superdumb supervillain: The Runaways on DVD

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Runaways on DVD

When I was an impressionable preteen, staying up late watching Night Flight, I remember seeing Ladies and Gentleman the Fabulous Stains and being immediately entranced with the idea of punk rock girls. I didn't find out about The Runaways until much, much later.

Flash forward to college, one of the first annual SXSW BBQ and softball tourneys. Some creepy guy asks me if I play any instruments and gives me his card: Kim Fowley. I was clueless but my friends told me who he was. I believe the description was "like an American Malcolm McLaren" which I thought was pretty cool at the time. I never called him but I still have his card somewhere, probably stuck in a record sleeve.

I enjoyed The Runaways, although like all rock movies made about currently living people (except for drummer Sandy West, who passed away in 2006) it seems sort of endless/pointless. Drugs are bad, kids. Don't do them. The beginning, with the formation of the band and the melodramatic quips from Fowley, was really fantastic but none of the characters gets developed much, aside from Cherie and, even then she never really gets deeper than an average disgruntled teen. It was fun seeing two of the girls from Twilight rocking mullets and being saucy but disturbing, like a seventies version of Thirteen. Only, uh, prettier.

Roo can sing Cherry Bomb now. We're in for some trouble.

The Runaways is available today on Blu-ray and DVD.

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