Josie and the Pussycats Movie Review
This movie is a fast-paced, visual rollercoaster that will leave you itching to start your own band. Warning: if you have a thing for boybands, you better be able to laugh at yourself.
Josie and the Pussycats is based on characters in an Archie Comics series by the same name. Josie (played by Rachael Leigh Cook) is a guitar player and lead singer. She has the coolest hair I've ever seen. She is also a sweetheart. The Pussycats are Val and Melody. Val (played by Rosario Dawson) is the bassist in the band. Val keeps Josie's confidence up and is the level-headed one. The drummer, Melody (played by Tara Reid) is all giggles and goofy thoughts. She's sweeter than cotton candy and dumber than a bag of hammers, but you gotta love her.
In the beginning of the movie they are just called The Pussycats and they are playing totally lame gigs at the local bowling alley in their hometown of Riverdale. Meanwhile, there is a killer boyband named DuJour that is tearin' up the airwaves (and girls' hearts.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans wil recognize Dujour member Travis - he's played by Seth Green (Oz on Buffy.) DuJour figures out that their record label is putting hidden messages in their music and the label leaves them in a plane to crash. Now the evil company is on the hunt for a new group of superstars. They pick Josie and the Pussycats. Only prob is Josie and her cats are a lot smarter than Dujour and are ready and willing to take on the record label.
Josie and the Pussycats is a great film that will make you laugh and smile and rock-out. But it's not just good music and funny scenes, it's a total statement on this crazy epidemic called "pop culture." In every single scene there are huge signs and logos of products and companies - Josie's NY hotel room has Revlon written on the windows and carpet. Melody's bathroom in covered in McDonald's logos. Val's bedroom is a giant ad for Target stores. It's crazy because it's true. We are a label-obsessed generation. And the Dujour thing is a total spoof of the boybands we love - mostly Backstreet Boys.
The movie is a ton of fun and it's cool that it has a message. It's totally worth your allowance. The funniest scene is when Carson Daly tries to kill Melody. That's right, Carson trying to kill his real life fiance Tara Reid. Don't worry he doesn't succeed - she hits him over the head with Matt Damon! Go see Josie and the Pussycats - it's a rockin' good flick.
For more on the best girl group ever, check out the official site.