[[caption-width-right:300:''[[TitleThemeTune "...long tails and ears for hats..."]]'']]

''Josie and the Pussycats'' is a 2001 film adapted from [[Comicbook/JosieAndThePussycats the comic of the same name]], starring Creator/RachaelLeighCook, Creator/RosarioDawson and Tara Reid. It is about the titular all-female rock band getting the deal of a lifetime after struggling as an indie band -- a record deal with [=MegaRecords=], one of the largest music labels in the world.

Within a week, the band has skyrocketed to the top of the charts, and a legion of {{squee}}ing fans is following their every move. Unfortunately, there was some fine print in the contract that they should've read before they signed... you know, some stuff about having [[SubliminalAdvertising subliminal messages]] put in your music to sell stuff, and "dying tragically" in a plane crash or from an overdose if you [[HeKnowsTooMuch find out]] and resist. That sort of thing.

There was a ''huge'' legal brawl with Creator/ArchieComics over them getting residuals and/or royalties from the movie. In the end, the film was a BoxOfficeBomb, and its failure [[StarDerailingRole did lasting damage]] to Rachael Leigh Cook's film career[[note]](she's been relegated to DirectToVideo and {{Made For TV Movie}}s ever since, including voicing [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]] in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'')[[/note]]. In spite of all this, it has become something of a cult hit on VHS and DVD.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: DuJour's "Backdoor Lover" song.
* AnAesop... [[SpoofAesop or several dozen]]: "[[LampshadeHanging So, what's the moral of the story here]]? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Freaks should date other freaks]]?" "No, I think the moral of the story here is you should be happy with who you are. This whole time we've been spending all this money on expensive clothes trying to impress people, it never made ''me'' happy. No... no, oh my gosh, happiness is on the inside. I'm not ''this'', I'm not what I wear. ''I'm not what I wear!'' You should think about this."
* AsHimself: Creator/{{MTV}} VJ Carson Daly makes a brief appearance where he tries to kill Melody and Valerie on a fake ''TRL'' set. The scene becomes funnier if you know that, at the time the film was made, [[RealitySubtext Carson was dating Tara Reid]]. [[Film/AmericanPie Eugene Levy]] also hosts the instructional video describing why SubliminalAdvertising is so important to the economy, and MTV News anchor Serena Altschul makes an appearance.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Inverted. [[spoiler:The divaish record executve Fiona turns out to be Lisa Snyder, a nerdy girl with buck teeth who speaks with a lisp, and tries to put subliminal messages into her label's music to get everybody to like her. Meanwhile, Wyatt Frame, the suave Brit, turns out to be "White-Ass Wally," an albino American with a beer gut -- and one of Fiona/Lisa's former classmates. They cover up their looks using makeup, veneers and fake accents.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Dujour, previously thought to be dead in a plane crash]], at the end.
* BoyBand: Dujour is a parody of boy bands.
* {{Brainwashed}}: The evil executives use SubliminalSeduction to brainwash Josie and turn her into a bitchy diva.
* ConcertKiss
* CoolLoser: The Pussycats at the beginning of the film. Yes, that's right. Rachael Leigh Cook, Creator/RosarioDawson and (pre-trainwreck) Tara Reid are presented as ''unpopular''. Gotta love Hollywood.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Fiona.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Melody unexpectedly turns out to be an amazing martial artist.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After Josie asks the others they think Wyatt's offer of a record deal is a "little off", Melody, apparently accurately, noted the way he folded his ''napkin'' as an indicator of how lonely he is.
* DeconstructiveParody: Not only of itself, but most notably of the entire music industry.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Dujour's hit single, "Backdoor Lover".
* EvilDiva: Fiona. Subverted in that she doesn't actually make or perform the music, but is rather the CEO of a record company. The band is also unwittingly turned into these as a result of her actions.
* EvilIsPetty: All of the conspiracy, million of dollars of technology, and nearly getting the girls killed, and the endgame plan... [[spoiler:is to get people to think how cool Fiona is.]] Just... wow.
* EvilLaugh
* FakeNationality: Both out- and InUniverse: [[spoiler:Alan Cumming's character turns out to be an American. In other words, you've got a Scottish man [[FakeAmerican playing an American]] who's [[FakeBrit pretending to be English]].]] That sound you just heard was [[YourHeadASplode your head exploding]].
* ForTheEvulz: For no apparent reason, Wyatt seems to be deliberately degrading and trivializing Valerie from the very start; he leaves her on the side of the street when their car starts, delivers only two invitations to the party instead of three, etc. There seems to be no actual ''goal'' here, since he is not trying to force her out of the band or split up the friendship (at least, not until later, when [[HeKnowsTooMuch she starts asking questions]]). It really seems like he is torturing her [[ForTheEvulz just to see her squirm]]. On the DVD commentary, they say it's because [[NobodyLovesTheBassist she's the bass player]]. In addition, he's trying to force the Pussycats into ''his'' vision of the band (Josie as the FaceOfTheBand, with Valerie and Melody as backup). The reason he isn't grinding down Mel too is because she's [[TheDitz obviously going to be far less trouble]]. On a more sinister level, he might even be deliberately laying future seeds of conflict to keep the Pussycats too distracted with infighting to stumble across the truth like Dujour did.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the first song the girls play in the movie ("Three Small Words," over the opening credits), there's a subtle line about looking like porn stars, and also the words "I'm a ten-ticket thrill-ride, don't you want to come inside?"
** The signs that Melody holds to promote the band leads to a car crash [[DistractedByTheSexy when the "cats" in Pussycats gets blocked]].
** "Backdoor Lover" is a rare example of a triple entendre. The song could just be about sneaking into your house at night for some nookie without your parents noticing, but it gets worse. A backdoor man is a term for someone who is conducting a surreptitious affair with someone who is already in an established relationship, and the song does indeed mention right at the start that the love is wrong, giving credence to this meaning as well. Worse, however, "backdoor lover" has quite another meaning as well, and the song mentions running hands over cheeks, lying on the bed looking up at the "moon", and of course "coming" in through the back door and from behind. And naturally, [[AmbiguouslyGay the song never actually gives any indication that the lover they're singing to is, in fact, female, and makes frequent references to their love being forbidden or seen as a sin.]] In fact, the full version of the song features the following line: "Most people use the front door/But that's never been my way/Just 'cause I slip in through the back/That doesn't make me...hey!"
* GlamourFailure: Occurs twice with [[spoiler:Fiona when her veneers start slipping out of place, causing her to start lisping]]. The first time it happens, [[spoiler:she's able to quickly fix it and claim that it was just food stuck in her teeth]], while the second time, [[spoiler:it marks her VillainousBreakdown]].
* HotterAndSexier: Their outfits are just a tad hotter than one-piece swimsuits and leopard tights.
* LargeHam: Creator/ParkerPosey and Creator/AlanCumming are practically ''dueling'' for this title, explicitly so in the scene where they ''duel'' evil laughs.
* LiveActionAdaptation
* MassHypnosis
* MeaningfulName: Du Jour, the band of the day.
* MythologyGag: Alex asks why his sister is even with them. She says it's because she was [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall in the comics]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Dujour. They managed to safely land the plane after Wyatt and the pilot jumped out and left them for dead... only they landed it in the parking lot of a Music/{{Metallica}} [[OhCrap concert]].]]
-->"I thank God every day that I knew the lyrics to 'Enter Sandman'."
* ObliviousToLove: Alan M.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[http://www.archiecomics.com/characters/josie/josie.html Midvale]] [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield is in the Upper Midwest.]] How do we know? Because Rachael Leigh Cook's Minnes''oo''ta accent keeps slipping through.
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure
* ProductPlacement: Parodied by way of cranking it UpToEleven.
* ReunionRevenge: While no ClassReunion is featured in the film, when the girls who usually mocked Josie and her friends started worshipping them, Wyatt told them most people had to wait 10 years for [[ActorAllusion that kind]] [[Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion of revenge]].
* RockTrio
* SheFu: Melodie surprises everybody during the climactic fight scene.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'', which also starred Creator/AlanCumming.
** "''[[Film/CharliesAngels Barrymore, Diaz & Liu]] to play Pussycats in Josie Movie!''"
** [[spoiler:Wyatt]] and [[spoiler:Fiona]] both attended "Huntington High School", the same school from the filmmakers' previous movie, ''Film/CantHardlyWait''.
* StealthParody
* SubliminalAdvertising: The record company is putting subliminal messages into music in order to sell consumer products. The movie itself does this with one scene, where the words "''Josie and the Pussycats'' [[ShamelessSelfPromoter is the best movie ever]]!" are quickly flashed up on the screen and read out by Mr. Moviefone, with the words "Join the Army" in smaller print below. That example is really more superliminal. But for a true example, in the scene where Fiona explains [[EvilPlan the goal]] of [=MegaRecords=], the message "''Film/CantHardlyWait'' is under-rated" scrolls by on the wall in the background. Both this film and ''Can't Hardly Wait'' were written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. Creator/RogerEbert took the film to task for calling the hidden messages "subliminal" when they are in fact subaural.
* TakeThatAudience: You know, it takes real guts to make a film where the ''whole freakin' plot'' is about how your audience is full of brainwashed idiots who are incapable of thinking for themselves.
* TakeOurWordForIt: We never actually ''see'' [[spoiler:Dujour getting their asses kicked at the Metallica concert]], but judging by the full-body casts that most of them are wearing (except for the guy who knew the words to "Enter Sandman" -- and even he's pretty messed up), we can only guess what happened.
* TokenRomance: Alan M and Josie really do seem tacked onto the movie as an afterthought.
* VerbalBackpedaling: Became an OverlyLongGag with Fiona.
* WeakWilled: While all of the Pussycats (and everyone else exposed) falls for the subliminal messages very easily, Melody goes the extra mile. After a few seconds exposure:
-->'''Melody:''' I want a Big Mac!\\
'''Valerie:''' But, Mel, you're a vegetarian.\\
'''Melody:''' I know, but suddenly I want one!