Movie Review: Wesley Tomas
Review: 8/10 Rating
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Abstract: Based on the Archie comic and the cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats is about a girl band that is trying to become famous. This movie is a comical parody of pop culture, unexplainable trends, and the fight to stay friends in the face of fame.
Audience: This movie caters to children and adults alike. However, many people do not have the offbeat sense of humor required to enjoy a movie such as Josie and the Pussycats. Therefore, you’ll find several negative reviews spotted around the Internet. For those that take this as a light parody with a geeky serious side, this movie will be entertaining, enjoyable, and perhaps even hilarious at times.
The Review: At the start of the film, we are introduced to Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming), the manager of the boy band known as “Du Jour.” The record label Wyatt works for is part of a larger organization that is run by the highly eccentric Fiona (Parker Posey).
It is quickly revealed that the members of Du Jour were not chosen for their intelligence but they still somehow managed to stumble upon a few hiddent tracks in their music. The tracks (read by Mr. Moviefone) brainwashes America’s youth into starting new trends, buying popular products, and even starting new slang terms. Afraid that Du Jour might learn more, Wyatt aptly sends them to their doom by crashing their corporate jet…
Wyatt scrambles all over the city in search of a replacement band. Running out of time and luck, Wyatt runs into Josie and the Pussycats and offers them an audition. A few tracks later, they are on their way to superstardom!
The Pussycats are made up of Josie (the brains), Valerie (the talent), and Melody (the ditzy blonde). Fame threatens to tear them apart as the corporation seeks to keep them too occupied to start meddling around. As they fight to remain friends, they start to question all of what had happened to them. When they too discover the hidden tracks, it becomes a battle of wits…
This film is rated PG-13 for language and mild sensuality.
What we Loved
I expected to hate this movie, but it was surprisingly entertaining and really had me rolling at a few points throughout. My favorite part is when Wyatt is lecturing Josie and says “so, you wanna be a rock star, eh? Live large. Big House. Five Cars…” lol
I dunno why I find that so hilarious, but I suppose it’s because Wyatt’s character is suppose to be so dark, but his dry sense of humor shines through sometimes… plus, I like the song he took those lines from 😉
This movie has a little something for everyone, and it is especially enjoyed by the kids. However, it has enough little, adult-level jokes to keep the older crowd laughing too.
What we didn’t Love
Granted that this movie was a satirical parody on pop culture and unexplainable trends, so it is expected to push the over-comercialization of the industries; but they did go a little overboard. The first thing you notice as the movie begins are the overwhelming ads for Target. It’s kind of funny in a sarcastic kind of way, and the next few ads for McDonalds, Pepsi, and others also got a chuckle.
But, it soon became a little bit annoying… Once the plot began to reveal itself, the over abundance of over-comercialization began to make sense and wasn’t quite so annoying. But, I suppose others might see it differently.
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