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The Runaways

“The Runaways”

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Writers: Floria Sigismondi(screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon

Review by Scotty

This movie has the same story line as many rock band movies do.  Unknown to famous to band break up.  If you were looking for something different than go elsewhere.

This film is an artsy portrayal of the rise and fall of the all girls 70’s band call “The Runaways” who consisted of Joan Jett(Kristen Stewart )Lita Ford(Scout Taylor-Compton), and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning).  It starts out as bad girl Joan Jett approaches Kim Fowley(Michael Shannon), a record producer known for his eccentricities, and says I play guitar. Kim then calls over a drummer he knows and sets up some practice times.  Something is missing and Kim Fowley fills the void with Cherie Currie, a Bowie fan who accepts the invitation from Fowley to be in the band.

The band was Fowley’s concept of selling young girl sexuality and Cherie Currie did not take much arm twisting to become the sex symbol for “the Runaways” and success seemed easy.  But with success comes resentment and as the film winds down the band breaks up as Cherie leaves the band for good.

The movie explores very little history about the members of the band, although you get a little of Cherie’s tumultuous family life but it lacks in character development.  The funny thing is, is that was what I wanted the most.  The music itself cannot carry this movie and therefore I thought it was lacking in what we as an audience wants, either lots of sex, drugs and rock n roll or a story with depth and development.

Kristen Stewart made me forget that she was the girl in “Twilight” about 25 minutes into and that was a good thing, Dakota Fanning made me feel a little creepy like I was not supposed to even think of her as I did in this movie, and Michael Shannon was great as an eccentric Hollywood type and I personally think he was a stand out here, he was just smarmy and played his role perfectly.

I give it 1 ½ guys

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