Du Jour means review time!
I saw Josie and the Pussycats last night, and was rather impressed. I tried to go into it with an open mind. On one hand, how could it be good? Based on Archie comics, produced by MTV? Reviews I saw were mixed, but the strange thing was that cool review sources really liked it. Like the Onion. The travesty of Gosford Park aside, the Onion's film reviewers get their stuff right. And they were right in this case.
It was a comedy that was actually really funny. Like, genuinely funny, not "supposed-to-be-funny." I get sick of supposed-to-be-funny, but that's a post for another time. Not only was it funny, but the intentionally thin plot was out of the way most of the time. The story had a trite anti-marketing through pop culture theme, but the film demonstrated it extraordinarily cleverly through having what seemed like at least one product placement in every single scene. Roughly the only problems with the film were the montage sequences. Goddamn montages, whose idea were they, anyway? Has there ever been a good film montage sequence? EVER? During those parts, the film lost its detached irony and seemed to become what it was making fun of.
At any rate. If you have the chance to see this movie, you should. It has a monkey at the start. What more do you need?