Paid in Puke S2E9: Josie and the Pussycats

In this episode, we let the cats out of the bag with 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, written and directed by Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait) and starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid. This one’s a bit tough on us oldsters, as it’s targeting pre-teens and hits you over the head with it’s anti-consumerism message (whist occasionally shooting itself in the foot). It’s also a bit of a throwback to a very specific point in music economic history that requires some unpacking. Still, it promotes body positivity (as long as you’re not above 120 lbs) and chicks in rock and roll. So that’s…something.

2001, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

It also inspires some more t-shirts! Check out our store if you like any of the fictional power pop bands we invent in our Lunchtime Poll.

Girl Power! (Wait…wrong movie?)