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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

PG-13 | | 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.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Other Carson Daly
Les (as Alex Martin)
Faedragh Carpenter ...
Teenage Fan
Teenage Fan
Marites Pineda ...
Teenage Fan


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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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Josie et les Pussycats  »


Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,562,455, 15 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,252,830, 20 May 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Josie's bus pass, Riverdale is located in the 99860 zip code. This zip code is really for Mezquital del Oro in Mexico.

Valerie's bus pass reads: "RTA Riverdale Transit Authority Valerie Brown 110 Glenbrooke St. Riverdale 46528" The 46,000's are in Indiana, 46528 is for Goshen, In. See more »


When Melody hits Carson with the Matt Damon cut-out, she drops the cut out as Carson falls off the set. In the next scene the cutout is once again in her hands. See more »


Alexandra Cabot: Oh my God, that's Mr. Moviephone! How did you get him to put that on there?
Alexandra Cabot: You slept with him!
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the film, after all the credits have rolled, Mr. Movie Phone says "Jerken!" See more »


References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


You Don't See Me
Written by Dave Gibbs (as David Gibbs), Deborah Kaplan, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface), Harry Elfont, Jason Falkner, Steve 'Silk' Hurley (as Steve Hurley), Dee Dee Gipson, Jane Wiedlin, Adam Duritz
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Co-Produced by Dave Gibbs (as David Gibbs)
Performed by Josie and the Pussycats
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Amusing satire on the power & brainwashing of the music industry
14 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I never saw the original cartoon but decided to pick up 2001's "Josey and the Pussycats" because Tara Reid's such a cutie and it looked like some fun entertainment.

Yes, it's fun and the girls are attractive (also featuring Rachael Leigh Cook & Rosario Dawson) but, surprisingly, "Josey and the Pussycats" shoots for something deeper. As my title blurb points out, this is an amusing and potent satire on the power and manipulation of the entertainment industry.

Alan Cumming is outstanding as the villainous band manager who uses, abuses and throws away at whim. His opening scene with the fictional boyband Du Jour is worth the price of admission! Parker Posey is also good as his diabolical superior.

Ever wonder why all those musicians die in mysterious plane crashes, overdoses, etc. at the height of their fame? How about all those successful government cover-ups? How do artists with little actual talent and songwriting abilities become hugely popular while the truly talented artists languish in obscurity (like Meliah Rage)? Why do you sometimes have this insane drive for a Big Mac or Coke? "Josie and the Pussycats" explains all, lol.

As for the doofuses who complain about the product placement, they all live on Aduh Street.

The film runs 98 minutes.


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