Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published June 16th 2012
Not bothered doing anything this weekend? Feel like you should get out just so you can say that you did?
The answer: Go and get out a movie so you have the perfect excuse to quickly return to your humble abode and resume your form as a human couch potato.
Based on the original characters from the Archie comics, we follow the story of an all girl rock band, Josie and The Pussycats. The band remains largely unnoticed, until they are suddenly raised to fame when accidently discovered by a large record company. However the manager of the record company and his evil boss plan to insert subliminal messaging into the music and brainwash today's youth into a mindless frenzy of consumerism; with "a new trend every week".
In a vaguely similar vein to the Scream series. Josie and The Pussycats carefully sidestep the thoughtless, generic trend of modern cartoon/comic to cinema adaptations, creating something surprisingly original, and yet still remaining faithful to its original source. What this film results as is a very clever, at times hilarious satire of it's self and commercialism in just about every form.
Josie and The Pussycats is one of the few movies where I can proudly use the words, enjoyably hypocritical. The film's obnoxious use of unsubtle product placement can be down right hysterical, and the conflicting morals upheld by The Pussycats makes it even better. Josie and The Pussycats features an overall surprisingly strong effort from the main cast. Tara Reid being the only somewhat weak link in the group, who doesn't really need to act as she's practically playing herself. How much of this is from the writing or Tara Reid herself I'm not sure, but in a nutshell she's a minor of Jar Jar Binks's irritating persona from the Star Wars prequels.
Besides the occasionally uneven pacing, some cringe worthy jokes and of course Tara Reid; Josie and The Pussycats is an unexpectedly enjoyable light piece of Hollywood fluff. The film is obviously aimed at the female pre teen to teen age group, and sure enough the title alone can be more than off putting to some of those out of the target demographic. However if viewed with an open mind; Josie and The Pussycats is a film that can be thoroughly enjoyed by just about anyone; just as long as you don't take it too seriously, sit back, and enjoy the music.
OFLC (Office of Film and Literature Classification) rating:
PG for Medium Level Violence, Sexual References and Low Level Coarse Language. To make up your own mind on whether the film's content is suitable or not, please check out the Parental Guide.