VeganMoFo: Josie and the Pussycats
Dazed and Confused was Parker Posey’s first role, and she went on to earn the nickname ‘Queen of the Indies’, dabbling in the mainstream here and there. You may have recently seen her on Louie or New Girl, as Casey, the shot girl with a PHD.
Okay, I think we’ve established that I am no fine art cinema connoisseur. But there are even movies where I say, “That looks incredibly dumb and i’m not watching it.” Josie and the Pussycats was one of those movies. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was alone with my friend’s alcoholic mother, who I was deeply afraid of and who wanted to watch it, I never would’ve seen it.
Josie, Mel, and Val have big dreams of being rock stars, but the reality is that they’re playing in bowling alleys and Alan M, the hottest guy in Riverdale, is clueless about Josie’s feelings for him. They’re discovered by a record executive who needs to replace a boy band that he just offed, and they’re whisked away to The City to get makeovers, record an album, and help brainwash the youth of Americ–I mean uh, be totally jerkin’.
Josie and the Pussycats heavily makes fun of the music industry, from the amazing fake boy band to the over-the-top corporate sponsorship that goes on these days. You might see the Hostess sign in the picture above them, or them drinking coffee at Starbucks and think ‘ew, product placement’, but when you look at the Target-themed plane and room, and the McDonald’s themed bathroom, you have to realize the joke (also the movie received zero compensation for all of these product placements).
At times, the movie even makes fun of itself. When they’re flying to The City, Alexander (the band’s manager, if you aren’t familiar with the comics) looks at his sister (who hates Josie) and says, “I still don’t understand why you’re here.” and she says, “I’m here because I was in the comic book.”
The cast is also quite wonderful, with several award winners. Alan Cumming (X-Men 2, The Good Wife, more awards than you can shake a stick at), Rosario Dawson (Kids, Sin City, Rent, Death Proof, nominated for many awards), Gabriel Mann (Revenge, The Bourne Movies), Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That, Perception), Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip, Royal Pains), and super-funny Missi Pyle (The Sarah Silverman Program, Big Fish, Betty Bee in Pushing Daisies). Tara Reid, god bless her, has never played a role better than the space cadet hippie who cries over puppies getting old (the quote on my twitter profile is one of her lines from the movie).
I’ll let Seth Green represent DuJour with a single move.
The soundtrack did way better than the movie, and with good reason. It was produced by Babyface (who also has a cameo in the movie as The Chief), vocals were provided by Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo, and people like Bif Naked and Jane Wiedlin contributed.
Entree: One packet of ramen does go a long way, but grilled ramen will go even further because it’s a whole meal!
Dessert: When the going gets tough, the tough make lemon(ade) cupcakes!
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