Josie And The Pussycats


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

Charming confetti based on the Archie sidebar comic strip, about a group of young girls who form a band and are trying to hit the big time. Overnight success happens, literally overnight, and soon they find themselves being plastered on the cover of every magazine, albums selling like hotcakes and fans buzzing around them like mad bumblebees. Is everything what it seems, or does it just seem like they have it a bit too easy, or maybe their market-savvy managers have their own personal gain in mind? Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont don’t mess around with the message here: teens are overpowered by advertisements aimed at their insecurities about fitting in, and here they exploit that issue beyond logical sense (the shower curtains with McDonald’s advertisements are so subtle).  All of this is greatly helped by the charming performances of its leads, ,  and ,  with winning support from the fabulous , plus a great soundtrack that just never stops. Enjoy!

Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Riverdale Productions, Marc Platt Productions

Canada/USA, 2001

Screenplay by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, based on characters created by , ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  

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