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Parents' Guide to

Josie and the Pussycats

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Movie rates itself out of an ideal audience.

Movie PG-13 2001 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

not bad. good to watch when you feel like it

good movie. when and if your in the mood for it.
age 5+

Josie and stuff

i think it was ok

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

There is a way to put a post-modern edge on a cheesy series from the childhood of today's 20-somethings, but that requires wit and complexity far beyond the folks who put this mess together. Their idea of making it appealing to teenagers is to have one character explain that she is there "because I'm in the comic book!" and to make the band's name into a double entendre. And the half-hearted lesson about the importance of thinking for yourself and the evils of the military-industrial complex are smirkingly undercut with the greatest cacophony of product placement in the history of the movies. There are issues of Vogue with less advertising than we have to watch in this movie.

There are a couple of funny jokes, especially when Fiona explains what happens to pop stars who don't go along with her plans (they end up on VH1's "Behind the Music") and when Tara Reid's real-life fiancé, MTV-hunk Carson Daly, chases her around a set trying to kill her. Posey and Cummings are always watchable. And the music is surprisingly good, well-produced and catchy. But the Pussycats are dreary, especially the lackluster Cook. We know Reid can do better, but with the thankless task of appearing as a girl so dumb that she sings "If You're Happy and You Know It" in the shower, dropping the soap every time she claps her hands, she has an impossible task.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 11, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: August 14, 2001
  • Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook , Rosario Dawson , Tara Reid
  • Director: Harry Elfont
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors, Indigenous actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language and mild sensuality
  • Last updated: August 17, 2023

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