Score of the Week: Josie and the Pussycats

That’s fucking right I love Josie and the Pussycats! This underrated gem received a lot of flak for being a run of the mill teen comedy about achieving your dreams. What the critics missed however is how much this film is a parody of those archetypal movies. The incredible thing to consider is that the satire isn’t even subtle! It’s wonderfully clear and stabs at everyone in the music business.

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Nowhere is the parody more clear than in their spoof of 90s era boy bands: DuJour (a name that essentially translates to “flavour of the day”). In our introduction to DuJour, we are blessed with what is perhaps one of the funniest songs in all of filmdom. Need I say more than “Back Door Lover”? Maybe just this: there are few songs about butt sex, and this is one of them.

Other than this parodist exercise, the film is full to the brim with mini pop-punk gems, including the leadoff track, “3 Small Words” an infectious tune that, much like the rest of the songs on the soundtrack, features legitimately raucous guitars and riot grrrl power.

And grrrl power is what this film is all about. The mid-90s saw a resurgence in female-lead music, with the emergence of bands like Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill, and softer acts like Sarah McLachlan, who would go on to establish the Lilith Fair, a traveling festival that featured female groups and singers. It is in this spirit that Josie and the Pussycats was born, as the film is a love letter to the little bands that subvert the corporate record companies that run the industry. And what better way to subvert the system than by taking a well known property and making a bold, biting comedy about the rise of a girl group that rocks harder than any of the boys.

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