Some movies are ahead of their time, and this 2001 flick is one of them. “Josie and the Pussycats” is celebrating its 20th anniversary and it is kinda funny to watch it now when we live in the world of “influencers.”
Well… what can I say about this awesomely bad movie? Yes, it’s goofy and cheesy, and the acting is actually kind of crappy, but the soundtrack kicks ass and everything about the movie is just innocent silly fun.
Based on the Hanna-Barbera comic – and ahead of the “Riverdale” show – “Josie and the Pussycats” stars Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson as the band and they actually look like they are having a good time. Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo, Missi Pyle, Alan Cumming and Parker Posey round out the cast, plus you get some really cool cameos.
The movie plot involves companies brainwashing teens into buying products and you see a lot of product placement. It may have seemed off back in 2001, but now it is a lot like social media influencers! Keep track of how many products you see in the movie.
As for the soundtrack – it is right at the height of the pop punk boom in the late ‘90s-early 2000s and it still really holds up.
It’s on HBOMAX now, so go enjoy the silliness of it. Out of 4 stars, I’d give it 3.