Your “Runaways” Follow-Up Appointment
The Runaways was released last week in select cities (it opens wide April 9), starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. If you happened to catch it already, you no doubt have a few things on your mind (like how is it legal for Dakota to be lezzing it up with K. Stew?). If you’re a fan of The Runaways (the band), you might want to learn more about them (like reading Cherie Currie’s autobiography or seeing the documentary about the band). If you’re a fan of The Runaways (the movie), here are some other flicks you might enjoy:
If you saw it because you like Twilight…
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
1982’s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is another movie about a teen girl punk band. How is it like the beloved vampire-teen-romance novels/movies, you ask? Well, if you love Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, you no doubt have a tolerance for pouty, monotone teenage girls, and Diane Lane plays one in this movie. If you love Edward Cullen, you’re still in luck because once Lane’s character turns punk, she too has pale white skin and neatly-styled hair. And if you love the dialogue of Twilight… actually, then maybe you should just watch Josie and the Pussycats.
If you saw it because you like 1970’s glam rock…
New York Doll
Like The Runaways, The New York Dolls are a seminal (and under-appreciated) 1970’s rock band. They helped usher in glam, punk, and metal before breaking up after only a few albums (they rocked the hair metal look before Tommy Lee even knew what fellatio was). New York Doll is a 2005 documentary focusing on Arthur “Killer” Kane, bassist for The New York Dolls who became a devout Mormon but never gave up hope that the band might reunite. If you liked the soundtrack to The Runaways, The New York Dolls are a band you’ll want to check out.
If you saw it because you like jailbait…
To see the real Cherie Currie in action, check out 1980’s Foxes. It follows a group of teenage girls (including Currie and Jodie Foster) as they party it up in Hollywood. All the late ’70s styles featured in The Runaways are here: feathered hair, platform shoes, Quaaludes, and Scott Baio on a skateboard (who is not actually in The Runaways movie, but he should be). Currie plays Annie, the slutty lush of the group. So you can watch this to compare Fanning’s slutty lush to the real deal Cherie Currie.
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