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Runaways gives young actors a chance to stretch
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Runaways gives young actors a chance to stretch

by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

The Runaways
Opening March 19


Hot teenage sex kittens who can make you swoon, kick your ass, and rock the house. It sold in 1975, and it still sells today - or will it?

The Runaways were the first all-girl rock band. They embodied everything that rock stood for in the late '70s. More importantly, they put young women center stage, powerful young women who rocked and partied like the boys. They showed a generation that women could be sexy and powerful at the same time.

While they strutted the stage, stealing moves from their male rock forebears and giving those moves a feminine twist, they were also undeniably exploited. Their manager Kim Fowley (played by Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon) knew he was on to something huge and played up the fantasy of out-of-control teenage girls on the run.

The members of the band came through the experience with varying degrees of success. Joan Jett (Kristine Stewart) went on to a long career in the music biz. Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton) carved out a niche for herself in the '80s music scene, and Micki Steele went on to record with The Bangles. Though none of the band members emerged from the experience unscathed, Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) seems to have had the roughest time. Still, after nearly killing herself living like a rock star, she is now a renowned chainsaw artist with her own art gallery. Who can argue with that kind of success?

The lead actors do excellent work. I haven't been a huge fan of Stewart, due largely to her whining about how troublesome fame can be. There is a way to be less famous: Quit making movies, especially franchise movies that pack houses all over the world. But Stewart seems to have matured, and she almost seems to be enjoying doing press for The Runaways.

Though I have in the past found her personally irritating, Stewart is a real actor. She stole scenes from Emile Hirsch in a small but pivotal role in Into the Wild - no easy task. At 19, Stewart has been at it for 10 years. She becomes Jett without slipping into parody. Her future looks bright so long as she can establish herself outside the Twilight behemoth.

Fanning is still a youngster, even if she's a veteran of the silver screen. She's so good ?she makes you forget she's only 15 (she just turned 16 on February 23). She pulls off a character that could have easily become pitiful or unlikable. Her take on Currie does neither. She walks, actually swaggers, a fine line that left me feeling that Currie owned her narrative even when it was slipping out of control. Fanning proves she can easily move on to adult roles.

Shannon does a delicious take on legendary record producer Kim Fowley. Fowley is larger than life, and playing folks like that can be tough. Shannon finds a groove, catching all of Fowley's amoral bombast without turning into a cartoon.

First-time writer/director Floria Sigismondi does a great job of keeping the story under control. Biopics are difficult, with a tendency to squeeze too much into a feature-length film (see Walk the Line). Sigismondi wisely focused on the three years of the band's rise and fall. She also focuses on the relationship between Jett and Currie. This keeps the narrative manageable and cohesive. Sigismondi springs from a successful career directing music videos, so her rock credentials are in order.

The big question is: Who's going to see this movie? The tweens who are wetting themselves over whether they're on Team Jacob or Team Edward aren't getting in; the R rating assures that. The Runaways aren't part of the frame of reference for most people under 30, and most folks over 30 have assimilated their teenage drama into their adult life and moved on.

That leaves underage gatecrashers, armchair rock historians, and horny straight guys who cruise Alki Beach in their Corvettes looking for underage action.

However, I hope I'm wrong. This is a nicely turned-out biopic about two members of a band that broke ground and opened doors. The narrative is managed well and the acting is solid. And, though I don't need to say it, the soundtrack is awesome.

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