Pin It
Favourite

Hello daddy, it's The Runaways 

Outstanding performances help this cherry bomb rise above the usual VH1 biopic fare.

Anyone who knows director/photographer Floria Sigismondi's music videos for David Bowie and The White Stripes would have expected her first feature-length film to be oversaturated in colour, exotic, torturously detailed. But Sigismondi pulls her contemporary aesthetic back to the more naturalistic look of 1975, when a shaggy 15-year-old Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) co-founded The Runaways, a pioneering bad-girl band that proved that vajayjay rock could have balls too. But there isn't enough Jett to take off. The film belongs to Bowie-obsessed Cherie Currie (an eerily mature Dakota Fanning)---the script is partly based on her book, after all---who was shaped like a jailbait wet dream by a domineering, sexually ambiguous manager Kim Fowley, played with flamboyant perverseness by Michael Shannon. The Runaways includes the usual VH1 biopic fare: drugs, band politics, the quick rise and crash, but even with a weak script it's worth the ride, because Sigismondi takes this band and these young women seriously. The scene where Currie first snarls: "Hello, Daddy, hello, Mom, I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb," is pure rock 'n' roll heaven.
The Runaways
Rated R (MPAA) · 105 min. · 2010
Official Site: runawaysmovie.com
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writer: Floria Sigismondi
Producer: Art Linson, John Linson and William Pohlad
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tatum O'Neal, Johnny Lewis, Brett Cullen and Stella Maeve

Trailer

Now Playing

The Runaways is not showing in any theaters in the area.

What others are saying

  • Pin It
    Favourite

    Latest in Film + TV

    Comments

    Showing 1-1 of 1

    Add a comment

     
    Subscribe to this thread:
    Showing 1-1 of 1

    Add a comment

    Trending in the Alternative Press

    .SpecialPlacement>Home

    Survey Asks

    What's the best freezie flavour?

    • Red
    • Orange
    • Purple
    • Pink
    • White
    • Blue

    View Results

    In Print This Week

    Vol 27, No 8
    July 18, 2019

    Cover Gallery »


    Real Time Web Analytics

    © 2019 Coast Publishing Ltd.