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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Josie McCoy
Rosario Dawson ... Valerie Brown
Tara Reid ... Melody Valentine
Gabriel Mann ... Alan M.
Paulo Costanzo ... Alexander Cabot
Missi Pyle ... Alexandra Cabot
Alan Cumming ... Wyatt Frame
Parker Posey ... Fiona
Tom Butler ... Agent Kelly
Carson Daly ... Carson Daly
Aries Spears ... The Other Carson Daly
Alexander Martin ... Les (as Alex Martin)
Faedragh Carpenter Faedragh Carpenter ... Teenage Fan
Justin Chatwin ... Teenage Fan
Marites Pineda Marites Pineda ... Teenage Fan
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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

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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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Comedy | Music

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

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Josie and the Pussycats See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,562,455, 15 April 2001

Gross USA:

$14,271,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,866,015
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brandy Norwood and Aaliyah were considered for the role of Valerie Brown. See more »

Goofs

During the presentation to the investors/government folks, one woman mentions how much how much she loves Leif Garrett in a foreign language, which is subtitled. In the subtitle for what she says, his name is spelled "Lief". See more »

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Mr. Moviefone: Fiona is the most jerkin' girl in the world!
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At the very end of the film, after all the credits have rolled, Mr. Movie Phone says "Jerken!" See more »

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The DVD features several deleted scenes, including a much longer introduction to Fiona at the MegaRecords party. See more »

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Shapeshifter
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Amusing satire on the power & brainwashing of the music industry
14 August 2011 | by WuchakkSee 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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