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In Theaters Now. The life and career of Joan Jett from her early years ripping it up onstage as the founder and backbone of hard-rock legends The Runaways, to her solo career and the enduring presence as a rock 'n' roll pioneer and mentor.
Kevin Kerslake
Joan JettEvelyn McdonnellDon Bolles
English [CC]
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Rodney BingenheimerIggy PopCherie CurrieChris Stein
Peter AftermanCarianne Brinkman
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Guitar Gear JunkieReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
This huge Joan Jett fan was severely disappointed by this documentary...
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Wow! Perhaps my expectations were to high as I was really looking forward to this one...I have loved Joan since the days I saw her in the Runaways, and actually got to meet her backstage once to interview her. This doc was good for the first 10 minutes and then descended into a snooze fest that spent the remainder of movie focusing on her relationship with manager Kenny Laguna. As significant as Joan's long-standing ties to Laguna are, it was not a particularly interesting or compelling part of her story....Probably more satisfying to find some interviews of Joan on YouTube than waste your time with this one.
38 people found this helpful
Gorman BechardReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Great subject, horrible filmmaking. You made Joan Jett boring.
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This is a perfect example of a great subject ruined by someone who just has no clue how to tell a compelling story. Watch this film and you will know no more about Joan Jett than you did before you watched it. There are times you will be screaming at your monitor: "what does this have to do with Joan Jett?" Tangents, tangents, and more useless tangents. And really, what the hell was Billie Joe Armstrong doing in this film? It was another example of a filmmaker thinking big name interviewees would add to the story. You would have thought filmmakers would have learned by now. The person we want to hear from is the subject. The person we want to hear from is Joan Jett. No one gives a damn what the singer from Green Day thinks of her. The film made me angry. And the filmmaker really should have watched the brilliant documentary, The Punk Singer, about one of his interviewees Kathleen Hanna, to see how a rock doc should be made. So bad, so bad, so freakin' bad. Please don't ever make another film, Kevin Kerslake. You made Joan Jett boring.
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The QuainReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Under-appreciated? Or not?
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Joan Jett is certainly a fascinating figure. While she produced very few original hit songs, or even much original music of any note, and most of her most memorable work is covers, she did set a standard for women in rock that likely has not been surpassed. While there have been more accomplished women guitarists and musicians, and are now, Jett was the front women for all who followed. If you believe there is a difference between rock stars and musicians, then Joan is certainly the former and perhaps the latter, yet she is so much quintessentially the rock star it almost doesn't matter whether she can play of not. She rocks like few others of either sex. An icon who is served well here.
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Irish4TWReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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There is nothing contrived about Joan Jett's stage persona, and nothing manufactured about her music. She is exactly the way she seems. and she seems to embody the spirit of rock 'n' roll. The documentary makes it clear exactly how profoundly driven she has been by the desire to play music by focusing on how hard she has worked to carve her niche in rock 'n' roll history. That Charlotte Whitton quote comes to mind "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good." In this case, I would say that Joan Jett had to work twice as hard an any man in the industry to achieve half of the recognition and fame. Her career is not marked by stints in rehab to recover from years of excess and overindulgence, there are no high-profile infidelities or prima donna-like outbursts, no apologies necessary for addiction-fueled antics. Joan Jett rocks. It's that simple.
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Brad GReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic story about a rock icon
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We watched this not expecting much ... and were blown away. I actually had man-tears when I got the backstory about why they performed at Nirvana's induction into the hall of fame.

If you every rocked to Joan, you need to see this to respect the artist. Joan IS rock and roll.
8 people found this helpful
CLoReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Come out! I LOVE JOAN JETT and Rock 'n Roll!
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I love rock'n roll! I love Joan Jett! This doesn't quite tell her whole story. She likes the "mystic", but we all want her to come out! She WOULDN'T LOSE ANY LOVE. Rob Halford of Judas Priest came out in 1989 and Priest still sells out their shows!
I LOVE JOAN JETT, come out, come out wherever you are!💞💖🖤
6 people found this helpful
Melissa 'Dog/Wolf Lover'Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Freaking Yes!!
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I love Joan so much!! This was an awesome video about Joan! I was surprised to see the cool faux guitar pics in the dvd as well!!

I just wish the dvd was longer and I wish they had all of her awesome videoes to watch! They had a section for her music videoes but there were only a few. This would have had all the stars if all the videoes and on blu ray! She deserves blu ray!!

Anyway, I still loved it and am glad to have in my collection.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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ChristiReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
I love Joan Jett
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I loved Joan Jett. She was one of my childhood idols. This movie starts off great. The first half is fascinating and then comes the second half... The second half of the movie seems to go into a lot of detail about the relationship with her manager, which is wonderful! I am so glad they have had each other for all these year but the way the movie presented it was super boring. I mean how do you make Joan Jett - the original woman rock and roll badass! boring??
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