The Runaways (2010)
August 7, 2023 10:12 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the Runaways -- the now-legendary group that paved the way for future generations of female rockers. Under the Svengalilike influence of impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the band becomes a huge success, with Joan as the band's hard-rocking heart, and Cherie as the sex kitten. However, the teens' stormy relationship threatens the band's future.

Also starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Riley Keough, Stella Maeve, Alia Shawkat, Keir O'Donnell, Johnny Lewis, Hannah Marks, Tatum O'Neal, Brett Cullen, Brendan Sexton III.

Written & directed by Floria Sigismondi. Based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by the band's lead vocalist Cherie Currie. Co-produced by Joan Jett.

69% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


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posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This one might seem an obvious choice, but honestly, I was shocked it wasn't on FF yet. Some of the most electrifying performance scenes of any rock biopic.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:13 AM on August 7, 2023

Super underrated film.
posted by praemunire at 11:04 AM on August 7, 2023 [2 favorites]

If I have any complaint about this film, it's sort of a sideways one: while Fanning and Stewart are excellent in their star turns, Michael Shannon's performance as Kim Fowley is so riveting, he threatens to steal every the movie and run away (ha) every time he's in a scene.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:18 AM on August 7, 2023

I thought it was great when it was released, but haven't seen it since. And looking back: man, what a cast! It feels like Kristen Stewart properly oriented her career on the path she wanted after Clouds of Sils Maria, but I would argue this movie started it. (Here Joan Jett is yet another moody teenager, but feels a lot more complex than all the other sullen teenagers she has played.)
posted by grandiloquiet at 11:23 AM on August 7, 2023

The "Dead End Justice" scene really nails what it feels like to be in a crappy club with a band that is exploding and positively owns the room.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:30 PM on August 7, 2023

Loved this movie. In addition to the performances by Fanning, Stewart, and Shannon, it's also the first movie role for Riley Keough, currently in Daisy Jones & the Six and the granddaughter of a fairly-well-known musician. (She plays Cherie Currie's twin Marie.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:05 PM on August 7, 2023 [1 favorite]

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