- Actors: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Korean
- Dubbed: French
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct. 21 2003
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005JLYW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,431 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (Widescreen Unrated Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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The "Angels", three investigative agents (Barrymore, Diaz and Liu) who work for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, return for another high-octane series of adventures as they investigate the theft of a database of witness protection profiles, after five of the people on the list are murdered. They're aided by a new Bosley (Bernie Mac), in an adventure which pits them against a "fallen angel" (Moore), their old nemesis, the Thin Man (Glover), and others.
Outstanding picture and sound plus tons of features make Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle a fully loaded DVD. Don't expect more T&A in the unrated edition, however. The only difference is glimpses of more intense violence in a few of the fight scenes. For example, in the theatrical version you'll see an angel flying through the air, but in the unrated version you'll then see her lying expressionless on the ground. Also, blood flies out of Drew Barrymore's mouth in one scene. On his commentary track, director McG discusses inside jokes, visual effects, and shots that didn't quite work for him. Like a TV sportscaster, he uses a telestrator, but only to occasionally circle items of interest or draw arrows. There's also an amusing commentary track by the three writers, who chuckle over inside jokes and discuss how the film was changed from the original script. They preface their comments with: "I guess they asked us to do this just to prove that writers worked on this movie." "Who are we kidding? Who's listening to this right now?"
If you want still more info, there's a trivia track with pop-up factoids with occasional links to more featurettes, a jukebox that offers clips of 11 songs and explanations of why they were picked, a cameo-graphy that offers clips of 13 personalities and why we should know them, and eight 4- to 18-minute featurettes exploring such topics as stunts, vehicles, costumes, and the Pussycat Dolls dance troupe. And in the next evolution of product placement, the DVD-ROM "Shop the Scene" feature allows you to search for a character's outfit or gadget then buy it online. --David Horiuchi
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The plot is just hilariously bad and goes nowhere from the very start. The threesome trio are now assigned on a mission to recover some device that has top secret inscriptions in it that has gone missing and the witnesses to the crime have been turning up dead right and left and the three hunt down the culprit of the slayings and they discover that the villainess is actually a 'fallen angel' named Madison Lee (Demi Moore) who betrayed them and went bad and now the mission is to recover the device before Madison gets a hold of it.
A lot of the stunts are laughable and highly unrealistic even for most of the best stuntmen in the world and some of the chases and motorcycle stunts by both the good and bad guys would make even Evel Knievel cringe. How do they dodge bullets that are fired at them while they are in mid-air? Hell both the good and bad guys fire enormous hailstorms of bullets at each other while in mid-air on the motorcycles but not one of the rounds come close to their targets even though they are no more than a few feet away. Strange huh? The various special effects are just messy and excessively loud and overblown plus some scenes felt more like ripoffs of some sequences from the "Matrix" trilogy but faring much worse.
The characters in the movie are absolutely stupid and completely kill off anything that could've been even remotely good about this film. The threesome trio resort to some of the dumbest female heroine behavior that I've ever seen in any movie and resorting to trashy behavior like some drunken stripper after having no sleep for several days. I'm no prude but this movie is just a sickening example of the exploitation of both genders and rendering the women characters as nothing but objects and the men as nothing but like canines going into season. I'm sorry but the characters come off as being absolutely stupid and without any personality.
The cast of this movie is really excellent and could've been made a really spectacular movie but almost every actress and actor completely drops the ball on this one with completely bone dry acting and the script is weak and has no chance of being anywhere near consistent. The jokes by the minor background characters are not even funny and are just plain stupid to say the least. Demi Moore as the villainess Madison Lee isn't bad in my opinion but she really squandered her chance at creating a really formidable villainous character and comes off as being nothing more than a caffeine-drenched cat that has gone into it's season. And Moore went through heavy exercise training just for a measley few minutes throughout the whole film? They really squandered their chance at making Madison Lee a really formidable villainess. What a waste of a great opportunity! Bernie Mac is really funny as Bosley and I really liked Bernie's portrayal of Bosley because he is a really excellent comedian but even he could not save this sequel from becoming thermal depolymerization plant material. Madison Lee and Bosley were the only good things about this movie but their meager screen time could not add up to enough to save this movie from falling into the extreme end of mediocrity.
This movie is a sad example of how the seedy parts of Hollywood are brought up from the bottom of the barrel right up to the big screen where both men and women are reduced to nothing but nymphomaniac puppies in season. I for one and not turned on by excessive innuendos. The first movie was saved by limiting such excessive tackiness but this sequel is loaded with completely repulsive innuendos throughout the movie and it's not even appealing at all. It's disgusting and absolutely insulting to anyone who values the other gender.
This sequel ruins the fun legacy of the "Charlie's Angels" franchise and this movie has no destiny other than heading straight from the garbage truck right into the landfill or better yet, the thermal depolymerization plant where it belongs. It's really sad how we are wasting our natural resources in manufacturing awful movies like this. Don't even rent this garbage. There is no point in wasting one's time on such a lousy and pathetic film like this. If there is to be a third installment in the series, I have very low expectations for it being good but even then, I fear it will disappoint once again the same way "Full Throttle" did with me.
This could really have been a great sequel but they totally blew it with this one. Avoid this movie at all costs.
I felt that way two weeks ago, when I turned on Movie Central and saw that Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle was on. I meant to just leave it on and read my book while my wife did whatever she was doing on the computer. But I found myself constantly looking up, and finally just put the book down. Much like the above mentioned wreck, I was sickened yet fascinated. Also like the above accident, it was sort of neat to see the explosions but I wasn't happy with myself afterward for staying and observing it.
I will give the movie credit for one thing. It takes you by the throat at the beginning and says "don't expect any semblance of realism in the following 105 minutes. You won't be getting any. Take my advice, or you'll be even more disappointed." After finally letting me down (my throat still hurts), I was equipped to watch it without engaging any brain cells whatsoever. It was amazing. I tried to take a poll afterwards, but all of the cells were out for the night (there was a sign on the door that said "since you won't be using us tonight, we'll be down at the pub"). The movie does this by having a completely impossible sequence where a helicopter starts up and takes off as it's falling off of a dam (face-down). It does a neat 90 degree turn, just as it's about to hit the water, and flies away. And that's the most believable thing in the movie!
The plot, what there is of it, is about a rogue Angel trying to sell an encrypted list of FBI witness protection people to the highest bidder. It's no spoiler that Moore is the bad gal in this one, as the marketing of the movie trumpeted the fact. Our three Angels begin the movie by rescuing Ray Carter from North Korea, and then being tasked with finding out who killed the other person who has a key to the encryption. There are a couple of "twists" that are seen miles away, and Moore gets to be super-threatening (showing how evil she is by double-crossing somebody and blowing them away).
While it's a thin plot, it's also incoherent, held together by the barest of bikini straps as we are led from one soft-core male fantasy to another. In one sequence, in order to get a valuable key and security card from a dock worker, the Angels do a long involved strip-tease. I didn't time it, but I would guess the sequence took almost five minutes. As a full-blooded male, I can't say I was that disappointed, but it's a good thing my brain cells were off getting drunk, because they would have rebelled otherwise. It's obvious that the three ladies were just having fun with this flick, and perhaps this scene just let them be the exhibitionist they always wanted to be.
Barrymore's character also gets a little bit of angst, as we find out that she was on the list for something that happened years ago. She quits the team and heads of to Mexico, where she has a vision of one of the earlier Angels (Jacqueline Smith, who doesn't look too bad, but you have to wonder what she would look like without the soft-focus lens) that prompts her to come back into the fold. I thought it was a nice homage back to the original series, and something that the first movie could have used, but oh well. The other characters don't get much to do other than fight and look beautiful. They're all given love-interests, but there's no chemistry between them. Liu's character is given an English father, which could have been interesting if anything had been done with it. However, that wouldn't do in a popcorn movie like this one, so instead we get a Three's Company rip-off that's painful to watch. Thankfully, both scenes are pretty short.
Moore is interesting, however. She treats it like the fluff role it is, but she gives it just enough bite to wish that she had killed off the other three and taken over the agency herself. She lights up the screen whenever she's on, and it's probably her best role in a while. The other actor who acquits himself well is Bernie Mac. He brings a lot of fun to the picture, and I loved his "Black Irish" exchange with one of the dock workers. I found his presence completely implausible, especially with the reference to the previous Bosley (Bill Murray), but I loved the way Mac portrayed his character. There is an homage to Murray's not being around, but it would been nice to include the other previous Bosley from the series in the homage. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything.
Everybody else either chews the scenery with relish or just has a blast without exercising any of their acting chops. The action is frenetic and well-choreographed, and there's something to be said for watching beautiful women kick a bunch of guys' butts, so the movie has that as well. However, the above compliments encompass the only good things in this movie. If you happen to stumble across it during your movie travels, and you can't find anything else to watch, then you may be rewarded. But c'mon. There's got to be some yard work to do or something.
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