Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, and written by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, and John August. It is the first installment in the Charlie's Angels film series, a continuation of the television series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, which is also a continuation of the series story.
A trio of elite private investigators armed with the latest in high-tech tools, high-performance vehicles, martial arts techniques, and an array of disguises unleash their state-of-the-art skills on land, sea, and air to track down a kidnapped billionaire-to-be and keep his top-secret voice-identification software out of lethal hands. They're beautiful, they're brilliant, and they work for Charlie. In "Charlie's Angels," a sexy, high-octane update of the original '70s action-comedy TV series.
- It is very faithful to the 1976 original television series.
- Perfect casting choices for the angels, Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook, Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders, Lucy Liu as Alex Munday, Bill Murray as John Bosley, and it managed to fit the characters of Charlie's Angels pretty well.
- The action sequences are pretty cool to watch.
- The humor is great, and it doesn't screw it up very well.
- At least the story makes scenes, for the most part.
- Wonderful acting for the casts of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu.
- Amazing cinematography.
- Our Charlie's Angels still retain their charm, and chemistry with one another from the show, though less than the show itself.
- In addition, the performances for Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu are generally great for all of the main characters.
- The soundtrack that was performed by Edward Shearmur is amazing.
- The plot is can be kinda silly and cliche, and the story can be rather confusing.
- Factual error: The kids are playing 'Final Fantasy VIII' with 2 controllers but it's a one-player game.
- It can feel rather sexist against men at times.
The film received mix-to-positive reviews from critics and fans of the original series, the film has a 68% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 145 reviews with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Mixing tongue-in-cheek cheesecake with glossy action set pieces, Charlie's Angels is slick and reasonably fun despite its lack of originality. Metacritic scores a film 52/100 based on reviews from 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
- Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett were all invited to make cameo appearances in the film, but declined. Reportedly, Fawcett said she would only do it if she were allowed to be the voice of Charlie, and Jackson insisted on playing the role of Vivian Wood that ultimately went to Kelly Lynch. Ultimately, John Forsythe and Smith did appear in the sequel, and Smith's role was uncredited. Cheryl Ladd was up for a cameo, but the producers only wanted the original three.