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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Les (as Alex Martin)
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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

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:

$4,562,455 (USA) (15 April 2001)


$14,252,830 (USA) (20 May 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Briefly during the airplane scene, Alexandra Cabot (Missi Pyle) breaks the fourth wall. Her brother, Alexander Cabot (Paulo Costanzo) wonders why she's even on the plane. She replies "Because I was in the comic book" and when he mis-hears her she corrects herself and says "Nothing." See more »


After introducing everyone in the beginning there is a scene in the kitchen, Alexandra is seen in the background holding Dujour tickets but between takes the tickets re-appear and disappear again. See more »


Josie McCoy: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when the going gets tough...
Melody: The tough make lemonade!
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Crazy Credits

The MGM lion morphs into a screaming fan. See more »


Spoofed in Joelean and the Pussycats (2002) See more »


Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Written by Jim Steinman
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Guilty Pleasure
12 April 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Do not go to this movie expecting anything that's logical or realistic. It is a purely fun film with a rocking soundtrack.

Viewers who would most appreciate this would be the ones who have at least a vague memory of the television cartoon series because there are a lot of jokes and references that might go over one's head otherwise--not to say that kids wouldn't enjoy it as well, because they will.

There's a lot going on in this film. So much happens so fast, but that is intentional. It is highly visual, and the style almost seems like a cross between Steven Soderbergh and Tim Burton, of course with a lot more pink and glitter. The images literally pop out at you at times. And while the plot is somewhat contrived, you might not mind too much because it speaks so clearly to our current culture.

The parody of Boy Bands and Pop-Star Girls is dead-on and that's why this is such a guilty pleasure. You can appreciate how they are made fun of and enjoy the characterizations at the same time. And all the performances are first rate--from the cameo performances by Breckin Myer and Seth Green as members of the Boy Band "Dujour", to leads Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara Reid as Josie and Melody, to the supporting players, particularly Alan Cumming and Parker Posey as the record executives. Also look for cameos by Carson Daly and Ken "Babyface" Edmonds.

Rosario Dawson as Valerie makes quite an impression. Her strong but anxious portrayal helps set up the classic conflict of female friendship vs. "diva-like" fame--a conflict we've seen played out over and over again in many VH-1 "Behind the Music" episodes.

All in all, this is a film you'll enjoy upon first viewing and maybe even more with repeated viewings. If anything, you'll be dancing out of the aisles as you head home.

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