The Runaways


Music drama with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart Discuss this article

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Wasn’t it only yesterday that Dakota Fanning shrieked her way into your splitting headache in War of the Worlds? She was just 11 back then, and in this fast-and-loose dramatisation of the flameout of the ’70s proto-grrrl group, she’s all of 15. Fanning’s co-star, vamp bait Kristen Stewart, isn’t that much more experienced (she can vote).

These two make up the film’s frontline as, respectively, blonde yowler Cherie Currie and future-bad-reputation-disregarder Joan Jett. It’s exactly as it should be; the band’s story is a cautionary one. So if you feel yourself getting protective, the movie is doing its job.

The two underage characters meet, naturally, in a bar, shoved together by creepy LA entrepreneur Kim Fowley (Shannon). Soon enough, they’re crammed into a motor home, working on chord ch-ch-changes and sliding inexorably toward drugs and Japanese fame. As styled by director Floria Sigismondi, the film mainly glances on these surfaces – it’s more giggly goofy than naughty. There’s very little pathos here for something presumably informed by Currie’s 1989 memoir. Still, there’s lots of volume in these tunes – the soundtrack is killer – and at least everyone gets their rocks off.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

The Runaways

  • Duration: 106
  • Released: Thu, 02 Dec
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Floria Sigismondi
  • Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Riley Keough, Johnny Lewis, Tatum O'Neal, Brett Cullen

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