YMMV / The Runaways

The band:

  • Ear Worm: "Hello Daddy, hello mom. I'm a ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch CHERRY BOMB!"
  • Face of the Band: Cherie and Joan. The former due to Kim pulling strings to give off this "vibe" (to Cherie's anger), and the latter due to her solo career.
    • Arguably deconstructed in the film. The rest of the band resent the endless publicity Cherie receives while she herself grows to hate it and it's part of her decision to leave the band.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Jett wasn't joking with the "Japanese Beatlemania" comparisons. The film shows the band having quite the sizeable Japanese fanbase.
  • Narm: "Dead End Justice".
    • The cover for their final album, And Now...The Runaways.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Dead End Justice" also has a rather dark part in the form of Cherie's brutal assault at the hands of the police.
    In the naked city
    Spaces ain't that pretty
    As I was getting dusted
    I happened to get busted
    Oh yes I was arrested
    Oh god how I protested
    They beat me with a board
    It hurt just like a sword
    They kicked me in the eye
    My brain began to fry
    This is like a movie
    I know I'm gonna scream
    All the pain that I feel
    Makes me feel mean
    It's so sad and crazy here
    I think I'm gonna cry
    If I don't wake up from this dream

  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: For younger listeners, especially children of the eighties who seek out the band because they're excited about Joan Jett and Lita Ford playing together.
  • Signature Song: "Cherry Bomb".
  • Woobie: Every member, considering they had to deal with Kim's often abusive treatment of them.
    • Cherie in particular. The poor girl had to deal with two sexual assaults, her parents divorce, both her solo albums being complete flops, a failed acting career, and drug addiction...all before she turned 25.
    • Jackie Fox is another strong contender, she came forwards in 2015 to reveal that Kim Fowley had drugged and raped her at a party while Cherie and Joan looked on laughing and did nothing. Both Currie and Jett have received massive backlash from fans, and Currie wrote a post on her Facebook saying that she would be willing to take a polygraph to prove that this hadn't happened, and alleged Fox was exaggerating the incident. Fox would later go on to attempt suicide, only being saved by Currie's finding her and driving her to the hospital. After Fox quit the band, her replacement (Victory Tischler-Blue) spoke of the band joking about Kim "[having fucked] Jackie like a dog", and how the group's manager Scott Anderson (who was allegedly present during the initial rape) had made a recording of Jackie having a mental breakdown and would play it repeatedly and laugh at it. Currie later wrote a memoir wherein a similar situation was described, but instead of Jackie the victim was a fictionalized groupie who encouraged Fowley. Jackie threatened legal action, and the book was never published.

The film:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning kiss in the movie, guess what the main thing they're interviewed about is? If it's not that then it's Dakota performing on stage in Cherie's iconic lingerie.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: When another band behaves like jerks to Joan and Cherie, Joan gets revenge by pissing on their guitars...then slipping in it and tripping over her own pants when they almost catch her in the act.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Michael Shannon steals the show with his over-the-top performance as Kim Fowley.
  • Fetish Retardant: Some of the sexy scenes with Cherie slip into this since she is a fifteen-year-old girl being exploited for Fanservice - and Dakota Fanning was the same age during filming.
  • Les Yay: Played between Joan and Cherie. Apparently, it was Truth In Film that they experimented together, but they were never a couple.
  • She Really Can Act:
    • Most critics' reactions to Kristen Stewart in the biopic, especially considering how she did all of her own singing and learned how to play the guitar. Even the lady herself was fooled when listening to a recording of Stewart, thinking she was just listing to one of her old tapes.
    • Not that Dakota Fanning's acting talents were ever in doubt - but she had been doing mostly children's movies and critics called this a step in the right direction to establishing herself as an adult actress.
  • Squick: The very first shot we get in the movie is a drop of blood hitting the sidewalk. As the camera pans up, we see it's Cherie having her period...classy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some reviewers say they would have preferred to see the film focus more on Joan than Cherie.
  • Uncertain Audience: Not the film itself, which was received moderately well by critics. But the studio didn't know whether to market it towards the now aged fans of the band from their heyday - or else the teenage fans of the two leads.