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Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats

How many times have you walked from a movie asking “Just what the heck was that?“  It is unfortunate to say, but Josie and the Pussycats will leave you pondering that question and perhaps more.

Based on the characters that sprang to life in the “Archie” comic books and then developed into a cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats had a zeal for life, a personality of the times and, most important, a plot line.  While you may be told that the film is a spoof on product promotion or placement, the only spoof is how they got the eight to 10 dollars out of your pocket for this 98 minutes of boredom.

In most films there are moments you can remember, the only pleasant part of Josie and the Pussycats is Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) as Josie.  This young lady is a true screen beauty and has just made the biggest mistake of her life signing up for this film.  You can not deny that she delivers the lines well, moves well, and looks even better, but if you put a dozen roses on a pile of manure, it's still a pile of manure; Cook is the roses.

If you need to know the “plot”, it goes as follows: Josie, Val (Rosario Dawson, recently in Light It Up) and Melanie (Tara Reid of American Beauty) are placed as “rock stars” after the planned removal of a boy band who discovered subliminal messages promoting a huge array of products.  It is the meteoric rise to fame that is never questioned as record mogul Wyatt (Alan Cumming, recently in Spy Kids) signs the Pussycats unheard.  As the story progresses, or digresses, Val and Mel question what is going on and soon are marked for removal and Wyatt uses his subliminal messages to convince Josie she is the star and needs no one else.

Suddenly Josie remembers who she is, saves her friends and the day.  Like that is a surprise.

In a film that should have been witty, sarcastic and lampooning of the ad / movie industry for product tie ins and placement, Josie and the Pussycats falls short.  This is not Austin Powers or Charlie's Angels; even the out takes at the end are bad.  I believe two teen age girls sitting in front of me described my feeling best when they said - and I quote - “Am I glad that's over!”  Amen.

Josie and the Pussycats

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