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PUSSY RIOT

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The A.V. Club was spot-on when they called Josie and the Pussycats (2001) “a secret success.” What came off like a bubblegum punk rags-to-riches re-hash of the Spice Girls story actually turned out to be a sometimes-smart, always-fun spoof on capitalism, product placement, and an ultra-slimy pop “music” industry looking to fleece teens for every meager penny of pocket change. All of which was unexpected, to say the least, for a movie based off on a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. It also had an absolutely killer soundtrack, which, ironically, made a tighter album than most non-fictional pop groups were producing at the time. Rachel Leigh Cook played the petite spitfire on screen, but the real voice of Josie was Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, with members of the Counting Crows, Go-Go’s, Matthew Sweet, and Babyface contributing to the 13 original tracks. Revisit the glitter bomb of a movie today at this screening and sing-a-long featuring drinking games, trivia, and, of course, the sweet dance moves of rival boy band Du Jour.

Sat., Aug. 16, 3 p.m., 2014

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