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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:
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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:



Canada | USA



Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Josie et les Pussycats See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Above the picture of the girls on one of the magazine covers the headline says that Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu were cast to play the band in an upcoming movie. Peter Teschner, the editor of Josie and the Pussycats was also the editor of Charlie's Angels (2000), featuring these three actresses. See more »


When Josie, Mel and Val are taken to the salon to get facials and other stuff done Mel is wearing yellowish eye shadow, then the salon people put pink eye shadow on her. It alternates between yellow and pink in subsequent shots. See more »


Josie McCoy: Puppies, turn into dogs, who get get old and DIE!
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown while the credits are rolling. See more »

Alternate Versions

An alternative 'PG' rated version was released (supposedly to gather more of a family related audience). See more »


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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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Guilty Pleasure
12 April 2001 | by mazdpSee 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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