Music video director Floria Sigismondi trains her eye on the early days of punkish girl rockers as Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) hook up with producer impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) and set the stage for what would become the runaway success of women in the game of sex and Rock & Roll. Sigismondi gets a running start at what will likely turn into a long career in the long-form spotlight. Grade: B.
More than a few mouths fell open when it was announced that Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning had been tapped to play leads in 'The Runaways,' a biopic about the pioneering all-girl Punk/Metal group’s rapid rise and debauchery-fueled fall in the late 1970s. Writer/director Floria Sigismondi discusses the fuss around the casting as well as the movie's teen-angst subject matter.