The Runaways: Band of Sisters

A rock biopic highlights the pitfalls of teen stardom

Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, left, and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie in The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways is set in the era when the verb to feather expanded beyond things done with oars and nests to include hair. It's about the formation in 1975 of Joan Jett's first band, the Runaways — a rigorous selection process apparently based largely on who might look good standing where — and follows the girl group's rise to reasonable fame and not particularly dramatic dissolution in 1979, which was more fractious fizzle than downward spiral.

The movie is vividly atmospheric and fun from a musical perspective (especially if you, like Jett, love rock 'n'...

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