The Runaways—Movie

Sex, drugs and rock and roll…The Runaways is all this and much more.

The Runaways, written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, is the story of 70’s all-girl rock group, The Runaways. Based in part on lead singer Cherie Currie’s book, “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway,” The Runaways shows in dramatic fashion the highs and lows of fame…both literally and figuratively.

The Runaways is well-served from fabulous acting by Kristin Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie respectively. Stewart makes you forget about her Twilight career.  She displays the grit and determination of Runaways’ founder Jett, and boy, can she sing. She is absolutely fantastic.  The real revelation, however, is Fanning. She is amazing in every conceivable way. This is her introduction to Hollywood as an adult actress and Fanning delivers big time. She has the voice and the moves to compete with any rocker of any era.  Her portrayal of Currie’s journey from wide-eye innocent to uninhibited, drug-toking, hardened performer is shockingly great. Fanning has the acting chops that prove she’ll have a successful career for as long as she wants. Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley, the band’s manager and producer, seems more caricature than real person. But he does convey how hard it was for an all female rock group to be taken seriously.

The Runaways is better than most biopics. It makes you long for a sequel…how Jett moved on from the Runaways to The Blackhearts.  But in the meantime, just be thankful we have The Runaways for terrific performances from some unexpected places and for some of the best rock and roll music heard in a movie in a long time.

3 nuggets out of 4


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3 Responses to “The Runaways—Movie”

  1. darylbecker Says:

    I agree, the film was much better than I had anticipated and I loved it. It got me charged to listen to the Runaways and Joan Jett albums all over again!


  2. Jennifer Says:

    I really can’t wait to go and see this movie. I teach in a high school, and I’m amazed how many of the kids haven’t even heard of it !?!? I’ve heard nothing but excellent reviews.


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