Lolita alert! Dakota Fanning—yes, the pixieish little girl from I Am Sam and Charlotte's Web—plays the sexed up, drug snorting, crotch grabbing lead singer of the The Runaways, the groundbreaking all-girl rock band that gave Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Lita Ford their start. She's good—the whole cast is—but to quote the great Valerie Cherish: "I don't want to see that!"
Of course, exploiting teen-girl sexuality is the whole point. As the film starts, we meet Joan Jett (Stewart, all slouchy and boyish in leather pants and a shag cut) who plays guitar and wants to start an all-girl band. She corners would-be rock impresario Kim Fowley (the fabulously manic Michael Shannon) and he's taken with the idea, but feels the group is missing one key component: A hot blond lead singer.
Enter Cherie Curry (Fanning), a self-possessed misfit with a flightly mom and an alcoholic father, who favors platform heels and Ziggy Stardust eye makeup. Jett and Fowley spot her at a nightclub.
"Can you sing?" Fowley asks. "Say yes...