Josie and the Pussycats
January 13, 2006

Looking for a fun movie to watch? Check out the underrated Josie and the Pussycats.

The script has a distinctive sense of humor, only I don’t think anyone got the joke. But come on, the set design used Target, Revlon, and Motorola logos in patterns so repetitive that they become meaningless. It not only swam in the brand-heavy sea that surrounds us, it reveled in pointing out how shallow that approach to life was. Personally, I love the satire of commercialism. Especially when they kidnap the nonconformist just before Alan Cumming discovers the band by running them down, all to the sounds of Meat Loaf (another favorite).

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats
(PG-13 version)
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I think the fate of the movie itself shows how hard it is to do something outside the mainstream. They tried to package and sell it as your typical teen girl-makes-good flick, and there’s a lot more to it. For example, the obligatory makeover sequence/music video is filmed in harsh light and more closely resembles a horror film, with a flock of beauticians descending upon them as the girls try to retreat. Perhaps, also, the audience didn’t like being told to stop being manipulated and think for themselves.

(It didn’t help that the promo pictures were so terrible, with bad poses and worse clothes. Until I saw them, I didn’t know you could put Tara Reid in a top that made her look both fat and small-chested.)

The soundtrack is terrific, girl group power pop that’s hard to find. The vocals were done by Kay Hanley (of Letters to Cleo, which also contributed music to another favorite teen movie, 10 Things I Hate About You). And the songs were produced by Adam Schlesinger, of Fountains of Wayne.

I feel sorry for the other guy in Du Jour, though — there’s Seth Green, Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), Breckin Meyer (too many teen movies), and … turns out his name is Alex Martin, Dean Martin’s grandson.

5 Responses  
The Apocalipstix » Comics Worth Reading writes:  

[…] material compares the book to Josie & the Pussycats meets Mad Max — to which KC said, “not a lot of crossover between those audiences, is […]

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! » Comics Worth Reading writes:  

[…] The music is the strongest part of the show, which is no surprise since the songs are a collaboration between lyricist (and former Daily Show head writer) David Javerbaum and musician Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, That Thing You Do!, Josie and the Pussycats). […]

james,jones,or Mccoy writes:  

What people tend to forget is that when it was released, Dan deCarlo was in a pitched legal battle over creator rights with the Archie publishers,and his fans rallyed behind him in convincing people to boycott the film which was made without his knowledge,as was the original tv series. Not only did he lose,but he also passed away shortly afterwards. As for the music, I still find myself humming it occasionally.
According to an interview with Seth Green, Du Jour is played by a pre-existing boy band he belonged to.

Johanna writes:  

I think Seth Green was pulling your leg, given the number of young male actors pretending to be Du Jour.

A New DVD Storage Solution » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] all the comic book-related stuff on one side, with superhero movies (plus Howard the Duck and Josie and the Pussycats) and cartoons. The fourth side will be other animation, I […]


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