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The Charlie's Angels movies were directed by "McG" -- a man who previously had directed nothing but music videos.

Maybe that explains why so many songs inexplicably flutter into the new movie. It's like a brain dump from the last 35 years...

Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys
Get Down Tonight - K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Rebel, Rebel - David Bowie
Who Are You - The Who
Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting) - Elton John
I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
Planet Claire - The B-52s
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Mickey [You're So Fine] - Tony Basil
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer
Yes, I copied them all down from the closing credits. (You're welcome.) Oh, and there were also songs from other movie soundtracks...
"The Lonely Goatherd" (from The Sound of Music)
"Flashdance" (from Flashdance)
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (from Butch Cassidy)
The theme from Cape Fear
The Pink Panther theme
The whole movie was a pastiche of action sequences - a parade of music videos, with McG cherry-picking which songs to use. ("It's like an entire movie done by Maxim," complained Richard Roeper.) You could take it as a love letter to the movies and music that went before. The movie even stages its fight scenes around Hollywood landmarks like the Griffith Observatory and the Roosevelt Hotel.

Or, maybe McG was just sucking up to his Hollywood betters. Because using a music video director has a problem: he's no good with dialogue. I thought alot of the jokes and scenes fell flat because the actors didn't deliver their lines right. Maybe McG was too shy or inexperienced to demand better cooperation from them...

But I have to agree with the critics who said: the execution was undeniably skillful. Rarely has a summer blockbuster created synthetic fun this pure.

The film ends with shower of gold confetti - a metaphor for this movie if I ever saw one.

Sheesh! It seemed like the actresses changed costumes every 45 seconds...