Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats

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Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid

     
 

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Based on the animated hit TV show of the 1970s, Josie and the Pussycats is a live-action tale of a group of young girl rockers who desire to make it big. Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Val (Rosario Dawson), and Melody (Tara Reid) make up an aspiring garage band that is discovered by shady megalomaniac executive Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming), the sidekick to

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Based on the animated hit TV show of the 1970s, Josie and the Pussycats is a live-action tale of a group of young girl rockers who desire to make it big. Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Val (Rosario Dawson), and Melody (Tara Reid) make up an aspiring garage band that is discovered by shady megalomaniac executive Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming), the sidekick to MegaRecords boss Fiona (Parker Posey), who runs an industry powerhouse that has been grooming the very successful boy band Du Jour. Unbeknownst to the band, MegaRecords is a company whose real intent is to brainwash young people, with subliminal messages inserted in CDs to assure a healthy sales record. Josie and her crew soon latch on to the real deal behind their new label and are forced to choose between their burgeoning rock-star success and doing what's right for future music lovers. The film also stars Gabriel Mann as Josie's love interest/folk singer Alan M. Its soundtrack features work by Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin, and Babyface. Rachael Leigh Cook's voice was dubbed by Letters to Cleo's Kay Hanley for the film's musical set pieces.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Satirizing teen wish-fulfillment fantasies as it satisfies them, Josie and the Pussycats provides just enough bite to set it apart from the cookie-cutter parade of high-gloss, adolescent-marketed offerings of the new century. Although laid on in thick, broad, fluorescent-hued strokes, Josie's pointed satire could never be mistaken for mere absurdity: the plot insinuates that boy bands, MTV, and mall record stores are all part of a corporate conspiracy to sell more Starbucks coffee and Abercrombie and Fitch T-shirts. Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont occasionally let the film's staging and pacing go slack -- perhaps they should've reviewed a few more screwball comedies before shooting -- but they smartly keep the proceedings at Saturday morning-cartoon level (even the insidious subliminal-advertising generator is a giant, opaque plastic box). Better yet, leads Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid strike a near-perfect balance between savvy and giddy. The film's catchy, proto-grunge soundtrack may be its greatest asset and -- at least commercially -- its biggest liability: full of raw power chords and hummable melodies, it's a throwback to the days of good punk-pop, as opposed to the saccharine, Britney-esque sound of its time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0096898868235
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rachael Leigh Cook Josie McCoy
Tara Reid Melody Valentine
Rosario Dawson Valerie Brown
Alan Cumming Wyatt Frame
Parker Posey Fiona
Gabriel Mann Alan M.
Paulo Costanzo Alexander Cabot
Missi Pyle Alexandra Cabot
Tom Butler Agent Kelly
Carson Daly Himself
Katharine Isabelle Laughing Girl

Technical Credits
Harry Elfont Director,Screenwriter
Deborah Kaplan Director,Screenwriter
Eric Batut Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
Tony DeRosa-Grund Producer
Jennifer Donaldson Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth Edmonds Executive Producer
Tracey E. Edmonds Producer
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
John Frizzell Score Composer
Grace Gilroy Co-producer
Richard Goldwater Executive Producer
Chuck Grimes Producer
Johanne Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelvin Humenny Art Director
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Vivien Nishi Set Decoration/Design
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound/Sound Designer
Marc E. Platt Producer
Michael Silberkleit Executive Producer
Yasna Stefanovic Production Designer
Peter Teschner Editor
Anneke Van Oort Set Decoration/Design

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Josie and the Pussycats 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josie and the Pussycats is a fun, fresh, and hilarious view of the world of teenage pop culture. The movie itself is a witty satire of the conformity of teenagers and the domination of advertising agencies and does so in a non-offensive way while remaining funny. The music is great, and the actors are a perfect fit to the characters. A must-see for anyone wishing to be a pop sensation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josie and the Pussycats is the best movie out there on the market. Rachael Leigh Cook did a fabulous job as Josie, as well as Tara Reid,Parker Posey, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo,and Missi Pyle. This is definitly a 5 star movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josie and the Pussycats is the best! I like to read the comix, too. I think Melody is really funny (''The walls are mushy!'') and that the TV Show should air again. My dad and stepmom have seen the cartoon when they were kids. And I'm praising Rachael Leigh Cook on a great Josie role!
Guest More than 1 year ago
love this mvoie one of my favs All the times it rented this movie i would have bought it 5 times over
Guest More than 1 year ago
The charactors in Josie and the Pussycats are the best!! They are so easy to relate to. My friends and I each have a charactors that we are most like. I even have a friend just like Melody! This movie could so happen in really life!! It's the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is pretty cool i like the songs you don't see me and pretend to be nice and spin around a real great movie!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
at first i didn't think that this movie would be that great, but then i watched it and now it's one of my favorites! go melody, blondes rule!