Nate and Ryan invite long-time friend Andrew Johnson in to discuss 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, a flop when it was released 21 years ago, but now a film that many are rethinking as its lasting impact is more apparent. Andrew has championed Josie ever since he first saw it in college, and has now brought his campaign to us. From the music, to the fashion, to the razor sharp criticism of corporate tastemakers, people are beginning to realize that Josie and the Pussycats was operating on a level that went over most people’s heads in 2001.
As the school year winds down and summer brings life-long change (or so teen comedies would have us believe), Nate and Ryan discuss Can’t Hardly Wait. Released 20 years ago, some of the hallmarks of late ’90s and early ’00s teen comedies can be traced back to Can’t Hardly Wait, yet it doesn’t quite hold a place among the “Teen Comedy Classics.” Nate and Ryan discuss whether it belongs there, and what qualifies a film for a place among the beloved. They also get unexpectedly serious in discussing whether a movie that accurately depicts the troubling social dynamics of its day has a place in today’s culture.
Was Can’t Hardly Wait a part of your teen years? What is your favorite teen comedy? What makes a “great” teen comedy in your mind? Let us know!