Bristling with all-girl attitude and spandex, The Runaways were one of the great glam rock groups of the 1970s. Whether the “Cherry Bomb” hit-makers have one of the great stories to tell is another stack of vinyl. This biopic follows a familiar path, albeit one dressed up in plastic fashion and simpering with sunken-cheek cool. Guitarist Joan Jett (Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) are brought together in an unholy marriage by unhinged Svengali Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon). From there it’s initial success, drug problems and disintegration–with a few same-sex smooches on the way. Aspiring riot grrl rockers will dig the big time’s adrenaline rush; everyone else will shake their heads knowingly when it all goes up in angel dust.
Extras: KStew, DFann and the real Joan Jett all contribute to the commentary track ‘n’ there’s a “making of” segment.
– By C. Bottomley
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