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The Runaways (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by Michael Shannon, 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.more
Rating: R (for language, drug use and sexual content -- all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Floria Sigismondi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2010
Box Office: $3.6M
Apparition - Official Site


Kristen Stewart
as Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning
as Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon
as Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve
as Sandy West
Riley Keough
as Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis
as Scottie
Tatum O'Neal
as Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen
as Cherie's Dad
Jill Andre
as Aunt Evie
Ray Porter
as Band Member
Kiaya Snow
as Cashier
Allie Grant
as Club Girl
Aaron Parker Mouser
as Fat Employee
Peggy Stewart
as Grandma Oni
Robert Romanus
as Guitar Teacher
Jay Thames
as Headliner's Roadie
Masami Kosaka
as Japanese Journalist
Masayuki Yonezawa
as Japanese Photographe...
Hiroshi Sakata
as Japanese Promoter
P.D. Mani
as Cake Shop Manager
Mickey Petralia
as Record Executive
Antonella Sigismondi
as Rockabilly Saleslady
Nick Eversman
as Rocker Boy
Keir O'Donnell
as Rodney Bingenheimer
Lisa Long
as Sandy's Mom
J.R. Nutt
as Skinny Employee
Alejandro Patino
as Grocery Store Manage...
John Konesky
as Studio Engineer
Tim Winters
as Wolfgang
Adam Silver
as Boy in Audience
Koji Wada
as Announcer
Time Winters
as Wolfgang
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Critic Reviews for The Runaways

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (42)

The result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Fanning makes Currie's fame- and pharmaceutical-fueled transformation/liberation at once exhilarating and terrifying.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

... A typical story of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but it's told with style and energy that keep it from bogging down amid the clichés.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

[It chooses] to merely nod at the more complicated, strange and exciting aspects of the band's story and spend most of its time touching on the usual stuff

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

In age-appropriate casting, Fanning doesn't put a platform boot wrong in her portrayal of a valley girl rock chick (circa. 1975) growing up way too fast, with neither the inclination nor the wherewithal to slow down.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

The film might be intended as a cautionary tale, but that tends to get lost amid the lurid thrills and tacked-on happy ending.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Runaways


Sex, drugs and rock'n roll get the once over in this nearly Disneyed take on the Runaways. There's "shocking" as two girls in their underwear kiss!!! They trade pills, but not boyfriends. Only the manager, Shannon as Fowley, seems cut from cloth made of something real, so see it for his performance as opportunist manager.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Kristen Stewart at her best. and Dakota Fanning is amazing as usual.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This wasn't very good. Maybe I'd have been more entertained if I actually cared about the people portrayed in the movie. Then again, if I did, I'd be disappointed because this movie doesn't delve very deep into anything. It's just there. Weak effort. Unless you're a fan of the band, avoid. And if you are a fan of the band, reevaluate your taste in music.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

The Runaways Quotes

– Submitted by Prissy E (3 years ago)
Cherie Currie: I think I just need a break... From the band.
Joan Jett: If you haven't noticed, Cherie, we're in the middle of cutting a record.
Cherie Currie: I just gotta spend time with my family, you know?
Joan Jett: Who? Youre mom is in Indonesia? Your drunk dad? Are we not your fucked up family now?
Cherie Currie: I can't do this anymore. I need my life back.
Joan Jett: This is my life.
– Submitted by Lucas M (4 years ago)
Tammy: My brother said guys don't like tough girls. They want girls to be... soft.
Joan Jett: Of course he'd say that, he's a pussy.
– Submitted by Dejah S (4 years ago)
Joan Jett: Good fucking job. No, really, good fucking job!
Kim Fowley: Anarchy, mayhem!
Joan Jett: [throws two bottles at window]
Kim Fowley: Rock and roll, baby! Come on, Joanie.
Joan Jett: Fuck you! Fuck you! [bangs on window]. Fuck you!
– Submitted by Dejah S (4 years ago)

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