April 23, 2001 12:00 PM

Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey

Josie wants to be this year’s Charlie’s Angels. Who wouldn’t? Angels, a hit movie from a dumb TV show, was fun and sexy and shiny and smart, like a fully accessorized supermodel with brain already installed. But Josie is more like a suburban girl doing her best to keep up. She colors her hair, shortens her skirt, whitens her teeth. She may even wind up prom queen. But shopping alone at the mall, she knows she is a fake.

Based on a comic book that was adapted in the ’70s into a popular cartoon, Josie follows the misadventures of three would-be rockers (Cook, Reid and Dawson). They are signed to a recording contract by a scout (Cumming) looking for fresh but unsuspecting talent: The label’s owner (Posey) buries subliminal messages in the music, spurring kids to go on shopping sprees.

The movie is full of quick, funny gags—MTV’s Carson Daly turns up as a hit man—but Josie and her friends are lifeless characters, passive victims of the mean grown-ups. Cumming and Posey, preening like crazy, are the true teen spirits here. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Girls can’t play

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