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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Runaways (2010)

This movie is about Joan Jett's first band and her entry into the world of being a woman in rock and roll.  We watched this because my youngest son is taking a gender and film class, and I have to say that in general and with this movie specifically, the road for women in rock is not an easy one.  You can see why 95% of the music business is made up of men.  I also see that lauding the recently and suddenly deceased Prince for his support of women at all levels of music, from performers to those who are behind the scenes, is very important.  He made a difference.
Suffice it to say that the movie is just what you would expect.  The women get carried away when they are on the road, their producer is a very unlikable guy, the band does not easily get the respect they deserve, and in the end, only the ones with grit manage to thrive.  It is a good depiction of that, and unlike The Rose, it is not painful to watch.

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