Josie, Melody and Val are three small-town girl musicians determined to take their rock band out of their garage and straight to the top, while remaining true to their look, style and sound. They get a record deal which brings fame and fortune but soon realize they are pawns of two people who want to control the youth of America. They must clear their names, even if it means losing fame and fortune.
Rachael Leigh Cook plays Josie, whose band, the Pussycats, is so far down that even the group's managers ridicule it. But the Pussycats are hurled into stardom when a record executive (Alan Cumming) signs them to his label and remakes them. It turns out that Josie and company are pawns in a government conspiracy to use pop music to brainwash kids. "Josie" takes off from both the Archie Comics character and the cartoon series in which the band ran around solving mysteries. But the film is gruelingly self-referential, substituting sarcasm for irony. No one got around to telling the filmmakers that when a picture laughs at itself, it relieves the audience of the necessity of having to do so. — Elvis Mitchell
2001-04-11 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Josie and the Pussycats