It’s been 19 years since Charlie’s Angels was first rebooted (following the highly successful TV series), and oh boy, that film did not age well.
Nearly two decades on, it’s still a guilty delight to watch Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore kick arse, however, the scenes which once felt like an empowering display of girl-power now fall short.
For those unaware, the basic plot of Charlie’s Angels (2000) is as follows. Natalie (Diaz), Dylan (Barrymore) and Alex (Liu) work as detectives for a mystery millionaire named Charlie and his Townsend Agency. Together with their helper, John Bosley, they defeat bad guys, solve cases and look impeccably – if not horrendously – good while doing it.
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There’s a lot of hair flipping and inappropriate footwear, with bits of casual racism and stereotypes doused in.
Like most things, Charlie’s Angels was a product of its time, and if anything, it’s a clear sign of just how far we’ve come.
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It was evidently made for the male gaze.
A 2019 re-watching of director Joseph McGinty Nichol’s Charlie’s Angels makes it very evident that despite being a film about three women, it really was a film made by men, for men.