ⓘ Charlie's Angels (2000 film)

Charlie's Angels (2000 film)

ⓘ Charlies Angels (2000 film)

Charlies Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, and written by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, and John August. It is the first installment in the Charlies Angels film series, a continuation of the television series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, which is also a continuation of the series story. Unlike the original series, which had dramatic elements, the film features more comical elements.

It stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles. John Forsythe reprised his role as the unseen Charlies voice from the original series. Bill Murray also stars as John Bosley, replacing David Doyle who played the role in the original series. It also stars Sam Rockwell, Tim Curry, Kelly Lynch and Crispin Glover while Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson and Tom Green appear in supporting roles.

It was released on November 3, 2000, in the United States by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label, and has grossed $264 million worldwide. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of Diaz, Barrymore, Liu and Murray as well as its action sequences and humor, but criticisms aimed at the plot and "lack of originality".

It was later followed by the sequels Charlies Angels: Full Throttle in 2003, and a 2019 film of the same name.


1. Plot

Natalie Cook Cameron Diaz, Dylan Sanders Drew Barrymore, and Alex Munday Lucy Liu are the "Angels", three talented, tough, attractive women who work as private investigators together for an unseen millionaire named Charlie voiced by John Forsythe. Charlie uses speakers in his offices to communicate with the Angels, and his assistant Bosley Bill Murray works with them directly when needed.

Charlie assigns the Angels to find Eric Knox Sam Rockwell, a software genius who created a revolutionary voice-recognition system and heads his own company, Knox Enterprises. Knox is believed to have been kidnapped by Roger Corwin Tim Curry, who runs a communications-satellite company called Redstar. The Angels infiltrate a party held by Corwin and spot a suspicious-looking man that they had previously seen from surveillance videos of Knoxs kidnapping. Dubbing him the "Thin Man" Crispin Glover, the Angels chase him down and fight him; he gets away, but the Angels find Knox, safely held nearby.

After the Angels reunite Knox with his business partner Vivian Wood Kelly Lynch, Charlie explains that they must determine whether the Thin Man has stolen Knoxs voice-recognition software. The Angels infiltrate Redstar headquarters, fool the security system, and plant a device in the central computer that will enable them to explore it remotely. They retire for the night after giving Bosley the laptop computer that communicates with the Redstar computer. Dylan takes up Knoxs offer to spend the night with him, and they end up having sex. Afterwards, Knox betrays her; simultaneously, attacks are made on Natalie and Alex, Bosley is captured by Vivian, and Corwin is murdered by the Thin Man. Knox tells Dylan his kidnapping was all faked to get the Angels to help him access the Redstar satellite network. He plans to use it along with his voice recognition software to find and kill Charlie, who Knox asserts killed his father in the Vietnam War.

Dylan escapes and reunites with Natalie and Alex, who survived their attacks. They approach Charlies office just as the building explodes. They find a radio transmitter that Bosley is able to communicate through via a tooth implanted radio transmitter. Bosley provides enough information of where hes captured to allow Natalie to deduce its location, an abandoned lighthouse. With help from Dylans boyfriend Chad Tom Green, the Angels stealthily approach it. Upon finding Knox, Dylans captured by his henchmen. The Angels are too late to stop Knox from determining Charlies location, though they rescue Bosley while Dylan fights off her captors. They come together to defeat Vivian, the Thin Man, and other assorted henchmen, but Knox blows up the lighthouse and flies off in an attack helicopter towards Charlies house. Bosley helps the Angels board it, where Alex reprograms the missile to have it shoot backwards; blowing up the helicopter and killing Knox while the Angels land safely.

Seeing the opportunity to finally meet Charlie in person, they enter the nearby beach house that Knox had targeted, but Charlie has already left. He remotely congratulates the Angels on a job well done through another speaker, and treats them and Bosley to a vacation. Charlie also tells them that Knoxs father was undercover; he was discovered and killed, but not by Charlie. When he speaks to the Angels by telephone on the beach, they ask if they could ever meet him in person. Dylan suspects she sees him nearby talking into a cell phone, but doesnt tell the group; opting to raise a toast to Charlie instead. Bosley playfully douses the Angels with his drink, and they chase him towards the ocean. From afar, a silhouetted Charlie watches them and walks off.


2. Cast

  • Matt LeBlanc as Jason Gibbons, Alexs boyfriend
  • Sam Rockwell as Eric Knox, a software genius and heads of Knox Enterprises
  • Luke Wilson as Pete Komisky, Natalies love interest
  • Lucy Liu as Alexandra "Alex" Munday
  • Crispin Glover as the Thin Man, a mysterious assassin
  • Tom Green as Chad, Dylans boyfriend
  • Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook
  • John Forsythe as the voice of Charles "Charlie" Townsend, the owner of the Townsend agency
  • Karen McDougal as Roger Corwins Girlfriend
  • Bill Murray as John Bosley. Murray replaces David Doyle who portrayed the character in the television series, following Doyles death in 1997.
  • Tim Curry as Roger Corwin, heads of communications-satellite company Redstar
  • Mike Smith as Knox Thug
  • Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders
  • Kelly Lynch as Vivian Wood, Knoxs business partner
  • Sean Whalen as Pasqual, a terrorist
  • Melissa McCarthy as Doris, a secretary at Redstar
  • Alex Trebek as Himself
  • LL Cool J as Mr. Jones, Dylans secret identity in the first scene

3.1. Reception Box office

The film opened on November 3, 2000, earning $13.7 million in its opening day, debuting at the top of the box office. For its first weekend, the film grossed $40.1 million dethroning Meet the Parents, which had stayed at number-one for four weeks. Eventually, Charlies Angels grossed a total of $125.305.545 domestically.

Against a budget of $93 million Charlies Angels grossed $125.3 million in North America and $148.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $264.1 million, making it the 12th highest-grossing film of 2000.


3.2. Reception Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 68% approval rating based on 145 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The sites critical consensus reads: "Mixing tongue-in-cheek cheesecake with glossy action set pieces, Charlies Angels is slick and resonably fun despite its lack of originality." On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, it has a score of 52 out of 100 based on reviews from 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

David Edelstein for despite expecting to hate the film he found he loved it, calling it "A charming, hyper-energetic, and wittily self-aware action comedy about gorgeous girls". Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B grade, with particular praise for Cameron Diaz performance, saying "not just an Angel – thats a star." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine calls the film a "guilty pleasure" and praises the wire work and fight choreography of Cheung-Yan Yuen. Travers is critical of the thin plot but says it is "the film’s quirky sense of mischief, which sets it apart" from lesser television to film adaptations. Desson Howe of The Washington Post says "The gals are fab. And sos the movie." He expresses mild disappointment at the men, commenting that Murray is funnier than the role written for him, and that even though Tom Green "does his weirdest best" he is only mildly amusing.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a movie without a brain. Charlies Angels is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie" and gave it half a star out of a possible 4 stars. Manohla Dargis wrote "Of course, its terrible – but did it have to be this bad?" Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "An utter debacle" and says the film "makes the show look like the height of creativity, imagination and restraint". LaSalle blames director McG comparing the film to a trailer or music video. He is also critical of the deliberate decision to make the three women very similar, and says "The Angels goofiness is a big disappointment, second only to the shocking ineptitude of McG."

During the making of Blade II, Guillermo del Toro commented that while films like Charlies Angels had helped to popularize the wire fu style of fighting choreography in Western films, they also served as a "nail in the coffin" and prompted many filmmakers to want to get back to more "hard-hitting" action. "The moment you see Cameron Diaz flying in the air, and you know that she is incapable of flying in the air and kicking five guys. you realize that it is done using wires. was almost satirical," he said.


4. Home media

Charlies Angels was released on both VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001, in widescreen-only on both formats. It became the first film to be released on Blu-ray Disc in 2006. It was then released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 22, 2019.


5. Soundtrack

Charlies Angels is the soundtrack album from the film of the same name. The album was released on October 24, 2000 by Columbia Records.

Other songs are not included in the soundtrack
  • "I Love Rock n Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • "Simon Says" by Pharoahe Monch
  • "Twiggy Twiggy" by Pizzicato Five
  • "Song 2" by Blur
  • "Live Wire" by Motley Crue
  • "Angel" by Rod Stewart
  • "Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer
  • "Belly" by Nomad
  • "When Angels Yodel" written and arranged by Frank Marocco
  • "The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground
  • "Another Town" by Transister
  • "Principles of Lust" by Enigma
  • "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
  • "All the Small Things" by Blink-182
  • "Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic Calm
  • "Undercover Angel" by Alan ODay
  • "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton
  • "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto
  • "Money Thats What I Want" by The Flying Lizards
  • "Skullsplitter" by Hednoize
  • "Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy
  • "Zendeko Hachijo" by Zenshuji Zendeko
  • "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!
  • "Blind" by Korn
  • "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News


6. Sequels

A sequel called Charlies Angels: Full Throttle released in 2003. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu reprised their roles, as did John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie in his last film role. Following Bill Murray departure from the franchise, Bernie Mac joined the cast as Jimmy Bosley, Johns adoptive brother, while Demi Moore had a major role, and Jaclyn Smith reprised her role as Kelly Garrett from the original television series. The franchise was confirmed for a third and fourth film, but in 2004, the ideas were cancelled.

On September 15, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Sony are rebooting the film with Elizabeth Banks both producing with her producing partner and husband Max Handelman and the studio are in negotiations with her to direct the film. On April 13, 2016, Sony has confirmed that Banks will direct the reboot. It was later revealed that the new movie wont be a reboot or a remake of the franchise, but rather a continuation that will incorporate the events of the original TV series and the McG-directed 2000s films.

The third installment stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels. Banks and Djimon Hounsou also star as Charlies assistants, known as Bosleys, while Patrick Stewart replaced Bill Murray in the role of John Bosley and Jaclyn Smith reprised her role as Kelly Garrett for the second time for a cameo appearances. It is also the first installment to feature Robert Clotworthy as the voice of Charlie; replacing John Forsythe, following his death in 2010.

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