The Runaways were a 1970s girl rock group, best known for their hit "Cherry Bomb," but perhaps later best known for rocketing Joan Jett (and, to a slightly lesser extent, Lita Ford) to stardom. The movie is based on Cherie Currie's memoir, Neon Angel.
This is a movie I want to see in the theatre. I'm often content to wait for DVD, but a female-centered film, written and directed by uber-cool Floria Sigismondi--who formerly directed music videos--has to be good. Even if it's good in that candy necklace sort of way.
Discussing the sexual politics of the film, Karina Longworth, of The Village Voice, says
When the band turns on Cherie for submitting to a solo soft-core photo shoot, it's because Joan understands that unless they set the terms of their own sexual empowerment, and its commoditization, then what's really happening is exploitation. "You could say 'No,' " she tells Cherie. It's a shock to the blonde; it's also the thesis of the film.
Any film about teenage girls, rock music, and the requisite sex and drugs that goes along with it will not be without its faults. A director's feature-length debut will not be without its faults. The border between sexual empowerment and exploitation is a line we're still trying to negotiate in 2010. I'm pumped to see some gutsy women from the 1970s rock as they come of age.
Opening in limited release tomorrow, and wide release April 9th, The Runaways stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie.