Charlie's Angels (2000 film)

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Charlie's Angels
Charlies Angels (2000) Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMcG
Written by
Based on
Produced by
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited by
Music byEdward Shearmur
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release dates
Running time
98 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$93 million[2]
Box office$264.1 million[2]

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. Unlike the original series, which had dramatic elements, the film features more comical elements.

It stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles. John Forsythe reprised his role as the unseen Charlie's voice from the original series. Bill Murray also stars as John Bosley, replacing David Doyle who played the role in the original series. It also stars Sam Rockwell, Tim Curry and Kelly Lynch while Crispin Glover, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson and Tom Green appear in supporting roles.

It was released on November 3, 2000, in the United States by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label, and has grossed $264 million worldwide. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of Diaz, Barrymore, Liu and Murray as well as its action sequences and humor, but criticisms aimed at the plot and "lack of originality".[3]


Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz), Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore), and Alex Munday (Lucy Liu) are the "Angels", three talented, tough, attractive women who work as private investigators together for an unseen millionaire named Charlie Townsend (voiced by John Forsythe). Charlie uses speakers in his offices to communicate with the Angels, and his assistant Bosley (Bill Murray) works with them directly when needed.

Charlie assigns the Angels to find Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), a software genius who created a revolutionary voice-recognition system and heads his own company, Knox Enterprises. Knox is believed to have been kidnapped by Roger Corwin (Tim Curry), who runs a communications-satellite company called Redstar. The Angels infiltrate a party held by Corwin and spot a suspicious-looking man that they had previously seen from surveillance videos of Knox's kidnapping. Dubbing him the "Thin Man" (Crispin Glover), the Angels chase him down and fight him; he gets away, but the Angels find Knox, safely held nearby.

After the Angels reunite Knox with his business partner Vivian Wood (Kelly Lynch), Charlie explains that they must determine whether the Thin Man has stolen Knox's voice-recognition software. The Angels infiltrate Redstar headquarters, fool the security system, and plant a device in the central computer that will enable them to explore it remotely. They retire for the night after giving Bosley the laptop computer that communicates with the Redstar computer. Dylan takes up Knox's offer to spend the night with him, and they end up having sex. Afterwards, Knox betrays her; simultaneously, attacks are made on Natalie and Alex, Bosley is captured by Vivian, and Corwin is murdered by the Thin Man. Knox tells Dylan his kidnapping was all faked to get the Angels to help him access the Redstar satellite network. He plans to use it along with his voice recognition software to find and kill Charlie, who Knox asserts killed his father in the Vietnam War.

Dylan escapes and reunites with Natalie and Alex, who survived their attacks. They approach Charlie's office just as the building explodes. They find a radio transmitter that Bosley is able to communicate through via a tooth implanted radio transmitter. Bosley provides enough information of where he's captured to allow Natalie to deduce its location, an abandoned lighthouse. With help from Dylan's boyfriend Chad (Tom Green), the Angels stealthily approach it. Upon finding Knox, Dylan is captured by his henchmen, and is tied up and gagged. The Angels are too late to stop Knox from determining Charlie's location, though they rescue Bosley while Dylan fights off her captors. They come together to defeat Vivian, the Thin Man, and other assorted henchmen, but Knox blows up the lighthouse and flies off in an attack helicopter towards Charlie's house. Bosley helps the Angels board it, where Alex reprograms the missile to have it shoot backwards; blowing up the helicopter and killing Knox while the Angels land safely.

Seeing the opportunity to finally meet Charlie in person, they enter the nearby beach house that Knox had targeted, but Charlie has already left. He remotely congratulates the Angels on a job well done through another speaker, and treats them and Bosley to a vacation. Charlie also tells them that Knox's father was undercover; he was discovered and killed, but not by Charlie. When he speaks to the Angels by telephone on the beach, they ask if they could ever meet him in person. Dylan suspects she sees him nearby talking into a cell phone, but does not tell the group; opting to raise a toast to Charlie instead. Bosley playfully douses the Angels with his drink, and they chase him towards the ocean. From afar, a silhouetted Charlie watches them and walks off.


One of the most widely reproduced publicity images from Charlie's Angels features (L to R) Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore in defensive posture as they prepare to subdue The Thin Man.


According to Thandiwe Newton, she was the original choice for Alex Monday, but declined as she did not want to be "objectified" or play racial stereotypes. The role went to Lucy Liu.[4]


Box office[edit]

The film opened on November 3, 2000, earning $13.7 million in its opening day, debuting at the top of the box office. For its first weekend, the film grossed $40.1 million dethroning Meet the Parents, which had stayed at number-one for four weeks. Eventually, Charlie's Angels grossed a total of $125,305,545 domestically.

Against a budget of $93 million Charlie's Angels grossed $125.3 million in North America and $148.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $264.1 million, making it the 12th highest-grossing film of 2000.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 68% approval rating based on 146 reviews, with an average rating of 6.20/10. 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."[5] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, it has a score of 52 out of 100 based on reviews from 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

David Edelstein for Slate, wrote, despite expecting to hate the film, he found he loved it, calling it "A charming, hyper-energetic, and wittily self-aware action comedy about gorgeous girls".[6] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B grade, with particular praise for Cameron Diaz's performance, saying "not just an Angel – that's a star."[7] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the film a "guilty pleasure" and praised the wire work and fight choreography of Cheung-Yan Yuen. Travers was critical of the thin plot but said it is "the film's quirky sense of mischief, which sets it apart" from lesser television to film adaptations.[8] Desson Howe of The Washington Post said "The gals are fab. And so's the movie." He expressed mild disappointment at the men, commenting that Murray is funnier than the role written for him, and that even though Tom Green "does his weirdest best" he is only mildly amusing.[9]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a movie without a brain. Charlie's Angels is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie" and gave it half a star out of a possible 4 stars.[10] Manohla Dargis wrote "Of course, it's terrible – but did it have to be this bad?"[11] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "An utter debacle" and said the film "makes the show look like the height of creativity, imagination and restraint". LaSalle blames director McG comparing the film to a trailer or music video. He was also critical of the deliberate decision to make the three women very similar, and says "The Angels' goofiness is a big disappointment, second only to the shocking ineptitude of McG." [12]

During the making of Blade II, Guillermo del Toro commented that while films like Charlie's Angels had helped to popularize the wire fu style of fighting choreography in Western films, they also served as a "nail in the coffin" and prompted many filmmakers to want to get back to more "hard-hitting" action.[13] "The moment you see Cameron Diaz flying in the air, and you know that she is incapable of flying in the air and kicking five guys... you realize that it is done using wires. [...] I mean, Charlie's Angels was great, but it[s fighting style] was almost satirical," he said.[13]


Award Category Subject Result
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[14] Worst Supporting Actor Tom Green (also for Road Trip) Won
Most Unfunny Comic Relief Won
Worst On-Screen Group The Angels Nominated
Worst Song "Independent Women, Part 1" by Destiny's Child Nominated
Worst Resurrection of a TV Show Columbia Pictures Nominated

Home media[edit]

Charlie's Angels was released on both VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001, in widescreen-only on both formats. It became the first film to be released on Blu-ray Disc in 2006.[15] It was then released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 22, 2019.[16]


Charlie's Angels is the soundtrack album from the film of the same name. The album was released on October 24, 2000 by Columbia Records and Hollywood Records. [17]

Charlie's Angels
Studio album by
Various artists
ReleasedOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Charlie's Angels soundtracks chronology
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle

Singles from Charlie's Angels
  1. "Independent Women"
    Released: September 14, 2000
  2. "Angel's Eye"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Charlie's Angels 2000"
    Released: November 27, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed byLength
1."Independent Women"Destiny's Child3:37
2."Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"
3."You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"Leo Sayer3:41
4."True"Gary KempSpandau Ballet5:33
  • Knowles
  • Errol "Poppi" McCalla
Destiny's Child3:50
6."Boom! Shake the Room"Will Smith, Danny G, Ray Hayden, Lee Haggard, Keith Mayberry, Walter Morrison, Wayne Williams, Marshall Jones, Norman Napier, Andrew NolandDJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince4:22
7."Angel's Eye"Aerosmith3:22
9."Turning Japanese"David FentonThe Vapors3:41
10."Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"Elliot LurieLooking Glass3:22
11."Got to Give It Up"Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye4:12
12."Ya Mama"Norman CookFatboy Slim4:29
13."Groove Is in the Heart"Deee-Lite3:53
14."Charlie's Angels 2000"Apollo 4403:54
15."Tangerine Speedo"Caviar and DominguezCaviar3:41
Total length:58:22
Other songs are not included in the soundtrack


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[19] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 2× Platinum 1,660,000[21]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Sequels and reboot[edit]

A sequel called Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle released in 2003. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu reprised their roles, as did John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie in his last film role. Following Bill Murray's departure from the franchise, Bernie Mac joined the cast as Jimmy Bosley, John's adoptive brother, while Demi Moore had a major role, and Jaclyn Smith reprised her role as Kelly Garrett from the original television series. The franchise was confirmed for a third and fourth film, but in 2004, the ideas were cancelled.

On September 15, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Sony would be rebooting the film with Elizabeth Banks producing with her producing partner and husband Max Handelman and the studio were in negotiations with her to direct the film.[23] On April 13, 2016, Sony confirmed that Banks would direct the reboot.[24] It was later revealed that the new movie would not be a reboot or a remake of the franchise, but rather a continuation that would incorporate the events of the original TV series and the McG-directed 2000s films.[25]

The 2019 follow-up film starred Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels. Banks and Djimon Hounsou also starred as Charlie's assistants, known as Bosleys, while Patrick Stewart replaced Bill Murray in the role of John Bosley and Jaclyn Smith reprised her role as Kelly Garrett for the second time for a cameo appearances. It was also the first installment to feature Robert Clotworthy as the voice of Charlie, replacing John Forsythe following his death in 2010.


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