Director: Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Richard H. Goldwater & Dan DeCarlo & John L. Goldwater & Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
Budget: 22 million (estimated)
Domestic Gross: $14 252 830
yes you read that right, it does say Josie And The Pussycats as the title of this post. this is a film, like Dick which i discussed during an earlier post, that i think could have appealed to two very separate audiences but instead just ended up getting lost to both.
the most obvious audience for the film is the teenage crowd, being that it deals with boy and girl bands and the whole crazy teen pop music industry. however, the film is quite a good satire that i felt played more to an older audience.
that's not to say it isn't just a fun movie with catchy pop music that a younger crowd would enjoy, because it is that also. it is kind of like many of the disney movies of the last 10-15 years: they are kids movies but there are enough jokes that only 'the adults' will get to make it fun for everyone.
what might have made it hard to position was the fact that the film is based on the Josie And The Pussycats television series that aired from 1970-1972. that means that when the film came out the people that would recognize it from having seen the tv show would have been around 30 years old - definitely not the audience the studio or the advertising was geared towards.
this is to bad though, because there is quite a bit of stuff in the film that only 'the adults' would get. i doubt many of you, when you hear about the movie Josie And The Pussycats, think satire, but that is very much what this film is - a very funny satire on the teen pop music industry with the basic premise that for years the record industries have been inserting subliminal messages into music turning teenagers into unsuspecting purchasing zombies, killing off any band that figures out their scheme. josie and the pussycats are picked from obscurity by an evil manager to be the next pawns in the industries plan - doesn't sound as teenybopperish as you thought, does it?
the performances are good all around, from allen cumming to parker posey to rachael leigh cook and rosario dawson. my favorites are seth green and breckin meyer who play two members of the backstreet boysesque band 'dujour'. the scene when they are all arguing about a cover photo of the group on a magazine and who is allowed to do what facial expression is hysterical - as are the overtly sexual lyrics to a couple of the songs they perform.
i'm not claiming that Josie And The Pussycats deserved any awards, however it is definitely a film that went bust at the box office and was quickly forgotten. it was assumed to be just another teen movie by many, when it is actually better then that and one worth remembering and checking out if you are looking for a fun time.