The Runaways

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Comedy drama

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Tue Sep 7 2010

Little in life is as frustrating as a film that should be effortlessly brilliant but can’t quite make it happen. The true story of The Runaways – five LA teens who formed an all-girl rock group and had a fistful of classics before imploding amid self-righteous recrimination – reads like the archetypal rock biopic plot. Pop-vid veteran Floria Sigismondi shoots with gorgeous, sun-kissed super-saturation and her recreation of the sleazy ’70s proto-punk scene is flawless.

Even the mainstream cast – including Dakota Fanning and pouty ‘Twilight’ misanthrope Kristen Stewart –  seems to be having fun with the juicy riot-grrrl roles. Fanning is particularly impressive as exploited pubescent princess Cherie Currie, whose downfall forms the film’s central thread.

But, perhaps owing to Sigismondi’s lack of long-form experience, it never comes together. Isolated scenes look stunning but ‘The Runaways’ never establishes a consistent mood, hopping from rebellious exuberance to doom-laden music industry critique. It doesn’t help that the script’s central point, about the exploitation of young girls, is contradicted by the material – Joan Jett became one of rock’s most respected women – and undermined by a camera which lingers lovingly, even leeringly, on 16-year-old Fanning’s scantily clad body. The result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential.
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Geddy

A superb and totally under-rated film. I loved the detailed recreation of the 70's music scene and the vivid protrayals of the band members and their wonderfully OTT manager. Would be of interest to all rock fans or those into 70's retro stuff.

Geddy

A superb and totally under-rated film. I loved the detailed recreation of the 70's music scene and the vivid protrayals of the band members and their wonderfully OTT manager. Would be of interest to all rock fans or those into 70's retro stuff.

Evie

A vibrant and entertaining rock biopic. Kristen Stewart totally inhabits her role as Joan Jett and Dakota delivers an impressively mature and vulnerable performance. The relationship between Cherie and her sister rings true and gives the film some heart beyond just girls behaving badly.

Paul

I'm with Daniel, Shannon was superb and I hope he will get an Oscar nomination for his Foley. Definately worth seeing it for this alone. Kristen Stewart extends herself beyond her usual plank school of acting too.

Daniel

Michael Shannon is fantastic as Kim Fowley, worth the price of admission alone