17 Comments

Du Jour means a Josie and the Pussycats review

“Movies I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Seen Before Now” week may be over, but there’s still plenty of time to enter for your chance to win a 3D Blu-ray / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy 4-disc Prometheus combo pack in the TIWAM One Year Anniversary contest!

Plot

Okay, confession time. When I was a kid, Josie and the Pussycats was one of my favorite cartoons. Technically, I preferred Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, but the regular version was fine, too.

I say that to say this: My love for the cartoon directly influenced my enjoyment of this movie. Well, that, and the fact that it was incredibly self-aware. When it works, self-awareness can be great.

Characters

Whatever happened to Rachael Lee Cook, anyway? All three of the main characters did great jobs. The only characters here who weren’t that great were Alexander and Alexandra, but they weren’t in much of the film.

Visuals

This film came out in 2001, so there were still quite a few 90′s influences hanging around. For what it was, it worked, though. No complaints here.

Product Placement

If the TIWAM scoring system was in a cartoon, it would be flashing “TILT TILT TILT” right now.

Part of me wants to give this a 1 because there is no scene in this movie that doesn’t have at least 5 products shown. Part of me wants to give it a 3, because the product placement is satirical in nature. Part of me wants to give it a 2 because, even though it’s poking fun at product placement, it’s still product placement.

I guess I have to go down the middle.

Rewatchability

Despite the fact that merely thinking about this movie is enough to get the Josie and the Pussycats theme song stuck in my head (the original one, not the re-written one they used in the closing credits of this film), I still decided to keep it.

In closing, no review of Josie and the Pussycats would be complete without this video, which, along with the equally-great Jabberjaw video, was a major influence in the development of my artistic style back in the day.

17 comments on “Du Jour means a Josie and the Pussycats review

  1. I loved this movie when it came out, I still can’t believe how much flak it gets for being a bad movie. It’s got such great self-referential humor to it, and it’s just a fun movie. And black is the new pink. BTW, this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0-coASIjkQ) was my favorite of those Cartoon Network grooves.

    • I was definitely surprised by how good it was…mostly because of its reputation.

      They spread the self-referential jokes out just enough that the first one, “Why are you here?” “I’m in the comic” caught me off guard.

  2. Josie and the Pussycats is the greatest movie ever! (Join the Army!)

    Might have to watch it tonight now…

  3. WOW! 2.8 out of 3? Now I’ve never seen the whole thing so I can’t honestly have an opinion. But from what little I have seen, this is a surprise. I need to take time to watch it all.

  4. I was always going to enjoy this because Rosario Dawson is in it (hey, I’m shallow. So what?) but I love the self-referential humour as well. Good score, man. You’ll definitely enjoy Can’t Hardly Wait since you liked this.

  5. I loved this movie too, it was so quirky compared to the usual teenage movies and I found it really funny too!

  6. [...] following the rule set up in the Josie and the Pussycats review here and voting down the middle. Even if you’re calling attention to product placement [...]

  7. omg… major brownie points here… i love this movie… sorry I’m scanning through your movies right now seeing which one I’m voting for that you really seemed to have hated… after all what are friends for… :D

Today You Left a Comment

%d bloggers like this: