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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, ...

Why we can't wait to see ''Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle''

THE STORY Bad guys leak the Witness Protection Program's secret names list, and all the squawkers drop like flies. Enter Charlie's Angels. The jaw-droppingly jiggy crimefighters (above, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu) don their hip-huggers and hot pants for a second go at it.

THE GOODIES Well, let's see. There are Angels in bubbly carwash swimwear; lasso-toting Angels in cowboy duds; tough-looking Angels in motocross biker gear.... Heck, we'd have settled for Angels in frumpy pajamas and hair curlers. (The boys -- Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc, but NOT Tom Green -- are back, too.)

CREATIVE CASTING Bernie Mac sits in for Bill Murray as the Angels' boss. Producers insist he's not replacing John Bosley; instead, they're brothers (John was adopted, so the story goes). Now, ''Good morning, Charlie'' becomes ''What's happenin', Charlie?'' Plus, in a rare villain role, Demi Moore plays fallen Angel Madison Lee.

LOOK FOR John Cleese as Alex's (Lucy Liu) father, old-school Angel Jaclyn Smith, Pink, and -- inexplicably -- the Olsen twins

BURNING QUESTION Never has there been a franchise with so much, um, uplift. Does Wonderbra have an endorsement deal?

TREND WATCH Un-retirement. Out of action since 2000, Demi Moore resurfaces -- like Daniel Day-Lewis in 2002's ''Gangs of New York'' -- though we suspect she won't be rewarded, as Day-Lewis was, with an Oscar nomination.

COULD BE The prelude to a third installment. Or... the last chance for this trio, if alleged internal bickering puts an end to the franchise.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2003
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