We Bought a Zoo
A widowed father played by Matt Damon moves to the South Californian country and purchases a zoo with his family
On Film4: 31 Aug 6:25PM
Gaudy, rather limp music industry satire focusing on the twentysomething members of an all-girl rock group, their scheming manager and his evil boss
If you're one of those people who likes nothing better than Hanna-Barbera cartoons made flesh, this will be right up your street. If, on the other hand, you've stopped wearing shorts, eating Space Dust and worshipping Johnny Ball, this'll bring back bad memories of Spiceworld and The Flintstones.
Of course, the film has its work cut out for it in the UK where Josie And The Pussycats is just a throwaway reference in Mike Myers' So I Married An Axe Murderer ("They make me horny/Saturday morny/girls in cartoons/will leave me in ruins").
The trouble is, its satirical target (the boy band, girl power melange that passes for modern music) is as easy to hit as an obese elephant. Sure there are a few nice barbs and parodies (an all-male ensemble called Dujour, cameo performances from MTV's Carson Daly and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds). But there nothing here to rival 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash', This Is Spinal Tap or so-so hip-hop spoof CB4, for that matter.
As a cartoon spin-off, it's a cut above The Flinstones but as a rock spoof, Josie And The Pussycats ranks a 'one' next to Spinal Tap's '11'.
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