Kristen Stewart makes an effective departure from her "Twilight" image to play Joan Jett, the rock star who fronted the title band before having wider success as lead singer of the Blackhearts, in this well-acted drama.
Dakota Fanning and Scout Taylor-Compton portray fellow Runaways members Cherie Currie and Lita Ford, whose personalities combined with Jett's to make the group combustible both on and off stage. Michael Shannon ( "Revolutionary Road") appears as the band's manager. Tatum O'Neal also is in the cast. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by Stewart, Fanning and the real Joan Jett. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
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