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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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?


During the TRL scene, the cardboard cut-outs in the "audience" feature Johnny Depp (2), Gwen Stefani (2), Christina Aguilera (2), Britney Spears, and Matt Damon. Melody defends herself with Britney and Christina, but Carson Daly hits the cut-outs with a baseball bat. Melody eventually clubs Carson with the Matt Damon cut-out and knocks him off the bleachers. See more »


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 »


Melody: Ooh, more coasters!
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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 »


References Can't Hardly Wait (1998) See more »


Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan and Dave Owen (as Dave Owens)
Produced by Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Josie and the Pussycats
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Don't waste your time.
8 August 2003 | by BlackbirdmagicsSee all my reviews

Why do teen movie makers feel they have to insert some commentary on society into every bad movie? "Josie And The Pussycats" was like if "Spice World" tried to have some deep, meaningful message: it would have just been better if they had allowed it to be a guilty pleasure. But instead, they decide to try to make it a satire of the music and fashion industry. Sure, there probably are companies deciding what fads will be popular will be popular when, but isn't it more likely that these decisions are made by people in suits in a board room then by leather-clad secret agent wannabes in an underground secret lair? And the romantic subplot was hanging on to the rest of the movie by a thread.

Alan Cumming and Parker Posey are way too talented to play such flimsy roles. Why are they in this movie? And why, for that matter, is Tara Reid in any movie, ever?

If you want a silly movie about chicks in a band, just go for the 90s nostalgia and rent "Spice World."

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