Former MTV video director McG makes a pretty darn good big screen debut with this yet-another-TV-show adaptation. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu play Natalie, Dylan and Alex, respectively; three hot-shot, kung fu-pitching, weapons-wielding women all working out of the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, the owner of which is the practically disembodied voice of Charlie (John Forsythe). Their liaison with their voice-on-the-phone boss is Bosley (Bill Murray). Here, Murray plays the type of smart-ass, mugging character he first made famous in films like Stripes
, to good effect. All three of the ladies acquit themselves well as future action film stars, with Barrymore getting a particular nod. The plot deals with the kidnapping of a high-tech computer whiz and the theft of his latest and potentially globe-threatening design. There’s a lot of sly referential winks to other ‘70s shows and phenomena, Matrix
-style “rotoscoped” fight freeze-frames, plus booms, babes and big action film bliss. Best enjoyed if your predilection for “art” or “depth” is left at the ticket booth.