“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart portrays Joan Jett in the “The Runaways,” the rock ‘n’ roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band. “The Runaways” were hugely influential as the first successful all-girl hard rock band; its members included guitarists Joan Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, singer-keyboardist Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox. The band was brought together in late 1975 by impresario Kim Fowley, who thought a novelty act of teenaged girls performing in leather and lace would be an easy sell, but the girls ended up proving to be serious and influential musicians with songs like “Cherry Bomb.” The band lasted about four years together, falling apart over management and money issues.
The movie “The Runaways” revolves around Joan Jett and Cherie Currie and follows them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment.
As the group and singers fizzled we’re sure that this movie will be D.O.A., proving once again that the stars of “Twilight” can’t fuel the fires of any other movie. And that Dakota Fanning is a has been – who really never was.