I have always been a huge fan of The Runaways. Not only did they produce great music, they were every teenage boy’s fantasy. The were also the idols of many teenage girls. Every high school in the 70’s and 80’s had their Joan Jett or Lita Ford clone. You remember that girl with the leather jacket and boots. She probably even played guitar.
Now 30 years later once again the band is being documented on film. The film is rated R for sexual content and drugs. You do not know how happy this makes me. I feared a Disneyesque, female Jonas Brother’s vibe with this film. Still the trailer looks a bit like a remake of the Monkees series.
Another concern I have with the film is it is Cherie Currie and Joan Jett heavy. I understand the focus on rock icon Joan Jett . The Runaways were formed by Joan and drummer Sandy West. Cherrie Curry was a later addition and really didn’t have a music career after the Runaways. We all know Lita Ford had a great post Runaway career including her hit with Ozzy Osbourne “If I Could Close My Eyes Forever”. Michael Steele went on to play bass for the Bangles.
Out of the box it looks like the film is not historically correct. The synopsis even has flaws. I am hoping Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning can capture the drug use, sex and alleged sexual abuse by manager Kim Fawloy in this film. I pray the don’t water down one of the greatest stories in the history of Rock n Roll to appeal to Dakota Fanning and Twilight fans.
Here is the film’s synopsis: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music—fueled story of the ground—breaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s: The Runaways. 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. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film chronicles Joan and Cherie’s tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out.