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Riot grrrrls

One great thing about the death of the Summer of Love that folks like Bryan Adams keep chirping about is that it got all the flowers out of the hair and some heavy women with guitars out on the scene to take the guys on in their own turf.

hollywood Updated: Jul 23, 2011 14:27 IST

The Runaways
PVR Home Entertainment, Rs 399
One great thing about the death of the Summer of Love that folks like Bryan Adams keep chirping about is that it got all the flowers out of the hair and some heavy women with guitars out on the scene to take the guys on in their own turf. Enter bands like the Runaways, a brief all-girls band best known for their 70s hits Cherry bomb and Queens of Noise. This 2010 film is their biopic of sorts. Considering how little is known about how Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox formed the first grrrl band, Floria Sigismondi - known for her cutting-edge videos of Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, The White Stripes and Bjork - makes it a coming-of-age feature film. Dakota Fanning plays lead singer Currie with restrained virginal-meets-vamp brilliance. Kristen Stewart, with that scowl from the Twilight movies, is the perfect cast for Jett.

Be prepared for some sapphic sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. If you like punk rock and girls playing women, the movie is worth your while. Just one complaint: where's the special feature on the real Runaways and their music in this DVD?