Thursday, September 18, 2008

Charlie's Angels (2000)

Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Charlie's Angels
I had originally intended to simply write about Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle but it was eating away at me that owned the sequel but not the original Charlie's Angels on DVD. Fortunately for me, Newbury Comics had a copy in their used section.1 The movie is a "remake"2 of the original TV series and stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu as the titular Angels and Bill Murray as Bosley. The movie marked a feature film directing debut for McG, who prior to this time had largely worked on music videos.

Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Charlie's Angels
In a lot of ways, the Angels raise many of the same third-wave feminist questions as shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer do. The Angels are physically and mentally quite powerful. A lot of their power is based on their sex appeal. While this does a great deal towards showing women as both sexually empowered and capable, the movie does reinforce many ideologies about how women should embody femininity. We are supposed to believe that Barrymore, Diaz, and Liu are all capable of some pretty intense feats of strength, yet they all seem to lack some of the necessary musculature to actually accomplish these goals in real life. It's a dilema that faces third-wave feminist analysis, and one that I'm not sure can easily be decided in a blog post.

The only part of Charlie's Angels that I don't care for is the inclusion of Tom Green. I'm not certain if his ill-fated romance with Barrymore began before or during this film, but either way,I find his scenes remarkably unfunny. Fortunately, the comedy talents of Murray, Tim Curry, and even the Angels compensates for Green's lack.

Bill Murray, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Charlie's Angels
1. Normally I don't like to buy used DVDs, but it was only $5.99 and I've had some success with Newbury Comics used DVDs in the past. I also picked up a copy of The Big Lebowski: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
2. I'm not certain if remake is the correct term for a feature film based on a television series, whereas it may be appropriate for a "relaunched" TV series, like Battlestar Galactica.

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