Rewind, Be Kind: Josie and the Pussycats

USA | 2001 | 98 min. | Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

July 27, 2024

Rewind, Be Kind

Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Val (Rosario Dawson) move from small-town Riverdale to New York City when their band The Pussycats is offered a record deal. The label, spear-headed by CEO Fiona (Parker Posey), changes their name, their style, and attempts to control their every move.

Series Pass: $84 | $64 Members (All in price, includes $4 service fee)
Pass provides access to all in-person Rewind, Be Kind screenings, July 26-28 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

SIFF year-round passes are not valid for this screening. Vouchers are valid.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Josie and the Pussycats

Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont scheduled to attend for a post-film Q&A. Q&A included with admission.


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Saturday, July 27, 2024

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Due to mismarketing, Josie and the Pussycats reactions from critics and audiences were confused– who was it meant for? Is it supposed to be a straightforward teen comedy or a satire? Luckily, over the years, it’s found its audience and is finally appreciated for its genius. Josie is the ultimate “the world wasn’t ready for this one” movie. It’s incredibly stylish and iconic in its production design and costumes. With expert direction and a brilliant screenplay by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan and a hilarious ensemble cast, Josie is an effective satire of capitalism, fame, the concept of “selling out”, and the MTV/TRL era that was incredibly misunderstood at the time of release.

Plus, the songs are earworm-y pop perfection. You’ll want to listen to this soundtrack on repeat forever.

—Kyra from Super Yaki

  • Director: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
  • Principal Cast: Rosario Dawson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 98 min.
  • Producer: Tony DeRosa-Grund, Tracey E. Edmonds, Chuck Grimes Marc Platt
  • Screenplay: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
  • Cinematographers: Matthew Libatique
  • Editors: Peter Teschner
  • Music: John Frizzell
  • Filmography: Can't Hardly Wait
  • Language: English