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"Rock ‘n' roll fans of every gender and generation will identify with this." - A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Stewart and Fanning have never been stronger.” –Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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The Runaways follows the myth of the band, The Runaways. Created by Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) a long time Sunset Strip dissipate/denizen with record producer cards in his pocket he meets the teenaged Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) who wanted to start an all girl band. Fowley accommodates her by her introducing her to drummer Sandy West (Stella Maeve) and they go prowling L.A. clubs to find a Bridget Bardot type to front the band and discover the 15 year old Cherie Curry (Dakota Fanning). Fowley soon has them in a an abandoned trailer to practice as he whips them into shape with his "Rock `n' Roll boot camp." The irony in The Runaways was that the band was the creation of the band (like the Sex Pistols owing their existence to Malcom McLaren) both of whom understood the style over substance philosophy of self-promotion and controversy. When The Runaways started discovering themselves as artists they had to fight Fowley who treated them as a product and that he owned them, and they owed their success to him.
As the band climbs to rock stardom, the movie captures at first the freedom and victory the first flash that success provides.Read more ›
Oh, one other thing that bothered me quite a bit was at the end or the movie they say what happened to Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and manager (went on to do so and so...). But, again they left out Lita Ford, Sandy and the bass player (who's name escapes me at the moment). That was really a huge mistake in my mind and I'm shocked they did that.
A note on the extras. I listened to the whole movie with the commentary by Joan Jett and the two stars. While interesting, the girls spoke over Joan Jett all the way through discussing their performances and just random stuff (mostly just talking to talk). I really wanted to hear from Joan what really happened through out, but she hardly was given a chance to tell us. Also, they should of asked the other band members to be there as well as their thoughts and memories would have been very interesting.
The film does a good job showing a by-gone era that has long passed from platform shoes, bell-bottom jeans, and feathered-hairdos that typified the 70s. But the Runaways along with their male counterparts, the Ramones helped the listening public keep abreast with guitar driven rock amidst the dance fever that was riding the wave of the decade. However, fame and success does not come without unfortunate circumstances, ironies, and clichés that are explicitly displayed throughout this fairytale rags to riches story. It is these aspects that make the band's story interesting in two instances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought Dakota Fanning did a great job in this movie. Kristen Stewart acted like she always does with the same facial expressions... Read morePublished 4 days ago by P.K. Collins
It was a very superficial movie. Instead of showing how each of them learned their instruments, for example, they spent more time than was necessary to drive home the point that... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Christina K.
Skipped over Lita Ford's contribution to the success of the group, performances were flat except for Michael Shannon, poor casting choices for other characters, Kristen Stewart, as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julia Segrove-Jaurigui
I really enjoyed the movie. I think both actresses did a great job. I know it didn't get great reviews, but I liked it.Published 1 month ago by Frances Miller
This movie is so good. It's just one of those movies that you can watch again and again. Very entertaining and well-made. This was such a great purchase.Published 1 month ago by Rachel Newton
Not a bad movie, but never should have been called The Runaways - this was a bio about Joan Jett and Sherrie Currie and barely acknowledged the other members of the band - Micki... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trail Stomper