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The Runaways

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The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi (2010)

96min
15 Certificate
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Following the blockbusting Twilight series, Kristen Stewart gets even moodier in this true-story drama, which marks the feature debut of music-video director Floria Sigismondi. Stewart plays the teenage Joan Jett, who burst onto the rock scene in the mid-1970s as lead guitarist of all-girl rock band the Runaways and later scored a solo hit with I Love Rock 'n' Roll in 1981. But the main focus here is on lead singer Cherie Currie (on whose book the film is based) and the intense friendship that develops between her and Jett as the band is groomed for a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. It's a wild coming-out party for former child star Dakota Fanning, who plays Currie like a juvenile Madonna. Sex and drugs are, naturally, integral to the story, and the aesthetic is believably grimy as Currie's performances become more provocative and the drugs more free-flowing. Tensions within the group intensify as foul-mouthed manager Kim Fowley (played with suitable intensity by Michael Shannon) demands more from the girls. Essentially, this is Currie's sob story and it can feel too self-pitying at times, though the high-wattage pairing of Stewart and Fanning keeps it together.

Summary

Biopic of the 1970s rock band, following guitarist Joan Jett's alliance with eccentric producer Kim Fowley to create an all-female group. Troubled 16-year-old singer Cherie Currie catches Fowley's eye as the perfect frontwoman for the group, but as they embark on a Japanese tour, life in the public eye takes its toll. Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

Cast & Crew

Joan Jett Kristen Stewart
Cherie Currie Dakota Fanning
Kim Fowley Michael Shannon
Marie Currie Riley Keough
Lita Ford Scout Taylor-Compton
Robin Alia Shawkat
Cherie's mom Tatum O'Neal
Cherie's dad Brett Cullen
Sandy West Stella Maeve
Scottie Johnny Lewis
Director Floria Sigismondi
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: E1 Entertainment Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug use. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 10 Sep 2010

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