Groovy Movies: Ears up, claws out

Josie and the Pussycats is a nostalgic comedy that will bring viewers joy to watch


Universal Studios

Up beat music, tacky costumes, and colorful scenery make 2001 film “Josie and the Pussycats” stand out in a sea of forgotten films.

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 movie about an all-female rock band who are trying to make it big in the music industry. This movie is one of those movies that you can one thousand percent identify the year it was made in without paying attention at all. Every joke, every costume, and especially every song screams 2001. 

“Josie and the Pussycats” used to be one of my favorite movies ever and I completely forgot about it until I saw it scrolling through HBOMax. I can definitively say that this movie is the root of all of my wild girl band dreams. Between the awesome hairstyles, funky costumes, and perfectly cluttered scenery, this movie makes you want to immediately learn how to play guitar. 

After watching this movie for the first time in probably 6 years, there are a lot of huge plot points that I didn’t remember at all. There’s an entire government ploy to convince teens to buy a bunch of stuff they don’t need. Not only that, but it’s pretty apparent from the beginning that something isn’t going to end well with the band. Even when I was only about 30 minutes in, they were just too close for it to end well for them. 

One of my favorite things about this movie now that I definitely didn’t notice when I was little is the comedy. It’s definitely a cheesy early 2000s comedy, but it’s not nearly as overdone as other movies that came out within that same time period. The jokes are by no means actually funny, but they aren’t repeated so many times that they get obnoxious either, which can be pretty hard to find in movies now. 

Watching “Josie and the Pussycats” definitely made me feel kind of nostalgic, which I didn’t think I was old enough for. I only remembered the fun parts of the movie like the music and costumes and not the actual plot, but that made watching this movie again so much more enjoyable because I didn’t immediately know what was going to happen next. 

If you haven’t seen “Josie and the Pussycats” you should definitely watch it, and if you have seen it, watch it anyways. It’s a fun movie that deserves to be more popular than it is. 

“Josie and the Pussycats” is currently available to watch on HBOMax.