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In 'Foxes' and 'Light of Day,' the real Cherie Currie and Joan Jett revealed more about themselves than 'The Runaways' does

20 March 2010 11:39 AM, PDT | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

A number of readers have ripped me for writing an entire review of The Runaways in which I somehow failed to include a single word about Dakota Fanning's performance. You're right, point taken, I should have. All right, here goes: She was perfectly okay. Actually, when I realized that I'd written the review that way, I just figured that I'd let my lack of comment on Fanning's performance stand as an implicit statement that there wasn't all that much to say about it. She's quite the critics' darling these days -- always has been, really -- but to me, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Cherie Currie of the Runaways | Interview

23 January 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Runaways were the original 'rock chicks', a wild all-girl teen band whose story is told in a film that opens today. Cherie Currie, the band's singer, tells us how it really was…

Cherie Currie was 15 when she started scandalising middle America. That was when she auditioned to become the lead singer of all-female teenage rock band the Runaways, a group that would send shockwaves through the suburbs with their attitude-fuelled performances and sexually explicit lyrics.

Their first single, "Cherry Bomb", talked unapologetically about "wild girls" and "street boys" and several radio stations refused to give it airtime. Currie would routinely appear on stage wearing stockings, suspenders and a tight-fitting basque so that even the reliably liberal Village Voice was moved to denounce the girls as "bimbos".

The year was 1976. Jimmy Carter was about to be elected president. It seemed America was not yet ready for five adolescent females who »

- Elizabeth Day

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