Down 310 this week

The Runaways (2010)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  19 March 2010 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 37,317 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 126 user | 257 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.



(screenplay), (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 12 Mar 2011
a list of 25 titles
created 01 Jul 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 30 Jan 2012
a list of 44 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Feb 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Runaways" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Runaways (2010)

The Runaways (2010) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Runaways.

User Polls

5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Director: Jake Scott
Stars: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
Speak (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director: Jessica Sharzer
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Dick Hagerman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

Director: Mary Stuart Masterson
Stars: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern
Adventureland (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart
On the Road (2012)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Kasdan
Stars: Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Meg Ryan
Thirteen (2003)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A girl and her two friends raid a bank, looking for the money needed for financing the cure of her dying father.

Director: Bart Freundlich
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Sam Robards, Jennifer Beals
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Directors: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang
Stars: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Porter ...
Band Member
Kiaya Snow ...


In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's 1975 and they're about to explode.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neon Angels  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$805,115 (USA) (19 March 2010)


$3,571,735 (USA) (28 May 2010)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Though Dakota Fanning was the more established name, Kristen Stewart was given top billing due to the tremendous popularity of the Twilight films. See more »


During scenes set in Japan, they show an American limo driving on the right side of the road. In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road. See more »


Marie Currie: Well, if it isn't Mary, mother of God. What, no disciples? No cameras?
Cherie Currie: Just me.
See more »


Referenced in Birdemic: Experience Tour (2011) See more »


Don't Abuse Me
Written by Joan Jett
Performed by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Inappropriate and in your face. The way any movie about The Runaways should be.
20 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You hear that? That's the sound of hormones raging."

The Runaways is at the opposite end of the spectrum from most recent music biopics. Where movies like Ray and Walk the Line aim for emotional resonance and creating a connection between an iconic figure and the audience, The Runaways is about style, dramatics, and looking good. Which is pretty in line with what the band was about. The sobriety of those movies I previously mentioned wouldn't have worked for such a hyper- kinetic story as this one. Sure, the movie slows down a bit when the crash and burn sets in, but the focus on style, sound and imagery is never really replaced by anything else. And I mean that as a compliment. 

Michael Shannon didn't really work for me as Kim Fowley, but the movie wasn't really about him, anyway. The five girls playing the group seemed to have an inappropriate amount of fun with their roles, and who wouldn't? You can't help but be impressed by their performances, they play and act like a real band. But no doubt about it, this is Kristin Stewart's (Joan Jett) and and Dakota Fanning's (Cherie Currie) show. They don't let you forget it. Not many actresses their age would have the talent and the balls to take something like this on. They do it, and do it right. I left the movie with a healthy amount of respect for both of them.     

The entire movie plays out like a music video about all the things you would be mortified of seeing your teenage daughter doing, but of course, would make her cool to do. Which makes sense, as the director (Floria Sigismondi) is best known for directing music videos. The cinematography gleefully sells the same excess, ego, and intoxication that the Runaways' image did. All the band's songs that are woven throughout the movie keep it moving at a super-charged pace. 

You have to tailor the tone of a film to its subject matter, in order for it to be successful. The Runaways is the true(ish), female version of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and I couldn't help but really enjoy every bawdy and inappropriate minute of it. Get in a Runaways frame of mind, or don't even bother with this one.

52 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Isn't Joan Jett in the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame??? evanevan
Terrible Film chrisnope
An opinion from a teenager. captainonionpits
Gross way to start a movie. blistex44
Why didn't they have these girls lip sync the real songs? e_mbaron23
Cherie's sister? barbie800
Discuss The Runaways (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: