I'm sure enough has been said about the film itself at this point. I agree that this film is engaging, moving, well casted, well acted, and just an overall great flick. I'm always delighted to see comments by young people who have discovered the awesomeness of Joan Jett and her original band, the Runaways. Their story is indeed fascinating, and the movie tells it well, while keeping us excited and making us care about the characters. I've been a Joan Jett fan since age 13, in 1984, and it's very gratifying to see how my idol has grown into rock and roll legend. It's good to know I wasn't the only teenage boy who thought Joan Jett was as cool as any male rock star. This IS a good movie, and if it leads new listeners to the Runaways and Joan Jett's solo career, then I'm happy to recommend it to anyone.
I just want to take one star off because of the commentary track, which is done by Joan Jett (the real one, who was heavily involved in the making of this film), Kristen Stewart (the actress who portrays Jett) and Dakota Fanning (who portrays singer Cherie Currie).
Anybody who cares enough to watch this film with the commentary track is probably doing it to hear the real Joan Jett's comments. How many actors provide great commentary? Very few. They are actors for a reason: They can't articulate an original thought very well. They were meant to act out dialogue written by others. Their own thoughts are simply not very interesting. Stewart and Fanning babble on, complimenting each other's performances, laughing at themselves, and recalling things like "it was SOOO hot that day!!!" and "I was SOOO nervous about doing this scene!!!" They seem like perfectly nice people, but they don't have anything interesting to say.
I think most fans would agree that Joan Jett is only as good as the people she's working with. I watch every interview with Jett I can find online, and the sad fact is, most interviewers ask her the same old, predictable questions, and Jett answers them the same way in every interview. Well, at least we know she's honest! But on the rare occasion she sits down with a GOOD interviewer, she is as fascinating as her Queen-of-Rock legendary status would indicate. She's not a raconteur, or a great storyteller, and she refuses to dish dirt, but she can be very funny and surprising.
What I'm saying is, this commentary track should have included somebody intelligent and articulate for Joan Jett to talk with, and Stewart and Fanning just don't do it. They both did a damn good job of acting in the movie, but they have nothing interesting to say, which drags the real Joan Jett's commentary down with them. More often than not, it's HER interviewing THEM, which is just all sorts of wrong.