The screenplay is smartly written by John August ("Go") and has a lot of jokes in it that it takes you a second to get, as well as a lot of inside jokes. One thing I noticed about this movie is, like the series, Charlie remains almost anonymous, they never see him. This movie is directed by McG, a completly anonymous person. Who is McG? Is it just a few random letters or do they mean sometihng, like "Macking Charlie's Girls? or "Men Cook Good".
The movie opens on an airplane where "TJ Hooker: The Movie is showing" and a comment is made along the lines of "Another crappy tv series turned into a movie" First i have to say that the camera work in this movie is spectacular, the action scenes are suburb, and I never though that I'd see Bill Murry and Tim Curry but on Japanese wigs and fat suits and wrestle each other (although that might not be such a good thing).
I won't go into the plot, not that it's important, but the style of the movie, the dialogue, and the characters really take precedence. The action scenes in this movie are VERY similar to "The Matrix," with the slow motion photography and kick ass techno music (virtually ever song from a fight scene in this movie is by Prodigy.. the european group, not the ISP.) The music is awesome, a lot of the songs I'd heard before and each fit the scene rather well. This movie might as well be "Charlie's Angels - The Musical" because there's such a strong emphasis on the music and some of the characters, well Tom Green mostly, sings.
The cast is really cool, I've always thought Tim Burton was cool ever since Rocky Horror Picture Show, and it's surprising to see him get cool roles after he commited career suicide by staring in Muppet Treasure Island. Bill Murray tends to overact and try to chew the scenery, which he does, but the beatuy of the angels tend to keep him from doing so.
Sometimes the storyline or situations get to be a little too much, like when the Angel's and Bosley dress up in Swedish clothing a spank each other while yoddelling in order to scan a guy's retina isn't really THAT necessary (but those girls do look hot doing it!). A lot of scenes have to do with the girls being sexy and acting completly erotic to throw get their way. Drew Barrymore licking a steering wheel and Lucy Liu walking around in leather, carrying a whip and smothering guys faces into her chest... necesary for the plot, no, but necessary for horny teenagers, yes.
Overall, I give this movie 6 out of 10 stars. The action was great, the storyline was great (when they weren't digressing, which happened alot). Although a lot of the action scenes are dirivitive of other movies like "The Matrix" and "Mission Impossible" it's always better to see these girls doing it, then Keanu Reeves, who is only popular because of his ability to say "Whoa." And I happen to think that casting Tom Green as Drew Barrymore's boyfriend was an awesome choice, even though I hate the guy. So, whoever McG (Mr. Cool Guy? My Cat's God? Making Cold Goulash?) is, he deserves thanks for directing such a cool movie.
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