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Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Bernie Mac
John August
106 Mins.
 "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" Review 

I've established a certain reputation for fairness, for balance and for understanding even the most understandable critics. So, my next statement may seem harsh. If you gave Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle an A+ then you are a mentally ill, lobotomized human being lower on the food chain than a chia pet. Okay, I feel much better now.

This film, directed by McG and starring the usual cast of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore with Bernie Mac taking over Bill Murray's role, is an exercise is mindlessly stupid filmmaking, idiotic scripting, boring action and a disjointed film with scenes outside plotlines...wait, was there a plot?

The film has so many fun curiosities that I find myself unable to fail it...first, I do actually enjoy the cast here even though they are surrounded by a horrid film unworthy of them. I'm still undecided on the switch to Bernie Mac, but I tend to like his approach...additionally, supporting cast members such as Crispin Glover and Justin Theroux, Bruce Willis (significantly brief cameo...stupid one actually), Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, Pink, Eric Bogosian, Carrie Fisher (Have you noticed how many times she seems to play a nun in a cameo?), the Olsen twins...the list goes on and on and on.

Demi Moore steps in to play a bad girl here, and well, mostly she's just bad. I preferred ex-hubby Bruce Willis' brief cameo to her garbage, throwaway role here.

The film actually won some costuming awards, but it also captured Razzie's for Worst Supporting Actress (Moore), Worst Sequel and got Razzie nominations for Worst Actress for both Barrymore and Diaz. It also got Razzie nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Excuse for a Picture (I love that one).

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is pure, cinematic hell.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic