Josie and the Pussycats (film)

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German title Josie and the Pussycats
Original title Josie and the Pussycats
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2001
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Harry Elfont
Deborah Kaplan
script Harry Elfont
Deborah Kaplan
production Tony DeRosa-Grund
Tracey E. Edmonds
Chuck Grimes
Marc Platt
music John Frizzell
camera Matthew Libatique
cut Peter Teschner

Josie and the Pussycats is a comedy of Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan from the year 2001 and is based on the same Archie comic from the 1970s.


After the superstars "DUJour" crashed in a plane, the unscrupulous music manager Wyatt is looking for a new band for their record company Mega Records on behalf of his eccentric boss Fiona . Josie and her two friends Val and Mel from Riverdale, who formed the little band "The Pussycats" together, ran into Wyatt shortly afterwards. He doesn't hesitate and immediately signs the girls. As "Josie and the Pussicats" the band has one hit after the other. However, they do not know that their record company, with the knowledge of the government, is incorporating hidden messages into their songs through which the listener is led to consume certain products and to love the musicians. However, as soon as the stars become suspicious, as happened with "DUJour", these are "eliminated".

Josie and her friends are initially happy about their success and Josie falls in love with her old friend and musician Alan. Gradually, however, Josie and Val become skeptical about the rapid rise of their band. Tensions quickly develop within the group as Val feels disadvantaged compared to Josie. Fiona then tries to get rid of Val and Mel by u. a. by MTV presenter Carson Daly, who is involved in the plot, wants to murder. But the girls fight back and flee to warn Josie. In the meantime, she was brainwashed using a new type of device hidden in headphones and turned them away. Shortly afterwards, however, Josie understands what has happened to her and discovers the messages in her songs. When she wants to call the police, Fiona threatens her with killing Val and Mel, who are held captive by her, and forces them to go through with the concert that is planned soon. On the evening of the concert, the guys from "DUJour", who survived the plane crash, appear and help to distract Fiona and Wyatt for a while. Josie frees her friends and fights with them against Fiona and Wyatt, whereby the device that was supposed to play the messages during the concert is destroyed. Shortly thereafter, government agents show up and Josie accuses Fiona and Wyatt of fraud. They are arrested and Agent Kelly tells the two that the government has found a better way to influence people: hidden messages in films.

"Josie and the Pussicats" play their concert at the end and realize that people love their music even without the hidden messages that lead them to do it. Alan explains his love to Josie in front of the assembled audience and the two kiss.


“Comedy staged in the style of music television, which is itself part of the industry that criticizes it, but packs the satire in a way that is suitable for the masses and stimulates independent thinking. The characters, influenced by the original comic, appear caricatured and some gags look dull, but overall the film offers appealing entertainment. "

“The dummies from Melody (Reid) belong to the product placements of a fast food chain to the lonely high points of the attempted satire about manipulation and greed of the twenties. After all, one message survived the film: Forget tuna. Eat at McDonald's. "

- Cinema 08/2001

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Josie and the Pussycats. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed June 5, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Josie and the Pussycats ( Memento from April 7, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) in the Dirk Jasper FilmLexikon

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