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The Runaways

Year: 2010
Production Co: River Road Entertainment
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writer: Floria Sigismondi/Cherie Currie
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon

Interesting as rock docs go. Kristen Stewart – who obviously wants to be seen as a serious actress – is going in the right direction to distance herself from the Twilight end of the spectrum with roles like this. It remains to be seen whether she can do any more than scowl and pout but she deserves full marks for throwing herself into the role of a young Joan Jett.

Dakota Fanning has a little more to do and in some ways the story is more about her as Cherie in her first real grown up role. I had the sense that at least some of these girls thought they were blazing a trail and had their careers in their own hands, but the sleazy and multi-dimensional character of over-the-top producer Kim (Shannon) was the figure that steered the ship until the various personalities (particularly of Cherie) became too big to contain.

It was interesting that he formed the band after seeing Joan play, advertising for members and carefully crafting their respective images according to cutting edge tastes that was more about ballsy sexual innuendo than music.

Director Sigismondi is less interested in details than she is artistic rendering, and the result is a fluid film that's as much about the visuals than the story, but it has some strong ideas nevertheless.

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