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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

  Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Rosario Dawson, Parker Posey, Tara Reid
Links: Josie and the Pussycats on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on Video
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 7.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 104th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

Josie and the Pussycats (2001) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Freaky Friday (2003) and pearly's review of Zoolander (2001).

"More enjoyable than it oughta be" - a review by mino

Josie (as I will hereby refer to it) is certainly a movie that has divided critics far wiser than I. The first half of the film is an hysterical parody of the current 'Backstreetzone Five'-type boy band, with Seth Green as the leader of current boypop sensation 'DuJour'. The zingers aimed at the pop marketing juggernauts in this scene are easily the highlight of the film. For some, it's all downhill from there.

But while I'll admit the second half of the film was much weaker than the first, I don't think it took quite the sprialling downturn that some would suggest. The film was consistently funny all the way through, though it is let down by an ending that is confused and weak (much like myself, given that I saw this movie at lunchtime on a Sunday). Even that ending doesn't really wreck what is otherwise a fine example of the teen flick.

I'll happily confess: I love teen movies. I shouldn't, but I do. And if they're 'girly' teen flicks, well then, all the better. The sight of tears streaming down my face while Heath Ledger sang his stadium serenade to Julia Stiles in Ten Things I Hate About You scarred my moviegoing companions for life. The number of times I've seen Bring It On borders on the creepy, and I rank Spice World right up there with the classic comedies of our time.

Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson are the title characters, a group of small-town teens who are recruited by a creepy record exec (teen movie stalwart Alan Cumming) to take the place of the sadly demised DuJour. What follows is not exactly rocket science: but then, nor should it be.

I think Josie succeeded admirably at all it tried to be -- and let's face it, it didn't try to be much. The movie had a great mix: the 12-year-old girls sharing the cinema with me got quite a few laughs out of the broader slapstick elements, but I think they also appreciated being 'let in' on the film's sly digs at pop culture, and not being taken for idiots. Many 'teen' films seem to treat their audience like fools, something most teens would find terribly frustrating. While the obvious hypocrisy in a movie decrying product placement by loading itself to saturation point with the same did leave a sour taste in my mouth, Josie it at least tried to give its $8.50-a-ticket moviegoing munchkins some credit for their nous.

Rosario Dawson is certainly the weak point in the casting: her performance doesn't even touch the sides on her way straight through your consciousness, I'll admit, but I think Tara Reid's effort with a pretty one-dimensional character is impressive. If there's been a better throwaway line in a teen comedy than "If I could go back in time... I'd meet Snoopy!", I don't know what it is. And when it comes to teen comedy actresses, as they might well have said in the movie: Rachel Leigh Cook is the new Molly Ringwald.

While I know that a cynical grump like me should have hated this movie, Josie was the most "fun" film I've seen in ages, I sat there with a smile on my face the whole time. Sure, the plot's weak, but it's good fun.

The fact that I was the oldest person in the cinema was a teensy bit disturbing, as was the fact that I was practically the only male. But it does make one thing clear: you're lookin' at a reviewer who is well in touch with his inner-15-year-old-girl. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch Heath & Julia again. I'll get the tissues.

mino gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 2 Jul 2001

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 7.00
Lowest rating: 7 (by pearly, mino)
Highest rating: 7 (by pearly, mino)
 
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