Josie & The Pussycats

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13

An unscrupulous manufacturer plans to add subliminal messages on popular CDs and the only thing he needs is a gullible young band to act as cover. That's when he finds Josie & The Pussycats and they become his unwitting accomplices. Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo and Missi Pyle. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - One kiss onstage in the middle of a concert which is also being seen on a big screen above the stage. A young man touches a young woman's back tenderly as he tries to help her fasten her dress. There is a near kiss. A woman is seen in an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny gold bikini. A music group sings and dances with suggestive wiggles. The costumes are retro-'70s with lots of really low hiphuggers and halter tops exposing cleavage and midriffs. The hiphuggers are so low that bottom cleavage is often exposed. A man opens his shirt to release his large, hairy belly. A woman's fly is open.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men jump from a plane mid-air leaving four young men presumably to crash. There are references to killing off bands who ask too many questions and there is a conversation about killing two young women in a fiery car explosion. Two men threaten two young women with baseball bats and talk about killing them. They chase them through a fake TV studio, swinging their bats and breaking paper scenery. A man stumbles and falls into a tarp and a number of things fall on him. A young woman hits a man with a cardboard cutout and knocks him over a railing, and a young woman jumps on a woman and a fight ensues including hair pulling and slapping. A woman tosses a young woman to the ground, and a young woman beats a man up with karate kicks and punches. A woman swings a guitar at a young woman and ends up hitting a piece of electronic equipment instead, blowing it up. A man stomps on a woman's foot and she screams. When a young woman gets out of the shower we see a message written in lipstick on a mirror and she screams. In two instances, two young men yell at each other (including insults) and nearly throw punches, but are stopped. A young woman is grabbed and dragged into a van which speeds off. A young woman clumsily knocks over a tower of CDs with her guitar. A young woman attempts to sit in a chair but misses and falls on the floor. A young woman who is distraught runs along a street and falls off her platform shoes, landing on the sidewalk. A man is seen with a sling on his arm and cuts on his face. Four young men are seen in body casts. Girls scream and chase after celebrities. A group of young women drive off recklessly, squealing their tires as they go.

PROFANITY 3 - Three scatological terms, nine anatomical references, several mild profanities, three religious exclamations, and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fame, greed, being popular, friendship, family, love, subliminal messages, coercion, lying, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Believe in yourself. Make your own decisions. Happiness is on the inside.

(Note: There are so many gratuitous product placements in "Josie & The Pussycats" that it is ironic considering the plot.)

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