Las Vegas Film Society

Josie and the Pussycats

Directed by: Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
Written by: Richard H. Goldwater(characters) & Dan DeCarlo
Starring: Richael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson
Alan Cumming, Parker Posey

I will say up front that I had my doubts about seeing this movie, because the trailers didn't show much, and I just didn't think they can do a good live action movie from a cartoon/comic book. I was dead wrong! This movie was really surprising and entertaining.

Basically Josie and the Pussycats gets signed on by record producer, Wyatt Frame(Alan Cumming). Josie and the Pussycats soon realize that their music is being presented with subliminal messages. This is all I will say that this movie is about as I want you to enjoy the movie, without knowing a lot.

Rachael Leigh Cook brings a lot of sweetness and some shyness to the Josie character, she's really pleasing to watch and I don't think I can see anybody else playing Josie. Tara Reid plays a ditzy, bubbly and nieve girl who runs around spreading sunshine and optimism, but doesn't overdue it to the point of over saturation. Her character does it just enough to be very lovable. Rosario Dawson also does a nice job as being the logical one, making sure the girls don't go over their heads.

Alan Cumming also brings another great character to the screen-it's just so fun to watch him in movies. Josie has great satire humor and almost plays out like an Austin Powers or a Charlie's Angels type of movie. Since this movie has to do with Subliminal messages, the movie also manages to stick in as many subliminal logos as possible for the audience. Which in turn pokes fun at the movie itself.

There is also a great parody of a Backstreet Boys band, called Dejour, who sing a song called "I'm your Backdoor Lover"-very funny!

In closing-I just love it when I go into a movie thinking I'm not going to get much out of it, and It ends up surprising me! Oh also-for you guys reading this, and thinking it's a 'chicks flick'-IT'S NOT!

-John Steffens

Another proud member of the Emperor family.