I dunno what to say.
Do I slam Josie and The Pussycats for being one of the worse movies I've ever seen?
Or do I praise it for perfectly serving the demographic it's aimed at, teens and pre-teens?
Maybe I'll do both:
Josie and The Pussycats is based on the practically forgotten comics and cartoons of the same name. Of course, these riot grrls are nothing like their squeaky clean animated counterparts.
No, this movie has our heroines as a slightly edgy girlie pop rock band. And yes, for a little while anyway, they do wear the cutesy ears and tails. Josie is played by Rachael Leigh Cook, who is a fine actress, with very expressive eyes, a sweet pout, and lately, ugly hair. She's the band's singer, guitarist, and "brain". Rosario Dawson plays Valerie, the band's bassist, back up singer, and "heart". I didn't know much about her going in, but I think she's a good actress and she did a nice job. Tara Reid plays Melody, the drummer and band "airhead".
Alan Cumming and Parker Posey basically steal this movie as unscrupulous record company execs. Their characters are ridiculously over the top, but somehow, it all fits in OK.
I think the problem with the movie is the dialogue. It's over the top premise is hard to swallow, but better written dialogue may have made it go down easier. Still, the writers did manage some great one liners, including a couple of word plays with the movie title, that weren't very appropriate for the target audience.
OK, this is the closet I'll ever purposely come to a "Spoiler":
In hindsight, the best thing about this movie might very well have been the exposition, which includes a look at a hot boy band called Du Jour. It made me groan at first, but after thinking about it, I realize it was a great skewering of the whole boy band craze.
Even their name is a gag…"Dujour", of course, is French for 'offer of the day'.
So to end this rollercoaster of a review, Josie and The Pussycats sucks, but maybe you should see it anyway?