5.3/10
19,728
242 user 95 critic

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 11 April 2001 (USA)
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.

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
5 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Josie et les Pussycats  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$14,252,830, 20 May 2001
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Bubbles" in the Mega Records recording studio change from white to yellow during the course of the film. Apparently the techs could not keep the material they were made out of to stay white, so they just went with it. See more »

Goofs

When the band plays "3 small words" for the first time in the studio the only one singing is Josie (Valerie's lips are moving but cannot be heard), but when Wyatt plays it back on the mega sound, backup singing is heard. See more »

Quotes

Fiona: Wyatt, show these lovely girls what we have for them this evening.
[Wyatt opens the curtain to reveal a car]
Melody: A car! Val, I won a car!
Fiona: No, you didn't win a car.
Melody: Oh my God, you won a car!
Fiona: Nobody won a car!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Jem Reacts to the New Jem and the Holograms Trailer (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

(Rock) Superstar
Written by B-Real (as Louis Freese), Larry Muggerud (as Lawrence Muggerud), Senen Reyes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.

GRADE: B


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 242 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page