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4.0 out of 5 stars Born To Be Bad
Decent effort.The period detail is good as is the acting,although Fanning is too conventionally pretty as Cherie,who looked more slutty,sexy and sleazy,but not pretty.Kristen Stewart however IS Joan Jett, really good casting, and the excellent Michael Shannon does a fine job as the alleged(by the band) sleazeball Kim Fowley.On the negative side,not enough is made of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flat yet silvery
As a Runaways fan, I approached this with caution, even though I wanted to like it. It's a curiously -and interestingly -flat and low-key feature, perhaps reflecting budgetary restraints, perhaps indicating directorial intention. Maybe the makers wanted to show us that aside from the hype, The Runaways were a minor phenomenon in real terms. This comes across in the...
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Stephen E. Andrews


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4.0 out of 5 stars Born To Be Bad, 8 Mar 2014
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Decent effort.The period detail is good as is the acting,although Fanning is too conventionally pretty as Cherie,who looked more slutty,sexy and sleazy,but not pretty.Kristen Stewart however IS Joan Jett, really good casting, and the excellent Michael Shannon does a fine job as the alleged(by the band) sleazeball Kim Fowley.On the negative side,not enough is made of the other band members and I'd liked to have seen the band's first trip to Blighty documented-all we see is Joan making a DIY Sex Pistols t-shirt to the strains of Pretty Vacant,which hadn't been released when the girls first came over.All in all though,a good,solid rock movie and well worth checking out especially at the prices it's going for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch for rock music fans, 11 Mar 2014
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I must admit, I had my reservations about this movie when I had read that the dreaded Kirsten Stuart was going to be the one and only Joan Jett. However, after watching the movie, I feel my initial judgment may have been too harsh and found the movie an enjoyable mix of real truths about the music industry and quality acting talent. Dakota Fanning was amazing as usual and I am hard pressed to find anything negative about this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power - Long before the spice girls!, 3 Dec 2012
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This movie is awesome! I'm not a fan of Kristen Stewart, but she does Joan Jett perfect justice! I saw this movie in the theatre and had to own it so I could watch it 100 times more! California 70s nostalgia at it's best! Highly recommend!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girls, 29 July 2010
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Another great story from the decade where music peaked (yep, no arguments, the 70's). Beautifully shot in saturated colours (like the latter part of 'Auto Focus' - another retro film about the seedy seventies worth seeing).

The story is just the usual rock follies, but the Runaways were a cool band and their music is still good to play. They get well-served by some good acting from Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and best of all Michael Shannon. Hopefully it will inspire a new generation of girl bands better than the current batch. (Probably not, though.)

Never mind, enjoy the dvd anyway. See it in a double bill with 'Foxes', an Adrian Lyne film about the same time period, with Jody Foster and the real Cherie Currie. Buy some popcorn, buy some coke (cherry flavour).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 11 Feb 2013
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Absolutely brilliant film, everyone should watch it, loved it.
I ordered next day delivery and it came quite late in the day but still came. No damages and the DVD runs smoothly.
Very happy with this purchase, thoroughly recommend it, amazing film.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flat yet silvery, 27 Feb 2011
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Stephen E. Andrews "Writer" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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As a Runaways fan, I approached this with caution, even though I wanted to like it. It's a curiously -and interestingly -flat and low-key feature, perhaps reflecting budgetary restraints, perhaps indicating directorial intention. Maybe the makers wanted to show us that aside from the hype, The Runaways were a minor phenomenon in real terms. This comes across in the low-key and underdressed Japanese scences, which struggled to convince us of the impact the band had during their stint in Nippon. Strangely, it was this low-key quality that I enjoyed the most about the film, which I had initially imagined would be more romantic and ornate, in the manner of Todd Haynes' " Velvet Goldmine". Now had Todd directed it, it would have been a blast...

So maybe you're a Twilight fan and know nothing about The Runaways. Let's dispel some myths (some of which are created or suggested by this film) - they weren't the first all-girl rock band to play/write their own songs (but they were certainly the best early all-girl rock group), nor were they dominated by Currie and Jett (Lita Ford has probably sold more records than Jett, given her success as a soloist and collaborator in the world of heavy rock, plus she was a prime mover in The Runaways, while Sndy West used to take some lead vocals too), nor did they have a bassist called Robin (they had two bassists, first Jackie Foxx, who was ousted during the Japanese tour, then Vicki Blue, who came on board for the third studio album). There is other stuff suggested in the film, but the facts are different. And yes, they're IMPORTANT, since this film is supposedly a biopic. The writing out of Lita and the other girls in the acknowldgements at the end (making them invisible besides Kim Fowley) is a disgrace, even if some of them were unhappy about the direction the film went in. Ultimately, it's based on Cherie's autobiography and Joan's version of things, she being executive producer. Interestingly, Joan refused to participate in Vicki Blue's stunning documentary 'Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways' which came out several years ago. Incidentally, if you want to discover more of the true story,kids, watch 'Edgeplay' instead of this.

Now that I've come on like an old drag to the young people who have probably enjoyed this film, I'll be a bit more specific about its authenticity for the elder audience who bought the records back in the day (yeah, kids, we were there, we were young then, we did it first and you can't take that away from us, so deal with it - sincerely, I'd love to see the teens of today embrace the attitude of The Runaways and I hope you're as keen to discover the facts as well as the legend). The fact is, the small things are what make the difference - the guy playing Rodney Bingenheimer in the English Disco scene has the right hair, the Twilight girl playing Jett looks the part (except she's nowhere near as pretty and not much cop at projecting Jett's brooding, quiet inarticularcy she was famous for)...but this time the hair looks fake. The costumes are, however, spot on - even the jeans look right and the mock-ups of the famous 'Live in Japan' costumes are excellent. the girl playing Lita has attitude, but isn't big built enough - Lita was a lusty, curvy lass, not a skinny fashion plate. The infamous Japanese magazine photoshoot is depicted, the guy playing Fowley is vile but brilliant. So it ticks a lot of boxes for those of us demanding a bit of accuracy too.

Overall, I'd recommend this film to rock and roll fans. The flatness is entrancing, but there's some glitter, but it's down and dirty, so it's real. One more fact for the kids - although Jett scored a massive hit with 'I Love Rock and Roll', hers was a cover - the original was by The Arrows, who featured a singer called Alan Merrill, who (strangely enough) was a Glitter Pop star in Japan in a number of setups, most famously in a band called Vodka Collins. Moving to the UK in the mid-seventies, he recorded 'I Love Rock and Roll' as a b side. Check The Arrows out, Joan loved 'em. Enjoy the film, Cherry Bombs...and yes, the seventies were cooler than any decade before or since....
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3.0 out of 5 stars queens of noise, 12 July 2014
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Fluffy, unconvincing docu-drama. Biggest surprise is Kristin Stewart is great at Joan Jett !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Runaways DVD, 19 Jun 2014
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DVD arrived quickly. Pretty good acting and the girls portray Joan and Cherie very well. Amazing that this band was allowed to play as they were all in their mid teens. Mind you, nothing much has changed today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - great music, 6 Jun 2014
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This movie is cool - a great story to be watched with a certain nostalgia. Surprisingly good acting & an interesting and moving (true) storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN'S, 15 May 2014
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This follows the story of one of the very first all girl rock bands their struggles and break out, fall outs and music. kirsten stewart is 100% spot on for the role of Joan Jett and for a break away proformance kid actress to rebel rock teen it's one the best i've ever seen from Dakota Fanning playing Cherie Currie she has my vote. I think this worth buying and i would reccomend to music fans.
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