IT’S 1975 AND THEY’RE ABOUT TO EXPLODE.
The story of the rise and fall of the first successful all-girl hard rock band, The Runaways, focuses on its most colorful and famous members, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett. They’re convincingly portrayed by Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (who’s clearly looking for something a bit more challenging than Twilight) and the movie also gets a boost from Michael Shannon as the producer who tries to educate the girls in the art of being badass. The filmmakers offer nothing new to the rock band bio formula, but it’s a compelling story, with nice use of period details and music.
2010-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. Book: Cherie Currie (“Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story”). Cast: Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett), Dakota Fanning (Cherie Currie), Michael Shannon (Kim Fowley), Alia Shawkat, Scout Taylor-Compton, Riley Keough… Tatum O’Neal.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Jett. Evan Rachel Wood was allegedly considered as Jett.