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Josie And The Pussycats [DVD] [2001]

Rachael Leigh Cook , Tara Reid , Deborah Kaplan , Harry Elfont    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo
  • Directors: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
  • Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Dan DeCarlo, John L. Goldwater, Richard Goldwater
  • Producers: Chuck Grimes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, German
  • Dubbed: German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RESK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Shrewdly concocted by codirectors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, Josie and the Pussycats is a wildly comedic update of the Archie comic book (and early 1970s cartoon show). "Oh my God, I'm a trend pimp!" cries rocker Josie McCoy (Rachel Leigh Cook) when she discovers that she and her best friends Melody (Tara Reid) and Val (Rosario Dawson)--collectively known as the Pussycats--have been recruited in a plot to brainwash America's youth into a frenzy of mindless consumerism. Unbeknown to the Pussycats, subliminal messages in their chart-topping hit "Pretend to Be Nice" are forcing kids to follow the latest prefab trends as if their lives depended on it. Josie's going to be the "Next Big Thing", and to her manager (Alan Cumming) and Megarecords mogul Fiona (Parker Posey), the other Pussycats are expendable baggage in their scheme to dictate the cool quotient of teenagers everywhere. Blatant product placements dominate virtually every colourful scene as Josie and the Pussycats gamely embraces the cultural blight it claims to criticise, but this isn't Hollywood hypocrisy. In this deliriously entertaining assault on pop-cultural flotsam, with its disposable boy-band (aptly named "Du Jour") and cross-product marketing ploys that perpetuate blind conformity among gullible teens, Elfont and Kaplan wilfully bite the hand that feeds them, and they're having loads of fun while advocating independent opinion. Cook and her pals are more honestly sexy than Britney Spears, and they make genuinely catchy music (although Cook's vocals were dubbed). It's pure fluff, but Josie and the Pussycats was conceived in such high spirits that it's hard to imagine how it could be improved. Even the obligatory end-credit outtakes are utterly irresistible. --Jeff Shannon,

On the DVD: Some nicely designed and colourful menus lead you to the extras. The obligatory "Behind the Scenes" is a lot more than just an extended promo with footage of the Pussycats learning their instruments and playing them live on stage. Strangely enough though, there's not one mention throughout of the characters' comic book and cartoon origins. There are a few pointless deleted scenes and the usual production notes plus the video for Josie and the Pussycats' single "Three Small Words" (good enough to play on MTV!) and two hilarious music videos from the movie's fictitious boy band DuJour. --Jon Weir

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When boy-band Dujour meet their untimely ends in a tragic plane crash, their manager Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) is quick to sign-up some replacements in the form of girl-group Josie and the Pussycats. Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook) and her bandmates Melody (Tara Reid) and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) are happy to have found their big break, and head off to the big city where they quickly become teen-pop sensations. But when they discover that Wyatt and his record company cohorts are using their records to send out subliminal messages to the nation's teenagers, the feline popsters decide it's time to fight back.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerkin! 17 Aug 2002
Criminally overlooked at the box office on its release, this really is a no-brain comedy gem. Even if you're not familiar with the comic/cartoon from the 70s there's plenty to offer everyone here. The 3 leading ladies are excellent and there is admirable support from Parker Posey and the UK's very own Alan Cumming. The plot sees the girls being plucked from Riverdale obscurity and turned into the latest 'big thing', a plan masterminded by the US Government and Mega Records to keep the youth of America in check via subliminal messaging. Anyhow, the plot is pretty much secondary as the songs and the comedy are what steal the show. The bonus of the DVD is that it features full songs from the Pussycats and also boy band Dujour. I defy anyone to listen to 'Backdoor Lover' without a)bursting into laughter and b)having the tune stuck in your head for the next 6 months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punky, sexy, girlie fun :) 22 April 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Don't be turned off by the fact that this film is a PG. I'm 17 and I love it! Everytime I watch this film, it makes me want to pull out my guitar and get on stage with all my friends in our own punk rock band! The music is punky, the girls are sexy, and the jokes are super funny! This film is so slick and well put together, and the boy band DuJour (featuring Seth Green) are hilarious.. "Dujour means seatbelts!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take the Chevy to the Levy... 14 Jan 2014
Record industries inserts subliminal messages into music so that they can make teenagers do nothing but buy whatever is requested.

Whenever a musician or band finds out the truth, the record company silences them to keep the truth from coming out. When boy band DuJour discover this, their manager, Wyatt, has the plane they are flying in crash, and leaves him looking for a new band to use for evil schemes.

Enter Josie and the Pussycats, a small band who wants to make it to the big top. When they are discovered by Wyatt, they give in and become big rock stars.

But will they find out that they are just pawns for the record industry or will fame take them over......

Cruelly overlooked on initial release, this film is a damning satire on product placement, which manages to fit placement into almost every scene. It kind of defeats the purpose, but its intentionally hilarious.

It's camp from beginning to end, and I can imagine that many on here have given it a low rating because they are ashamed to admit this film is rather good, but hey, life's too short, and its a lively fun movie, that doesn't hurt with the fact that Leigh Cooke is beautiful to look at and makes the film really easy on the eye.

Read between the lines of the film, it really does stick a big middle finger up to teens and manufactured bands who clog up media attention one minute, and disappear next.

It's very topical, and I for one feel that this movie should be shown to teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18, to be used as a warning that these boy bands, girl groups are just there to make you buy lots of poorly made goods at stupid prices.

Actually, this film is probably based on true events.

Hilarious and probably kryptonite to Simon Cowell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter thinks its a great movie 3 July 2013
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My daughter saw this a few years ago and I always said I would get it for her.. I did and she wore it out so this is the replacement !!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun way to pass the time 15 Feb 2012
This was a flop at the box office and although it is far from being a great film, it deserved more attention than it got. As far as the cast is concerned, Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid aren't really known for their acting prowess, but they definately suited their roles here and were well cast. Rosario Dawson stands out as being the better actress and again, is well cast in her role. I wasn't keen on Alan Cummings as the bad guy, but he was ok and I have to admit, I thought the boyband, played by Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer and Seth Green was quite a funny, if overplayed, addition. If you want a movie to waste away a couple of hours without much thought, this is worth a look. 3/5
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride on your motorbike with dujour! 8 May 2005
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Fantastic film full of clever twists and great actors/ actresses. You will get absolutely hooked on the songs and end up buying the soundtrack like me! Also it is definetely worth buying the dvd becuase the extra features are hilarious- especcially the music videos in the plane- i laughed so much! I must have watched it so many times. All in all it is a spoof film about the idea of advertising through music. And with great music,it is bound to make you feel happy.
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