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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  11 April 2001 (USA)
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A girl group find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy to deliver subliminal messages through popular music in this send up of the music industry and pop culture.

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For years, the record industries have inserted subliminal messages into music so that they can turn teenagers into brain dead zombies who do nothing but buy, buy, buy. And whenever the musician or band finds out the truth, the record company silences them to keep the truth from coming out. When the hot boy band DuJour discovers this, their manager, Wyatt Frame, under his evil, corrupt boss, Fiona, has the plane they are flying in crashed and him looking for a new band to use for their evil schemes. Enter Josie, the ditsy Melody, and the tough Valerie, from Josie and the Pussycats, a small band who wants to make it to the big time. When they are discovered by Wyatt, they give in and become big rock stars. But will they find out that they are just pawns for the record industry or will fame take them over? Written by Will

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They were three small time girls, with big time dreams. Now, fate is giving the Pussycats, the chance of a lifetime. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£37,662 (UK) (24 August 2001)

Gross:

£37,662 (UK) (24 August 2001)
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Tara Reid starred as the band's drummer, Melody Valentine. Not knowing how to play drums before they filmed, she needed to learn the basics so she could appear to know what she was doing behind the kit. The producers hired Drew Thomas. He was in such bands as Bold, Into Another, and Youth of Today. Drew went on to play in the band God Fires Man along with members of Errortype:11 and Garrison. See more »

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In the final concert when Allan M. shows up and Josie is talking to him, she steps away from the microphone but her voice is still amplified as if she was still talking into the microphone. See more »

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Alexandra Cabot: So, what's the moral of the story here - freaks should date other freaks?
Alexander Cabot: No, I think the moral of the story here is you should be happy with who you are. This whole time we've been spending money on expensive clothes to impress people. Never made me happy. No! Happ - -Oh, my gosh.Happiness is on the inside! I'm not this.
[Takes off his jacket and shakes it]
Alexander Cabot: I'm not what I wear. I'm not what I wear!
Alexander Cabot: [Starts removing the rest of his expensive clothes] You should think about this.
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In the version of "Josie and the Pussycats" released outside North America, the Universal logo transforms into the tongue stud of a screaming fan. (Universal's logo comes before Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's on the American prints; internationally it's the other way around.) See more »

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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Come On
Written by Dave Gibbs (as David Gibbs), Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont,
Jason Falkner, Steve 'Silk' Hurley (as Steve Hurley), Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface),
, Dee Dee Gipson, Jane Wiedlin, Adam Schlesinger, Kay Hanley
Produced by Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Josie and the Pussycats
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Gets better with time
15 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

First of all - this is not a meaningful movie. But it wasn't meant to be. I hate it when I hear critics slam a movie mainly because it doesn't fit into their favorite "Type" of movie. Some movies are made to sit through wincing - leaving you sore emotionally and some are light silly goofball creations that wont change the world, but sure are nice to just zone out with.

This movie will never turn Roger Ebert's crank...its silly and goofy and irrelevant....Its also over time revealing itself to have been at the time...subversive. This movie has a lot of little things about it that are becoming more relevant as the years wear on...

When this first came out I thought "An alright movie with catchy songs" This was before I myself got involved in the Music industry. After living through three bands and two contracts over ten years I would like to say this movie isn't as unrealistic as you may think. It is still a spoof, but close enough to reality to warrant another look. Originally waved away as being pure fluff I now find this movie creepily prophetic.

Since this movie was made we have witnessed the fall out of bands like Back street boys the breakdown of pop-stars like Brittany Spears and a slew of young actors & actresses separated from family & friends whose entire personalities have been written and designed by stylists and are seen battling like some weird "Fashionista" roman gladiators under the tutelage of sycophants and managers.

Media/pop culture, with its out of control emphasis on looks and weight over talent and personality, have resulted in actual government legislation regarding model weights and rampant anorexia amongst young starlets.

Musically there has been a huge increase in management interference (listen to Pink's first album regarding the pressures placed on a young singer to conform to a label's Vision) dictating how the artists shall look and act. If it hadn't been for the internet download revolution of Lime wire and such I think the Music industry would have happily continued to control what consumers were ALLOWED to buy and ALLOWED to see...

This movie was also made prior to the outing of "gay" boy band members Stephen Gately, Lance Bassit, Jordan Knight but the top selling song for the Boy Band "Du Jour" in this movie is the most homo-suggestive song I've ever heard. (Is it really called "In Through Your Back Door"?)

After all this fallout, the world of Josie & the Pussycats seems much less stupid to me.

Again...Not deep, but possibly prophetic...and fun to watch Just don't expect to feel moved. Its popcorn at its best - light and salty, not really a meal...its a snack and as that type of movie...shouldn't't be judged solely for its nutritional value... I'd rate it a 7


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