Josie and the Pussycats Reviews
The cast is brilliant, and all have well-defined character types. The most amazing performances, though, come from the amazing Alan Cumming and Parker Posey. Both of them perfectly tap into the messed up minds of their characters, and embrace the over-the-top evil of their plan. Perhaps the best casting decision is positioning Tara Reid as the brainless blonde drummer. She might not have much acting skill normally, but she can perfectly portray this kind of flighty ignorance. I know all of this praise might come as a shock because your natural tendency when you see the title, know what it's based on, and think of other films in the genre, is to think this is total garbage. I was one of those people, and ordinarily I would have ZERO interest in seeing this movie. However the DVD was given to me by a reliable source who said "it's better than you think it will be," and he was totally right. Josie and the Pussycats is a silly, funny, and perfectly self-aware movie. I'm sure not everyone will share this opinion, and even people who "get it" might not like it, but I would recommend that you think twice before writing off this film because I laughed pretty much from start to finish.
the 3 leads are terrific; Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid expertly play the up-and-coming band
the music is addictive and the story about subliminal messages brainwashing the youth of America is a cultural topic that feels realistic enough even if it does have a sci-fi vibe to it
but I have to agree 100% that the product-placement in every frame of the film is beyond unforgiveable; it becomes so damn distracting and shameful that you're supposed to be paying attention to the plot, I'm guessing they seriously needed to advertise so much stuff in order to get the money back
still as far as an adaptation of a popular girl-band goes this one is preferable enough for young girls
The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says it all... which is to say that many didn't get the joke: "but the constant appearance of product placements seems rather hypocritical". Oops. That was the joke. The product placements were added to be ridiculous, and the production received almost no money from the companies they lampooned with their logos on everything. I think I read an interview with the director regretting that choice, confessing they could see that it might be an easy joke to miss.
It's all cartoonish and glittery fun, but I liked it enough to snag the DVD shortly after it came out and the soundtrack as well. It's probably a bit dated already, but I might have to give it another spin soon. Maybe you should try it out?