Young teens dream of rock 'n roll stardom. They make it. Drugs and egos fuel their spiral down. Sounds like every music biopic and you're not going to get much more here. But what you will get is three fine performances that lift up the material to a more compelling level.
As the film proposes, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart, TWILIGHT) wanted to form an all-girl rock band to prove that the girls can rock as hard as the boys. At a club, she meets Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), a notorious record producer who trolls the clubs looking for the next it act. He introduces Jett to Sandy West (Stella Maeve, BROOKLYN'S FINEST), a drummer who has the same all-girl rock 'n roll dream. To Fowley's great surprise, they can rock. So he gets the idea to put the ultimate jailbait in the lead. He finds Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning, WAR OF THE WORLDS), a Bowie-obsessed 15-year-old and transforms her from a pussycat into a tigress.