The Runaways (2010)

The Runaways (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 2010
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The film follows two friends, Joan Jett (KRISTEN STEWART) and Cherie Currie (DAKOTA FANNING), 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. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf

July 18, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan

It's not so much a shock to the system as a series of practised strokes, yet -- for moments at a t...

June 22, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

Maybe The Runaways is Linson's way of showing that he can make a success of this subject, and I th...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Matt Bochenski

Exuberant and aggressive but also questionable and ambivalent.

July 18, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sex, drugs, and glam rock in '70s teen band biopic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this music biopic is way too mature for Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning's young teen Twilight fans. It's full of drinking, drugging, and high-heeled swaggering, as well as plenty of sexy stuff, including kissing between teen girls and sex scenes between teen girls and young men. Substances are mostly limited to alcohol, but teens also snort cocaine. Parents should be prepared for teens to fantasize about running off and starting a band after seeing this movie.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 19, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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