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Josie and the Pussycats (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 49
CAP Influence Density: 1.02

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

Josie and the Pussycats (PG-13) -- a ton of "lesser" ignominy.

Yes, this shaper for preteens was R-13 because of a plethora of potty mouth and clothing mom and many dress codes would not likely permit. *Josie and the Pussycats* is another movie which uses the apparently new technique of stuffing movies full of "lesser" issues of impropriety to get the same "fix" or "rush" of filth as in R-rated films but garnering a lesser rating. Consider the ignominious behaviors and imagery in a set called A as worth 10 bads each, but the rather bold behaviors and imagery in set B as worth 100 bads each. Some movies (such as PG-13 movies) seem to stuff their content with a ton of "lesser" ignominy from set A, e.g., use 100 examples while R-rated movies use bold programming from set B but present only 10 examples of them. This yields the same magnitude of influence, namely:

A (PG-13): (100 examples) x (10 bads each) = 1000 bad examples
B (R): (10 examples) x (100 bads each) = 1000 bad examples

*Josie and the Pussycats* used a ton of the set A "lesser" bads giving it an equivalent effect of an R-rated movie.

There are actually two subplots to this flick. One plot being of the teen girl band, "The Pussycats" getting their big break into fame, and one of commercial gain via subliminal messaging to control a population (teens). Well? An Oriental nation did it many moons ago! They controlled the dissidents by dictating what music the population could listen to and make! And subliminal messaging in movies was tried (and outlawed) in America in the 50s to increase concession sales but with disputed effectiveness! Why not in the modern teen world? What a staggering thought! Maybe we could control toddlers and babies in the same way! And senior citizens? Mom and dad!? Schools? Government? THE WORLD!? Ya-a-a-a, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!

Josie McCoy (Rachel Leigh Cook), Melody Valentine (Tara Reid) and Valerie Brown (Rosario Dawson) are the Pussycats. They have been playing at small gigs such as at bowling alleys for some time and have not developed a "following." That is Josie's focus -- to develop a following just like the commercially and economically engineered boy band named Band Du Jour. Aha! There is a *reason* the Band Du Jour is so popular. Their producers, Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming - *Spy Kids* ) and his boss, Fiona (Parker Posey) have been embedding subliminal messaging with subaural dubbing on the music played by Band Du Jour; with messages that tell the teens precisely what they want to hear -- and what the money-hungry producers want the kids to hear. Romans 16:18 speaks against they who use smooth talk to dupe people into believing lies about the Scriptures and His Grace but fits here as well since it speaks out against those who talk smooth to deceive and confuse in order to serve their own interests.

After an attempted murder of the Du Jour band by Frame and desperate for a new "sensation", Frame latched onto the Pussycats without even hearing them play or sing one note. Dragging them off to the world of tinsel, bright lights and free luxurious motels, Valerie and Melody started to notice how Josie was becoming bitter, uncaring, egocentric and even vicious. Then Josie noticed how she had become bitter, uncaring, egocentric and even vicious. But Josie, being the "brains" of the outfit figured out that the Fiona-Frame pair had been conditioning her with subliminal messaging under the CDs of her music she was forced to listen to for the trumped up purpose of evaluating them before release. Once Josie had figured out the dastardly deed, she launched a repair campaign to rescue the world from the messaging meisters.

By the way, there are no parents or any other authority in this preteen shaper I could find. It does seem strange that the girls could possess a house with a garage, vehicles, sound equipment and such straight out of high school, so one must assume there are parents ... somewhere. It did seem, though, that the girls were completely free from any authority. Some of that freedom from authority was found in dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure -- a form of exhibitionism, "advertising" to some -- and a lot of it; no nudity, but no doubt (especially with the full male nudity, genitals masked by convenience objects). God admonishes us in First Peter 5:5 to clothe ourselves in humility. The wearing of revealing dress and streaking are hardly humble. Also flippin' off authority was the proliferation of the three/four letter word vocabulary upon which God looks very sternly [Col. 3:8, Titus 2:6-8]. "Yeah, well I hear it and more every day at school." Yeah, well that does not excuse the sin of speaking it. Nor does the first time excuse the second, the third ... the thousandth. When God tells us not to set vile things before our eyes [Ps. 101:3], the ears are included. Eyes do not come without ears. Though hearing one of the school kids use foul language is sinful for the one speaking the filthy communication but not for the ones hearing it, to set yourself and/or your kids in front of a screen you know will present vulgarity is another matter altogether. Whether I believe it or not.

Remember what I've been saying about movies promoting freedom from accountability, freedom from consequences and freedom from authority: about the stealing of childhood from children? Well, *Josie* is a good one for this. God speaks to us through His Word [Prov. 10:1, 29:15] which tells us that to leave our children (which includes uncleaved teens) to themselves (other than age-appropriate autonomy decided by the parents) without guidance and control will result in a son or daughter bringing grief to his/her father and shame to his/her mother. Makes sense, doesn't it? God knows what He is talking about. And the sin of exhibitionism should be grief to a father and shame to a mother. Since mom/dad answers to the Father for his/her children, mom/dad should decide FOR the child what is and is not exhibitionistic, NOT the movies and fads started by them and not the child. And when the child is no longer a child is up to mom and dad, NOT the movies.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Rom. 16:18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • 1Pet. 5:5 Young men [and women], in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud [which can include exhibitionism] but gives grace to the humble."
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • Ps. 101:3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. ...
  • Prov. 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Josie and the Pussycats (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted murder of four
  • reckless driving to show off
  • kidnapping
  • planning evil
  • threat to kill
  • threatening to murder with fire
  • fighting sequence
  • attempting evil control by sublimination

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • male in girl's restroom: "It's nothing I haven't seen before."
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • song of lust for money
  • lies
  • racial insult and rejection because of race

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • excessive cleavage/breast exposure
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • session of sexual insults
  • sexual comments, innuendo
  • dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • teen girl in shower
  • teen girl in tub
  • full male nudity, genitals masked by convenience objects

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen planning to start drinking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain, none with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." . And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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