Tired Jailbait Trash
Release Date: March 19, 2010
Genre: Musical Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults,
though it’s being marketed
to young teenage girls and
Runtime: 109 minutes
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writer: Floria Sigismondi
Address Comments To:Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad
25 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (646) 257-2800
The movie opens with Marie and Cherie Currie running to the bathroom as one of them starts to bleed from her first period. When they get into the car to drive off, Marie does not have underwear and her boyfriend physically fondles her. The mother is leaving home to live in Indonesia with her boyfriend. Their father is an alcoholic who left home.
Cut to Joan Jett, whose parents have also abandoned her. She approaches a rock band manager, Kim Fowley, in 1975 about forming the first girls rock band. He finds Cherie and the other band members and tells them all that rock and roll is all about sex, violence, and revolt. Their job is to be so sexually aggressive that the repressed young nerds who watch rock and roll will come to their concerts and buy their records. Everything is about blatantly sexually teasing the audience.
The evil Kim breaks down all of their inhibitions. He sends them on the road and builds them into a major rock and roll force. Meanwhile, he keeps their money, plying them with drugs and alcohol.
Cherie becomes a drug addict, and the end of the movie tells viewers that it took her years to recover, and she’s now counsels drug-abusing teenagers. Joan Jett becomes a lesbian, and there are several lesbian scenes between her, Cheri and the other band members.
THE RUNAWAYS is filled with foul language, especially the “f” word, drug use, cocaine use, alcohol use, and constant sex and sexual innuendo. Kim tells them they are a male sex fantasy. In doing so, he has literally turned these girls into exactly what Dr. Judith Reisman predicts of our sexualized culture, that is, mere images of the male sex drive. What’s worse is that they are underage, undeveloped and could be little boys or little girls. This is the ultimate perversion. Topping off this sexualization of children is some gross scatology, when Kim has young boys throw dog feces and other stuff at the girls to help them get used to rowdy, despicable punk rock fans.
All of this becomes very dull and tedious, leaving the last third of the movie flatter than a pancake. That is not to say there aren’t moments of extreme erotic exploitation, but the director pours on so many of these moments that they just become boring.
This movie is trying to pose itself as an art movie, an historical insight into Joan Jett and The Runaways. But, that story could have been told in a much more entertaining manner, with none of the offensive elements, and shown on The History Channel. The historical, artistic pretensions of this movie are merely a sham to hide from the most gullible the horrible exploitive nature of this awful jailbait fantasy.
THE RUNAWAYS is an angry feminist tract filled with strong foul language, drug use, cocaine use, alcohol use, and constant sex and sexual innuendo, including much lesbian content. It all becomes very tedious, leaving the last third of the movie flatter than a pancake. That is not to say there aren’t moments of extreme emotional exploitation, but the director pours on so many of these moments until they just become boring.