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Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle (2003)

Duration1h 46m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 15, 
Source of storyThe first film, and the original TV series.
DirectorMcG
Writers/ScriptJohn August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
StarringCameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover, Justin Theroux, Robert Patrick, Demi Moore, Shia Labeouf, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, Pink, Carrie Fisher, Jaclyn Smith, Bruce Willis
RatingsIMDb: 4.9 by 123,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 42% by 187 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: The angels, Natalie, Dylan and Alex, are giventhe task of recovering two platinum rings, which, if put together will reveal the names and locations of everybody under witness protection. They trace a man who has already killed some witnesses, to a motocross race, and take part but the man they are following is killed. He has information in his pocket including names of some people including Dylan who, it turns out, is under witness protection for her involvement with Irish mobster Seamus O’Grady. They become involved with Madison Lee, a former Angel, who has gone over to the dark side, gaining control of the rings and finding buyers amongst the mob. 

Content: At various times the Angels appear in bikinis, tight trousers and at one point brief chorus girl’s outfits. Even so no sex or nudity. There are a succession of set pieces, the rescue of a US law man from Mongolians, the motocross race. A lot of interaction with Seamus O’Grady, both in flashback when he was Dylan’s boyfriend, and in the present. There is some interaction with Lee, the ex-angel; later she shoots the angels but they are wearing Kevlar. The Bosley position is occupied by a black man, apparently John’s adoptive brother. Alex’s dad and boyfriend appear. 

A View:  The film was not really liked by most critics, who thought it worse than the first, but I was not actually alone in finding it a bit better. The Dylan backstory was completely needless, particularly since it introduced O’Grady, an amazingly pointless character. I felt that since Drew Barrymore was a producer the whole scenario showed signs of her influence. It was nominated for seven Razzies. I leave you with the Variety review, “bigger sleeker and better than the first”,  so not all bad then.

Additional Info: There are terrific cars in this movie. Lee drives an Enso Ferrari and later an AC Cobra, Natalie drives a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT valued at more than $1 million. 

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