Reviewer's Rating 2 out of 5  
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

Recent years have seen live-action versions of "The Flintstones" and "Inspector Gadget", and a "Scooby-Doo" movie will be released next year. So it was probably only a matter of time before Hollywood seized on cult 70s cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats" and gave it the big-screen treatment.

In the hands of writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (who both worked on the "Flintstones" prequel "Viva Rock Vegas"), "Josie" emerges as a frenetic, scattershot satire on the music biz and the youth's obsession with labels, brand names, and status symbols.

When boy band Du Jour are killed in a mysterious plane crash, the race is on to create a new overnight sensation. So scheming manager Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) and his vampy boss Fiona (Parker Posey) take Josie McCoy (Rachael Leigh Cook) and her band mates Melody (Tara Reid) and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) and turn them into the next big thing. What Josie doesn't realise is her music has been laced with subliminal messages in a secret government plot to control teen trends.

Anyone who has watched ten minutes of MTV will appreciate the movie's satirical barbs, and the risible Du Jour (deftly played by "Buffy" 's Seth Green and Breckin Meyer, among others) is a brilliant parody that will have the Backstreet Boys consulting their lawyers.

"Josie and the Pussycats" is released in UK cinemas on Friday 24th August 2001.

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End Credits

Director: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Writer: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Missi Pyle

Genre: Comedy

Length: 100 minutes

Cinema: 24 August 2001

Country: USA

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