Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Charlie's Angels Full Throttle movie.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byMcG
Produced byLeonard Goldberg
Drew Barrymore
Nancy Juvonen
Screenplay byJohn August
Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Story byJohn August
Based onCharlie's Angels 
by Ivan Goff
Ben Roberts
StarringCameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu
Bernie Mac
Crispin Glover
Justin Theroux
Robert Patrick
Demi Moore
Narrated byJohn Forsythe
Music byEdward Shearmur
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited byWayne Wahrman
Production
  company
Wonderland Sound and Vision
Flower Films
Tall Trees
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 27, 2003 (2003-06-27)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120 million
Box office$259,175,788
 
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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Charlie's Angels Full Throttle movie.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byMcG
Produced byLeonard Goldberg
Drew Barrymore
Nancy Juvonen
Screenplay byJohn August
Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Story byJohn August
Based onCharlie's Angels 
by Ivan Goff
Ben Roberts
StarringCameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu
Bernie Mac
Crispin Glover
Justin Theroux
Robert Patrick
Demi Moore
Narrated byJohn Forsythe
Music byEdward Shearmur
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited byWayne Wahrman
Production
  company
Wonderland Sound and Vision
Flower Films
Tall Trees
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 27, 2003 (2003-06-27)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120 million
Box office$259,175,788

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (also known as Charlie's Angels 2 or Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle) is a 2003 American action comedy film. It is the sequel to 2000's Charlie's Angels. It opened in the United States on June 27, 2003, and was number one at the box office for that weekend, also making a worldwide total of $259.2 million.[1]

In an ensemble cast, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu return as Natalie, Dylan, and Alex respectively. It also features Demi Moore, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Patrick, Crispin Glover, Justin Theroux, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, Pink, with Jaclyn Smith reprising her role as Kelly Garrett, and Bernie Mac replacing Bill Murray in the role of Bosley. This was John Forsythe's final film appearance before his retirement and his death in 2010.

Plot[edit]

After rescuing U.S. Marshal Ray Carter (Robert Patrick) in Mongolia, the Angels, Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Drew Barrymore), and Alex (Lucy Liu) are hired to locate a set of titanium rings called H.A.L.O. (Hidden Alias List Operation) stolen from the Department of Justice that, when put together in a machine, will display a list of all individuals in the witness protection program. Many people, including Justice Department official William Rose Bailey (Bruce Willis), who possessed one of the rings, were murdered in the process. Having discovered that one of the protected witnesses, Alan Caulfield (Eric Bogosian), was murdered in his house in San Bernardino, the Angels investigate the scene and discover evidence suggesting that Caulfield was smothered with a bag and the killer is a surfer with a scar on his left leg. Meanwhile, Natalie and her now boyfriend Peter Kominsky (Luke Wilson) are moving in together, with some help from Alex's boyfriend Jason Gibbons (Matt LeBlanc), whose relationship with Alex is on a "time out".

Later, Alex reunites with her father (John Cleese), who is unaware of Alex's job at the agency. While undercover at a local beach, Alex asks Dylan who would be the first of them to leave the agency, since Natalie and Peter moved in together and might get married soon. Later, the Angels head to a motorcycle competition called the Coal Bowl, where the killer, Randy Emmers (Rodrigo Santoro), targets Max Petroni (Shia LaBeouf), who is subsequently sent to Mama Bosley's (Ja'net Dubois) house for protection. During the race, the Thin Man (Crispin Glover) kills Emmers by stabbing him with a shoe knife. The Angels find photos of Alan Caulfield and Max Petroni in Emmers coat pocket, and to their astonishment find a photo of Dylan as well. Dylan reveals to the Angels that she was born Helen Zaas and is in the program herself for sending her ex-boyfriend Seamus O'Grady (Justin Theroux), the leader of the O'Grady Mob, to prison. Max also reveals that the O'Gradys murdered his parents, and he later testified against them. Natalie realizes that Alan Caulfield also testified against the O'Gradys and that they have the H.A.L.O. rings. The Angels next go undercover as nuns at a prep school, where they learn of the Thin Man's past from the mother superior (Carrie Fisher).

The Angels find the rings at the San Pedro Harbour, but Seamus soon appears, whom Dylan hasn't seen in eight years. The Angels engage in a fist fight with Seamus and the O'Grady Mob, and the Angels escape on a motorboat. Natalie attends Peter's high school reunion in Hermosa Beach, and Jason tells Alex's father of her job at the agency. Alex apologizes for not telling him the truth, but he forgives her, declaring that whatever makes her happy, he will support it – unfortunately, he has misinterpreted everything Jason and Alex have told him and now believes his daughter to be a high-class prostitute. Later, Dylan leaves the Agency because she does not want to endanger them with Seamus' vendetta, but a vision of former Angel Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) at a bar in Mexico prompts her to return. Bosley passes his car keys to Ray Carter and reaches for them. Carter passes them back, claiming that they are not his. Natalie and Alex realize that Carter is in on the scheme and faked his injury so he wouldn't be considered a suspect. The Angels deduce that former angel Madison Lee (Demi Moore), who had just killed Carter, is the perpetrator of the crimes due to her being the only individual possessing the necessary contacts to carry out such a scheme. Just as Dylan rejoins the Angels, Madison shoots them and reacquires the rings, however, the Angels were wearing Kevlar vests that saved them.

Madison returns to the agency to "confront" Charlie, rejecting his attempts to remind her that the Angels are a family and shooting his speaker off the desk, coldly sneering that she was not just a good Angel, but was the best, rejecting the idea that she ever needed her teammates. Learning that the rings will be sold after a rendezvous on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Angels travel to Los Angeles. They set the Antonioni Crime Family, the Tanaka Yakuza, and the Diablo Cartel up to be caught by the FBI in a faked rendezvous. With Madison having contacted the O'Gradys to act as security, Alex and Dylan take out the O'Gradys, while Natalie and Madison go head-to-head themselves. Seamus kills the Thin Man just as he shares a kiss with Dylan and Seamus and Dylan fight, just as Seamus was about to burn Dylan with her lighter that he stole earlier, she kicks Seamus off the building and he falls to his death, with the Angels subsequently stopping Madison's attempt to blow up the premiere of Jason's new movie thanks to Bosley knocking the bomb away. Although Madison tries to escape, the Angels defeat her in a final confrontation at an abandoned theatre, throwing her through a gas main just as she fires her gun, causing an explosion that kills her.

At the movie premiere, it is revealed that Mama Bosley adopted Max, Peter bought a puppy for Natalie they named Spike, Jason's "time out" with Alex is over and they share a kiss, and despite moving with Peter, Natalie says she will stay with the agency no matter what, and the Angels celebrate their victory.

Cast[edit]

Cameos[edit]

Development[edit]

The movie starts up abruptly from the first film. A series of online animated episodes explain how the Angels got there and their mission, concluded by the very introduction of the movie.[2] The Seamus O'Grady prison introduction scene is a direct reference to Robert De Niro's prison-set introduction in Cape Fear.[3]

The scene where the Angels go to investigate the body of Agent Caufield dressed as crime-scene professionals is an homage/parody of the long-running CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, complete with the theme "Who Are You" by The Who.

The song "Feel Good Time" is the film's main track, and is performed by P!nk. Whenever Seamus O'Grady (Justin Theroux) appears, he is accompanied by Bernard Hermann's theme from Cape Fear.

The Thin Man character perhaps pays homage to the Thin Man in 1927 German Expressionist film Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang. In the film, Thin Man is ordered by Joh Frederson, master of Metropolis, to spy on his son Freder.

Reception[edit]

The film had a production budget of $120 million. It grossed $100,830,111 at the United States box office and had to depend on earnings from overseas box office to make profit. By the end of its run, the film had grossed $259,175,788 worldwide, performing less than its predecessor.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle received mixed reviews and earned a rating of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 177 reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 48, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Roger Ebert gave the film 2½ stars out of 4,[5] a higher score than the half star he gave to the first film.[6]

The film received seven nominations at the 24th Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actress for both Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, Worst Screenplay and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content), winning two trophies for Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Supporting Actress for Demi Moore.[7]

Demi Moore was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, but lost against co-star Lucy Liu for her role as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 1.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Crocker. "Take 1: Movie firsts that changed cinema forever". MSN Movies. Retrieved June 5, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Charlie's Angels Animated Adventures". Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (June 27, 2003). "Movie Review - Charlie's Angels Full Throttle (2003) - FILM REVIEW; The Strained Family Ties Of Three Athletic Angels". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2013. "Seamus O'Grady (Justin Theroux), a color Xerox of Max Cady from Cape Fear" 
  4. ^ "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle". Metacritic. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Roger Ebert. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  6. ^ Roger Ebert. "Charlie's Angels". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ "‘GIGLI’ Really Wows RAZZIE Voters" (Press release). The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. 2004. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "MTV Movie Awards 2004". MTV. June 4, 2004. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 

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