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Film / Charlie's Angels
aka: Charlies Angels Full Throttle

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"Once upon a time, there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women. But they have three things in common: They're brilliant, they're beautiful, and they work for me. My name is Charlie."

Once upon a time there was a very successful TV series about three female private detectives. They worked for a mysterious man called Charlie who was never seen, and who called them his "Angels". Almost 20 years after the last episode aired, the franchise was revived as a pair of theatrical films, set in the early 2000's, with a new set of Angels.

It is worth noting that the movie series is not a Continuity Reboot of the series, but a continuation. These movies star Cameron Diaz (Natalie), Lucy Liu (Alex) and Drew Barrymore (Dylan) as the Angels, with John Forsythe returning as the voice of Charlie.

A reboot is set to premiere in November 2019 starring Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Ella Balinska as the titular trio, with Elizabeth Banks directing, producing and playing Bosley.


The first movie provides examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Some of Natalie's outfits. Dylan's too, especially in the first movie race car scenes.
  • Action Girl: Well, obviously.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • The house in which the two kids are playing a videogame when a naked Dylan comes knocking is the same house from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
    • Dylan can also be seen wearing a Harry Potter themed disguise at the start of the first film. Drew Barrymore is a massive fan of the series, and nearly had a cameo in the first Potter film.
    • Bill Murray mentions talking to a squirrel, a reference to his talking to a gopher in Caddyshack.
  • Adorkable:
    • Eric Knox is a "warm, fuzzy" kind of guy. It's all an act.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While there’s still some satisfaction in his death, all Eric Knox wanted was to get revenge on his father’s killer and just so happened to believe it was Charlie. It turns out Knox had his facts wrong: his father was murdered by enemy soldiers when it came out that he was a double agent.
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: It is somewhat of a Running Gag throughout the movies that Dylan always falls for the bad guy. Example: Eric Knox (who she sleeps with, although this is before she knows that he's the Big Bad) and the Thin Man (who was originally going to kiss Alex, according to the filmmakers, but they changed it to Dylan, in keeping with her lust for bad boys).
  • Doesn't Like Guns: The Angels never use firearms. This was on Drew Barrymore's insistence, because she was uncomfortable around firearms.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: This happens a lot to Jason.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Natalie produces many of these (although she seems to use them unintentionally).
    • This exchange between Alex and Corwin (who thinks she's a masseuse):
      Corwin: You're very good... with your hands. I could use someone like you on my staff.
      Alex: Thanks for the offer, but my hands aren't going anywhere near your staff.
  • The Dragon: The Thin Man is this for Eric Knox.
  • Endangered Soufflé: Alex tries to maintain a souffle while bad guys riddle her trailer with bullets. She fails.
  • Fetish: The Thin Man has a rather enthusiastic (and creepy) one for hair.
  • Game Show Appearance: Alex is a five-day Jeopardy! champion.
  • GPS Evidence: Natalie is able to tell where the bad guys are by a bird's chirp in the background of a recording.
  • Hair Flip: Used very often and very intentionally, to the point of parody.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Dylan orders three burgers, three fries, three shakes, and three apple pies. She turns to the others and asks them what'll they have.
  • Latex Perfection:
    Would-Be Bomber: You crazy bastard!
    LL Cool J (With Dylan's voice coming out of his mouth): I think you mean 'crazy bitch'. (Takes off mask to reveal Dylan)
  • Lean and Mean: The Thin Man, hence the name.
  • Lethal Chef: Alex. Her blueberry muffins are so rock hard that one of them ends up embedded in a door.
  • Male Gaze: The movies never shy away from booty focus. So much that the cast actually spoofed it in this video.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Averted. Pete and Jason still stay with with Natalie and Alex respectively in spite of them having to constantly disappear on missions. By the time of the second film, both Pete and Jason are fully aware of their girlfriends' real jobs.
  • No Name Given: The Thin Man is only ever referred to as this (either that, or "Creepy Thin Man") for the first movie - the second movie, however, reveals that his real name is Anthony (his surname is not given, however).
  • Precision F-Strike: When Natalie finds out that Vivian Wood is trying to kill the Angels, she calls her "an all-around bitch''. While there is plenty of mild swearing throughout the movie, having this particular one come out of Natalie's mouth shows just how shocked and angry she is. (The director even admits to wanting to tone it down to "brat".)
  • Rare Guns: Handguns in both movies are Desert Eagles rather than not, including one that Bosley carves from a block of soap with his teeth in the first movie (never mind the Desert Eagle being more than twice as large as any piece of soap out there). Oh, and Madison has got two gold-plated ones.
  • Rule of Funny: The only reason Bosley is able to make a gun out of soap.
  • Self-Deprecation: The opening scene has the in-flight movie "T.J. Hooker: The Movie". The reaction is "Another movie from an old TV show."
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Bosley is kept prisoner in the tower contains references to The Great Escape and Birdman of Alcatraz. The "soap gun" is also a reference to John Dillinger's famous escape.
    • When Dylan falls into the garden of the house where two kids are playing games, it is actually the same house from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which starred a very young Drew Barrymore. Not only that, but an E.T. poster can also be found in this scene.
  • Toplessness from the Back: The Angels make their way to Eric Knox's hideout by sea and take off their wetsuits when approaching, the camera cutting away to their bare backs as they strip.
  • Two-Keyed Lock: Redstar's main computer is behind a locked door that can only be opened by using two director's cards, fingerprints and retinas. Then there's another door with two buttons.
  • Vanity License Plate: Corwin's reads CORWIN with the "win" part underlined.
  • With My Hands Tied: Dylan knocks out five bad guys (after describing in detail what she would do) while tied to a broken chair. Not that she wanted to, but her lighter failed to break her ropes while she was talking them up.
  • You Killed My Father: Eric Knox wants to kill Charlie, as he (mistakenly) believes him to have killed his father.

The second movie provides examples of:

  • Badass Biker: Natalie, Thin Man, Max, Randy Emmers, and and the Coal Bowl MC (P!nk's cameo character).

  • Broken Pedestal: The Angels, especially Natalie, are huge fans of former Angel Madison Lee. Not so much after she's revealed to be the villain.
  • Casting Gag: Carrie Fisher plays a nun, which she also did in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Angels and Madison Lee display moments of this trope. For Madison, she is quick to go for her guns the first chance she gets, shooting the Angels in her first fight with them. However, in the first encounter the Angels are savvy enough to wear kevlar under their clothes and in the second encounter they use a pair of whips to disarm Madison of her guns. In the climactic battle, Madison kicks a piece of the stage at Natalie and holds her at gunpoint. She pretty much has her dead to rights until the other two Angels come to Natalie's rescue.
  • The Cameo: Rapper Eve and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen make cameo appearances (presumably as themselves) in Dylan's imagination (in which she imagines a future with an ever-changing Angel line-up). Other celebrities, playing different characters, also pop up for cameo appearances (P!nk and Carey Hart to name a few).
  • Call-Back: Natalie's love of tickets and ability to spontaneously cause a room to dance return.
  • Continuity Nod: Kelly Garrett from the original series appears, still being played by Jaclyn Smith.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: The Angels' habit of doing this is given a continuity nod when the Big Bad chuckles at their ass-kicking pose and remarks that back in her day, Angels used guns. Cue Dual Wielding golden Desert Eagles.
  • Dramatic Shattering: When Dylan encounters Seamus again for the first time in years, she drops the champagne bottle she's holding in shock and fear, causing it to shatter to pieces.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Well, sort of — more like the entire name is embarrassing: It is revealed that Dylan Sanders used to be named Helen Zass (just say it out loud...), but had to change it after being placed in the Witness Protection Program.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: While hiding in the dark from Seamus's gun-toting mooks, the women silently communicate via tapping Morse into each other's palms before the lights come back on.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Madison Lee prior to the events of Full Throttle
  • Guns Akimbo: Taken up to downright ridiculous amounts with Madison dual-wielding Desert Eagles (.50 Action Express for sure) and the Mongolian with two machine guns (not assault rifles or SMGs but one PKM and one MG42). See also Law of Inverse Recoil.
  • Made of Explodium: Every bike that gets shot or falls over in the dirt bike race scene.
  • Mythology Gag: A few. Most notably, Jaclyn Smith appears as a past Angel.
  • Naked on Arrival: The Angels bursting out of an angelic statue in the buff with strategically placed lighting. In the first film, they also strip off their wetsuits on the way to the Big Bad's stronghold, and it's made clear there's nothing underneath. Both sequences then cut to them having made a clothing change in the meantime.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The Thin Man (although, given what he was able to survive in the first movie, there is a lot of speculation that he may actually still be alive).
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Bosley is conspiciously absent (save for a photo on his family's wall), having been replaced by his adoptive brother. Despite the fact that Bosley appeared to be beloved by the Angels in the first film, here they never seem to miss him for even a moment — nor is his absence (and current whereabouts) ever explained.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Natalie's boyfriend, Pete, attended his high school reunion. At Rydell High, the school featured in Grease.
    • When the Angels visit the abbey, "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music can be heard in the background.
    • Seamus's release from prison is an almost shot-for-shot of Max Cady's release in the remake of Cape Fear, along with the score from the film playing any time Seamus does something creepy.
  • The Speechless: It is revealed that The Thin Man has been a mute since childhood (it is implied to be due to the trauma of losing his parents at a young age). He does make a valiant attempt to speak later on, but he doesn't manage to get the words out... and is stabbed before Dylan (and the audience) get to find out if he can.

Alternative Title(s): Charlies Angels Full Throttle, Charlies Angels


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