JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS
Band of Friendship
Release Date: April 11, 2001
Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid,
Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming,
& Parker Posey
Genre: Comedy & Action/Adventure
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
Executive Producer: Kenneth Edmonds, Michael
Silberkleit & Richard
Writer: Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
Address Comments To:Stacey Snider, Chairman
Ron Meyer, President/COO
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Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com
When the country’s hottest boy band, Du Jour, mysteriously disappears, their manager, Wyatt Frame (played by Alan Cumming of SPY KIDS) searches for “the next big thing.” He stumbles on The Pussycats and soon is presenting them to MegaRecords CEO, Fiona. Suddenly, the girls’ dream is becoming a reality. Within a week, The Pussycats are renamed Josie and the Pussycats, everyone is wearing cat ears, and the three small town friends are rushed from photo shoots to recording studios, MTV tapings and parties held in their honor. Fiona and Wyatt create a rock sensation as the girls’ songs top the music charts.
Josie, Melody and Val soon begin to be suspicious of their sudden fame. How did they become so popular so fast? It is soon discovered that Fiona and Wyatt are really using MegaRecords as a front for a high-tech, underground outfit and influencing the youth of the country through popular music. They have been putting subliminal messages in Josie and the Pussycats’ music and are even trying to brainwash the girls in the band.
When the girls begin to understand what has been happening, Wyatt and Fiona plan to separate the band, making Josie an even bigger sensation, while destroying the other two Pussycats. The plot thickens as Mel and Val are in danger of their lives, and Josie is being brainwashed, along with the rest of the teenagers in America. The three rock stars must use the power of friendship to get themselves out of this mess.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS is full of humorous antics and comedic acting, mostly from the evil adversaries, Fiona and Wyatt. The movie takes a hilarious swing at the boy band uprising, but there are blatant advertisements in almost every scene.
While JOSIE is based on the Archie comic book series, the plot of the movie takes a number of awkward turns, making it progressively tackier as time passes. Dealing with important virtues such as genuine friendship, love, following a dream, persistence, taking initiative, uncovering evil, and being true to yourself, this movie had potential to be a much better movie. However, it is obvious that a movie lacks substance and depth when, at the end, a character actually has to say, “The moral of this story is . . .” The movie also contains some foul language and sensuality.
Despite dealing with a few important positive virtues such as genuine friendship and uncovering evil, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS lacks depth and contains some foul language and sensuality. It also has a tacky feel to it, and there are blatant advertisements in nearly every scene. Still, the story is full of humorous antics and takes a hilarious swing at the popularity of boy bands.