|Directed by||Floria Sigismondi|
|Produced by||Bill Pohlad
|Written by||Floria Sigismondi|
|Music by||The Runaways|
|Editing by||Richard Chew|
|Release date(s)||January 24, 2010 (Sundance)
March 19, 2010 (limited)
April 9, 2010 (wide)
The Runaways is a 2010 musical biographical drama film, based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name. The film is written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, with Joan Jett as one of the film's executive producers, and stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford, and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley. Alia Shawkat plays the band's bassist, a fictional character named Robin, created as a result of legal issues preventing the portrayal of bassist Jackie Fox.
Based on Cherie Currie's memoir Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, the film follows two friends, Jett and Currie, as they rise from rebellious L.A. street kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.
The film had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, and will open in limited release in America on March 19, 2010 followed by a nationwide release on April 9, 2010, which is also Stewart's 20th birthday.
|Music From The Motion Picture The Runaways|
|Soundtrack by Various Artists|
|Released||March 23, 2010|
The official soundtrack of the film will be released on March 23, 2010.
|1.||"Roxy Roller"||Nick Gilder|
|2.||"The Wild One"||Suzi Quatro|
|3.||"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"||MC5|
|4.||"Rebel Rebel"||David Bowie|
|5.||"Cherry Bomb"||Dakota Fanning|
|7.||"California Paradise"||Dakota Fanning|
|8.||"You Drive Me Wild"||The Runaways|
|9.||"Queens Of Noise"||Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart|
|10.||"Dead End Justice"||Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning|
|11.||"I Wanna Be Your Dog"||The Stooges|
|12.||"I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are"||The Runaways|
|13.||"Pretty Vacant"||Sex Pistols|
|14.||"Don't Abuse Me"||Joan Jett|
So far, the film has received generally positive reviews from critics. It holds a "Fresh" rating of 65% on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 24 reviews. The consensus given is "Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart." It also holds a score of 63 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 12 reviews.
Dennis Harvey of Variety gave the film a positive review, commenting that it "proves [to be a] conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga" and goes on to compliment the cinematography and soundtrack. David Edelstein of New York Magazine gave the film a less positive review, commenting that "since the music itself is secondary, there’s not a lot to this story," and adding "It’s Fanning’s movie: You can taste the ex–child actor’s relish for playing jailbait."