Flashback Friday: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

When a film is successful, the obvious response from the powers that be is to greenlight a sequel. Whether or not that second film has the same success as its predecessor is not as certain.

The 2003 movie, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is the follow-up to the 2000 film, Charlie’s Angels. After three years, the Angels- Dylan (Drew Barrymore), Alex (Lucy Liu), and Natalie (Cameron Diaz) have another case on their hands. Led by the ever-faithful Bosley (the late Bernie Mac, replacing Bill Murray), they have to locate and protect two rings that contain information on the Federal Witness Protection Program database.

Standing in their way is the potentially suspect fallen Angel Madison (Demi Moore) and bad guy/Dylan’s ex Seamus (Justin Theroux).

As sequels go, it’s not bad. The problem is that the spark that made its predecessor successful is dimmed. It is entertaining, but not as good as the original narrative.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Charlie’s Angels (2019) Review

A beloved IP that lasts multiple generations has a certain something that keeps appealing to audiences. It also has the ability to adapt to the times.

The 2019 version is the second big-screen reboot of the 1970’s television series, Charlie’s Angels. The previous revival hit theaters in 2000. The Angels in this movie are Kristen Stewart (Sabina), Naomi Scott (Elena), and Ella Balinksa (Jane). When Bosley (Sir Patrick Stewart) decides that it is time to retire, his role is taken over by another Bosley (Elizabeth Banks, who also directed the film). The action starts when Elena, who works as a systems engineer, reveals that the technology her company is about to release has the potential to be used for less than honorable motives. Changing careers, Elena becomes part of the team and fights to save the world.

I tried to watch it, but I could only get through the first hour. The best way to describe it is that it has “potential”. This means that it is not good. On the surface, this movie has the hallmarks of both of its predecessors. But whatever “it” is that made both the television program and the 2000 adaptation successful, that certain something is either lacking or non-existent.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

Thoughts On the Potential Buffy and Nanny Reboots

Success in the entertainment industry in general and on television is sometimes like catching lightning in a bottle. You may get lucky once, but getting lucky twice is an opportunity that very few experience.

Nostalgia, especially in Hollywood is often the impetus for the creation of certain television shows and movies. These days, nostalgia for the 1990’s opened the door for both Will and Grace and Roseanne (that is, before the show was cancelled due to the Roseanne Barr’s Twitter foot in mouth disease) to be successfully rebooted. But that doesn’t mean that every rebooted movie or television show based on a classic will be a hit.

Back in the day, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Nanny were two of the most popular shows on television. So naturally the question came about from the studios about rebooting both Buffy and The Nanny.

As much as I would be interested in a reboot of both shows, the reality is that not every television show that was rebooted was successful. The modern reboots of Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman failed miserably.

Only time will tell if both shows are rebooted and how successful the reboots may be. But sometimes, it’s best to let the past remain in the past and that includes television shows.

Late Flashback Friday- Charlie’s Angels TV Series (1976-1981)

If an indication of how iconic a television show is that generations later, those who were not yet born or those who were very young at the time know it by a single phrase or image, then Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981) is an iconic television show.

A mysterious man with too much money and time on his hands hires three female detectives, Jill Munroe (the late Farrah Fawcett), Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) and Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson) to investigate and solve crimes. Led by Bosley (David Boyle), the women get into some fairly hairy situations in the process of solving the crimes.

Part of the jiggle television era, Charlie’s Angels had a feminist subtext. In an era where television and America were loosening moral purse strings of the 1950’s and early 1960’s, Charlie’s Angels represented the future of the industry and the cultural landscape.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Flashback Friday- Drew Barrymore Double Feature- Never Been Kissed (1999) & Charlie’s Angels (2000)

The name of Drew Barrymore conjures up a number of images. She was the little girl who stole our hearts in E.T., the former child star who found refuge in alcohol and drugs as a young woman and finally actress/producer/wife/mother, who has turned both her personal and professional life around.

In 1999, Drew starred in Never Been Kissed. Josie Geller (Barrymore) did not have the greatest high school experience. At the age of 25, she is eager to move up the corporate ladder from copywriter to reporter. Her chance comes when she is offered the assigned to go undercover as a high school student and peek into the minds of then current teenage population.  Unlike his sister, Josie’s brother, Rob (David Arquette) was Mr. Popular in high school. Rob offers to help his sister with her assignment. The problems arise when Josie starts to develop feelings for Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan), the English teacher who does not know that Josie is not 17.

I like this movie. I love the what if factor. What if we could go back to high school or any part of lives that we look back at with disdain and do what we really wanted or wished that we could have done? Especially for those of us whose high school experiences were unhappy ones. Would we have the courage to talk to the boy or girl that we had a crush on? Would we say yes to something when we said no at the time? What would we do differently if we had the opportunity all over again?

A year later, Charlie’s Angels was released. A film reboot of the classic 1970’s television series,  Barrymore c0-starred with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. While the basic premise of the show remained intact, the angels were new characters with a new case to solve.

This movie is just plain fun.  While keeping the slight cheese factor and the always awesome girl power that was the driving force of the television series, the angels did not use guns to fight. Which is nice because in most movies that fall within the action genre, the lead character usually relies on a gun as their primary weapon.

The fact that Barrymore starred and produced both of these movies is a testament to her intelligence and fortitude.

I recommend both.

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