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was made.

The three main characters - Dylan, Natalie, and Alex - are back from the first movie and there is a different Bosley.  This movie stands alone fairly well and it really doesn’t directly build on the first movie.  This movie, like the first movie, is based on the original tv series.  The same basic idea of three attractive women working for a man named Charlie who is only heard is used again.  These Angels don’t carry guns, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get violent at times.  They all are good at martial arts.  Something about this version doesn’t work that well.  I had the same feeling about the first movie as well.  

The Angels are hired to retrieve a special set of rings that have been taken from the Department of Justice.  The rings have a list of the people in the witness protection program.  Someone on the list has already been killed, and the Angels start working to track down the killer along with the missing rings.  One of the Angels is actually on the list.  The clues that are uncovered point to former Angel Madison Lee.  When they discover that the rings are going to be sold, the Angels and Bosley put a plan in motion to stop the sale.

When Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle begins, the three women are already on the mission, though it isn’t completely clear what is going on at first.  It takes a while for everything to come out, and even then, the plot doesn’t make a lot of sense.  One unbelievable thing after another happens, so anyone hoping for any sense of realism is going to be disappointed.  The story is just an excuse to have women run around barely dressed and beat up people.  There is no mystery to what is happening with the rings since it is very apparent that Madison is involved.  

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle relies heavily on the sex appeal of the Angels to attract an audience.  The Angels go from one almost soft corn porn situation to another.  They strip in an attempt to gain a lead at one point in a scene that goes on too long.  The women act sexual in just about every situation they end up in.  That may make male viewers happy, but it doesn’t do anything for the lack of plot.  Madison struts around in one scene in a very small bikini, so she does show off a lot of skin, but she doesn’t act as sexual as the others.  The Angels have relationships, but they don’t amount to anything and they add nothing to the movie.

There are a lot of crazy action scenes throughout the movie.  The same thing happened in the first movie.  The women all are good at martial arts and they get in numerous fights.  Really none of the action is believable in any way, with the way they jump through the air or get a falling helicopter started before it crashes.  The action is so over done it is ridiculous.  The slow motion is used entirely too much and it is just annoying.  The action scene definitely received more attention than the plot.

None of the characters are that developed, which I expected before watching the movie.  Dylan, Natalie, and Alex seem nice enough for the most part, though they all act a bit ditzy at times.  There isn’t anything special about any of them.  Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu have all done better.  Bernie Mac is Bosley this time.  It is explained that he is the half brother of the former Bosley, but it is still a bit weird.  He does fine, though he doesn’t have much to work with.  John Forsythe is back as the voice of Charlie, once again never seen.

Matt LeBlanc and Luke Wilson are back as Jason and Pete, men that Natalie and Alex are involved with.  They are just in a few short scenes and they still have no clue what the women do.  For some reason, Crispin Glover is also back as a creepy guy only called Thin Man in the credits.  John Cleese turns up playing Alex’s father, but he doesn’t get to do anything and he is completely wasted.

Madison is a former Angel who has some issues with Charlie and how her time as an Angel ended.  She is devious and a sort of decent villain.  Demi Moore does fairly well with what she has to work with.  Shia LaBeouf turns up as Max, someone on the list that is targeted.  He doesn’t do much.  Robert Patrick and Bruce Willis both of small parts that don’t add much to what is going on.

Main Cast

Drew Barrymore - Dylan
John Cleese - Mr. Munday
Cameron Diaz - Natalie
John Forsythe - Charlie
Crispin Glover - Thin Man
Shia LaBeouf - Max
Matt LeBlanc - Jason
Lucy Liu - Alex
Bernie Mac - Bosley
Demi Moore - Madison
Luke Wilson - Pete

McG - Director

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is available on DVD.  I think I may have rented it originally after it first became available to rent.  I’ve ended up sitting through it a few different times when it has been on a cable channel I get and I can’t find anything to watch.  

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle isn’t that good of a movie.  The plot is more of a mess than it was for the first movie.  Some viewers may enjoy seeing the women run around in skimpy outfits in some scenes, but that doesn’t make up for how bad the movie is.

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