The Runaways

2010 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Runaways

2010 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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Dakota Fanning stars in The Runaways, about a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this music biopic is way too mature for Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning's young teen Twilight fans. It's full of drinking, drugging, and high-heeled swaggering, as well as plenty of sexy stuff, including kissing between teen girls and sex scenes between teen girls and young men. Substances are mostly limited to alcohol, but teens also snort cocaine. Parents should be prepared for teens to fantasize about running off and starting a band after seeing this movie.

Sexual Content

Girls make out, with both boys and girls. A couple seem to be having sex in a bathroom, with the guy positioned between the girl's legs, though very little is seen. A teenager struts around in lingerie and high heels on-stage, as part of her act. A man is shown pantsless, having sex with a teen girl, though no body parts are visible. A character poses for suggestive photos. Frank talk about masturbation.


A band manager yells expletive-ridden insults at his protégés to toughen them up. He throws garbage at them, and gets others to do so as well. A girl throws a heavy object at a glass window, breaking it. Characters have loud arguments with each other. Older men menace a bunch of young girls and threaten them with bodily harm.


Plenty of swearing, from "ass" to "s--t" to "f--k."

Social Behavior

The message that making music and being cool goes hand-in-hand with broken lives, risky sex, and substance use is definitely on display here. But that's mixed with the message the band members embody onstage -- they're intense and passionate and unwilling to go gently into a chauvinistic industry's good night.


Signage for fast food restaurants. Name-dropping of various bands.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Plenty of drinking by teens and adults, and some pill-popping and cocaine snorting by teens too.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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