Review: The Runaways (2010)

We love a good music biopic and Floria Sigismondi's portrayl of 70s rock girl group The Runaways is a lot of fun. Dakota Fanning captivates as lead singer Cherie Currie, just a teenager when she becomes famous. Kristen Stewart plays Joan Jett with swagger, oozing coolness and destined to be a rock star since she was a teen. The film follows the manufactured beginnings of the group by record producer Kim Fowley, played with a lot of gusto by Michael Shannon, through to their record deal and huge fame in Japan. And then things start to go wrong. Inevitably. It's rock 'n' roll.
What's especially rad about The Runaways is the way they seem to give as good as they get in a male dominated industry. Stewart's Jett takes a piss in a pint glass in the dressing room of a male headlining band and the girls take no prisoners. It's also sad to see the decline as drugs and rock 'n' roll madness take over, but you get drawn in as a viewer and can't help getting absorbed in the story.
Whilst it ends a little abruptly, The Runaways is worth a view for some well needed riot grrllll power.
Watch it for: Dakota Fanning is fab
Watch out for: Being pelted by dog poo. Eurgh
5/10 Ch-ch-ch-ch-chch-cherry bombs!