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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.
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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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Comedy | Music

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

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Josie et les Pussycats  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,562,455 (USA) (13 April 2001)

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$14,252,830 (USA) (18 May 2001)
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Donald Faison and Breckin Meyer previously collaborated on Clueless (1995). See more »

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When Wyatt and Fiona are watching the girls at the big party, their monitor starts out with no text. The shot cuts to Wyatt and Fiona talking, then back to the monitor which now has the surveillance camera's location along the bottom. See more »

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Fiona: How much do you weigh, Josie?
Josie McCoy: Um... 118?
Fiona: Ha! 115! I'm three pounds lighter then you! It's okay, though. I think you look great.
[Lisping]
Fiona: Tho pretty and popular.
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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 Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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Backdoor Lover
Written by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Brainz, Anthony President, Guiliano Franco (as Guliano Franco)
Produced by Presidential Campaign and Guiliano Franco (as Guliano Franco)
Performed by Dujour
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Amusing satire on the power & brainwashing of the music industry
14 August 2011 | by (Ohio/PA border) – 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


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