Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
October 8, 2019 8:21 AM - Subscribe

A girl group find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy to deliver subliminal messages through popular music. Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid and Kay Hanley's (of Letters to Cleo) voice. Featuring Allan Cumming and Parker Posey.
posted by dinty_moore (13 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I still find it hilarious that people got so angry about the product placement in this movie. They got the joke when it was in Wayne's World!
posted by dinty_moore at 8:22 AM on October 8, 2019 [10 favorites]

1. The soundtrack is as good as you remember it.
2. The humor is even better than you remember.
3. This is the perfect use of Tara Reid.
4. I suspect that there's a lot that doesn't translate well for today's youths, but they'd be a lot faster to get the product placement/mind control aspects than apparently the critics of yesteryear.
5. Special props to the members of Du Jour (including Seth Green) for mastering the art of boy band posing.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:43 AM on October 8, 2019 [12 favorites]

truly, truly love this movie. friend and i rewatched it a couple years ago expecting to make fun but no its still great
posted by gaybobbie at 9:48 AM on October 8, 2019 [5 favorites]

It’s a perfect example of satire and the soundtrack slaps. I love this movie so much. I believe the full soundtrack is on Spotify now! Which is great because I played my original CD to absolute DEATH.
posted by angeline at 10:52 AM on October 8, 2019 [6 favorites]

I love this movie so much and quote it way too frequently... I actually even saw it in theatres and I don't see anything in theatres. I need to watch it again!
posted by urbanlenny at 2:03 PM on October 8, 2019 [2 favorites]

5. Special props to the members of Du Jour (including Seth Green) for mastering the art of boy band posing.

Seriously, this movie starts off so strong that, that the ET interviewer literally calls them "the band, Du Jour" and they perform their hit, "Back Door Lover" and of course, the monkey named Dr. Zaius... All that culminates with "Take the Chevy to the levy..."
posted by mikelieman at 3:56 PM on October 8, 2019 [3 favorites]

I guess I was one of the few that actually got to see this in theaters. I had a friend who was (to a, frankly, distressing degree) WAY into Alan Cumming and I got dragged along knowing nothing about the film. I got to stumble in blind to a truly great, weirdly subversive piece of satire. DuJour means friendship!

It's not a perfect movie (ugh the romance plot with the blandest dude ever put to celluloid), but it just might be the BEST not-perfect movie ever and it'll always have a special place in my heart. I kept trying to get other people to go see it, but it was a tough sell. And it was only years later once it started showing up regularly on cable that people would be like "I finally saw that weird movie you kept telling me about, pretty funny!"

But they didn't really get it. Not like I do. Not like you do. These are facts. DuJour means TRUTH.

Josie and the Pussycats is the Greatest Film Ever Made.
posted by ssmith at 8:54 PM on October 8, 2019 [4 favorites]

One of my favourite weird facts about this movie is that the people in the audience for the big gig are actually watching the (pretty terrible) Canadian boy band B4-4 (the third last bullet on that fantastic Angelfire website). Behold their hair.

This movie was filmed in my old neighbourhood in Vancouver at around the time I was living there. I always find the "big city" shots funny for that reason (the starbucks was the starbucks a friend of mine worked at).
posted by urbanlenny at 10:02 PM on October 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I love this movie. It's amazing that people didn't pick up on the satire in 4th the logo use.

My partner and I still quote this to each other:
"You know what happens to puppies, Melody? They turn into dogs. And then they get old, and DIE."

Seriously the cruelest thing anyone has ever said in a movie. Even worse than "I've never liked your spinach puffs."
posted by happyroach at 4:46 PM on October 10, 2019 [3 favorites]

I absolutely love this movie and don't understand why it isn't more popular. IT'S SO GODDAMN FUNNY.
posted by Aquifer at 7:43 PM on October 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

posted by DrAstroZoom at 2:12 PM on October 14, 2019 [3 favorites]

I just watched this on HBO Max for the first time, I’m unsure how I missed this as I would have been in high school when it came out and I had a big crush on Rachel Leigh Cook because of She’s All That.

Oh, man. This was the 90sest movie that ever 90sed. When it opened with a boy band consisting of Seth Meyers, Murray from Clueless, Breckin Mayer, and the foreign exchange student from Can’t Hardly Wait, I knew it was going to be a winner. I am surprised they didn’t manage to get Ethan Embry in there somehow. Watching Parker Posie chew the scenery was delightful.
posted by skycrashesdown at 9:50 PM on September 1, 2020

This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release!

So I watched it. I was surprised at a Bill Cosby impression, but it's still a totally jerkin' movie! (Join the army.)
posted by Pronoiac at 12:12 AM on April 10, 2021 [2 favorites]

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