Josie and the Pussycats

Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont · 2001
98min · DCP
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The contemporary cult classic featuring a scene-stealing performance by Parker Posey and original songs written and produced by Babyface and the late, great Adam Schlesinger, with lead vocals sung by Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo.

Part of our Pocketful of Posey film series.

Josie, Val, and Melody are three small time gals with big time dreams of taking their band out of the garage and straight to the top. But when fate gives Josie and the Pussycats the chance of a lifetime, they’ll have to carefully navigate the MegaRecords machine in order to stay true to themselves, and to each other, in this mega-entertaining blast of fun and friendship. Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid headline, with Alan Cumming and Parker Posey hamming it up as the manipulative music executives out for their own gain.

Widely panned and misunderstood upon its initial release, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS has since gone on to earn cult classic status due, in part, to its infectious soundtrack and pointed satire, which was downright prescient in its depiction of a world saturated with brand names and sponsored content. Most importantly though, the movie’s totally jerkin’ and a rockin’ good time!

“This is one sharp pussycat. Sensationally exuberant, imaginatively crafted and intoxicatingly clever, Josie and the Pussycats shrewdly recycles a trifling curio of 1970s pop-culture kitsch as the linchpin for a freewheeling, candy-colored swirl of comicbook adventure, girl-power hijinks and prickly satirical barbs.” Joe Leydon, Variety

“Many movies have tried, but Josie and the Pussycats remains one of Hollywood’s most entertaining damnations of consumerism… By writing the movie off as mindless drivel for teens, critics from the early 2000s missed the scathing takedown of American consumer culture and the satirical look at the commodification of every aspect of day-to-day life. Josie and the Pussycats was able to accomplish all of that with humor and heart while wearing leopard print pants.” Tina Kakadelis, Film Obsessive