April 9, 2010, - 7:27 pm

Weekend Box Office: “Date Night,” “Runaways,” “Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo”

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s another weekend o’ crap at the box office.  I can’t recommend any of the new releases highly.  Two of them had the makings of what could have been good movies but degraded into the vile and/or stupid.  One was just vile trash to begin with.



*  “Date Night“:  At first, I was enjoying this mistaken identity story line.  But it got real stupid, real fast.  And since when does a movie with jokes about and references to anal sex get a PG-13 rating?  That’s not to mention F- and other four letter words and stuff about stripping and orgies?  Should have been “R.”

Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a bored married couple who are always tired out, seem to have lost the romance in their marriage, and go on their weekly date night out to a fancy new restaurant in New York City, where they are mistaken for a couple who are blackmailing an Italian mafia figure who owns strip clubs.  In a novel acting career move, Ray Liotta plays the mobster.   Trying to show his range, I guess.  Wow, next, they’ll be casting Joe Pesci as a mafioso.  For the rest of the movie, we see Carell and Fey trying to escape two corrupt cops who moonlight for the mobster and meeting up with various characters who help them in their escape plan.

One of those is real-life thug and convicted criminal Mark Wahlberg, who walks around shirtless showing his abs for the duration of the movie.  Calvin Klein and the ’90s called.  They want their underwear commercial back.  In a stupid couple of scenes, he and his Israeli girlfriend speak in Hebrew about having multiple sex partners and an orgy with Carell and Fey.  Yup, since there’s never an opportunity to speak Hebrew in a movie, the dumb lines about sexual swinging created the most appropriate opportunity.  Thanks, self-hating Hollywood Jews.  Your gratuitous manner knows no nadir.

The rest of the movie is equally dumb and the ending is predictable.  Like I said, what started out promising lived up to the Hollywood promise of being complete garbage . . . and not really funny at all for what is supposed to be a comedy.  I laughed only a handful of times.  But the funniest thing of all is that some people will actually pay ten bucks plus to see this.  Haha, funny.  About as funny as Jack and Chrissy being mistaken for another couple on “Three’s Company.”  Come on, Hollywood think of something new.

Save your own date night and skip this.  It’s “entertainment” for morons.


* “The Runaways“: The saddest thing about this incredibly vile, horrid film is that it stars popular teen actors Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. And young girls who idolize them will want to see this disgusting, pointless trash, which glamorizes teen sex, drug addiction, lesbianism, and a sea of C-words, P-word, F-words. Nauseating.  Dakota Fanning’s parents–who allowed her to make this movie and simulate this behavior when she was barely 15–should be charged with child abuse.  I guess engaging in this excrement is how you show you’ve “grown up as an actress.”

It’s the story of “The Runaways,” a loser girl band in the ’70s punk movement, which featured Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. But the band never made it big, and the main character, Currie, became–at age 15–a drug addict and slut who never grew up. That’s the second saddest thing about this garbage. I interviewed the 50-year-old Currie, on Thursday, and, while she declared the night before that she was “not ashamed of a thing” and so “proud” of her sleazy life, she couldn’t handle my polite, challenging questions about the movie and her book, “Neon Angel,” on which the movie is based. Her toady book publicist demanded my videotape because he didn’t want the world to see this 50-year-old vessel o’skank act embody the angry, left-wing New Age psychobabble queen that she is.

I’ll be writing more about my “experience” with this destructive, nutty woman who glamorizes teen orgies, lesbianism, and heavy drug use. She says she “paved” the way for women in rock. If this is “paving the way,” the dirt road was highly under-rated. We didn’t need her “paving.” We needed her act to be paved under.  Sorry, hag, er . . . chick, your story simply isn’t as interesting and definitely not a crumb as important as you’ve deluded yourself into thinking.  Irrelevant, and who cares? But, hey, to make a buck, she’ll pimp out America on it.

Even Elvis is turning over in his grave that his granddaughter (Riley Keough) participated in this manure.  Grrlpower is over-rated.

Don’t let your teen daughters see this movie . . . even if accompanied by an adult. With crap like this, it’s no wonder we’ve lost the culture war and continue to decline as a country.


* “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo“: The title of this is misleading since the major character of this Swedish language film (with English subtitles) is really a Swedish investigative reporter who is hired by the only moral elder of a wealthy family of Swiss mostly former Nazis to find a missing niece, who was apparently murdered. The woman with the dragon tattoo is a goth woman in her 20s who is an ex-con on parole.  The movie is based on the thriller by Stieg Larsson.

This otherwise riveting movie would have been great, but it degrades beyond reclamation with gratuitous lesbian scenes, and–far worse–sickening, graphic rape and torture scenes, including a parole officer who rapes the tattooed goth and then her rape of him using a sex toy and rope. Truly disgusting. Yes, the country of IKEA is depraved far beyond crummy furniture. Completely warped. And the “happy ending” simply isn’t worth it all. Not only is it too slow and about an hour too long, but the conclusion is unsatisfying and the movie, overall, was truly disturbing.

Should have been rated “X.” Take your subtitled piece of trash and shove it.


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211 Responses

Debbie, Jackie Fuchs (a.k.a. Jackie Fox) went on to graduate from Harvard Law; Joan is a business success, and Cherie liberal?? Where did you get the idea she was liberal? I’m surprised you didn’t become fast friends.

Debbie, I’d like to help guide you towards reality. Daily, you exploit the suffering of your grandparents; capitalizing on their torture and suffering; climbing their dead carcasses to inflate your own illusion of importance. How dare you? I’d think it best to hold back on throwing words like “hag” into the ring when you yourself are not too far off from “Sally O’Malley” stretch pants yourself, missy.

Unlike you, I attended a prominent private university a bit more challenging than Michigan or Wisconsin. I didn’t drop my Jewish grandparents suffering into my resume as you have. I actually worked on the WTA Tennis tour, unlike you who played mediocre Detroit juniors. The Donald Dell (ProServ) and the late Mark McCormick (IMG) were my mentors. My father, an aerospace pioneer, was one of Barry Goldwater’s closest friends. My insight was keener than anything a mistreated, homely Neo-Con girl from Michigan could dream of. You chose law as revenge for the miserable babushka face you were slapped with. You wanted validation and power – power you never felt as an ignored, humiliated, bullied little peon of a child — a child who wasn’t cool enough or good enough to ever escape her second-rate, fly-over state up-bringing. Stardom was your true yearning but the 40+ years of rejection you’ve faced has turned you into this needy woman that you are today.

I wasn’t birthed from the loins of a vile, heartless Yenta nor did I come out with a face only your vile, heartless mother could love. That photo of yourself is from 1990 I’d estimate, given the hideous beast I saw recently — the monstrosity you refer to as Debbie Schlussel. You have embellished a few key points of your biography. Shall I deconstruct you piece by piece here of in private, before Robert Hudson? Isn’t it true that you are a closeted lesbian? Shall I share what I know, or would you prefer to keep it our little secret? Shall I continue?

Should I bother to point out that Van Halen, Daz Band, Genesis, Duran Duran, Steely Dan, Boston, Guns and Roses, and all the bands you “pick” have lead the same sordid lifestyle as Ms. Currie and Larkin? If anyone would make a movie about any of your “picks” you’d have a lot to be disgusted by. Each of the bands I mentioned — a.k.a. “your picks” — are very well aware of Joan and Cherie. My uncle Milton would roll over in his grave knowing there are Jews like you spewing the same hate speech that was used against your exploited grandparents. Shame on you for playing “revenge of the nerds” at your age.

Your biggest problem with these girls is that they didn’t have to follow the same rules you were forced to follow. You had no chance at fame and you resent them for being bold, unconventional and wildly free. You were saddled with restrictions and endless emotional limitations. Do you know I was in the gifted program from the time I was 5 and never once did I feel the need to join MENSA? It is only for the needy sociopaths like you who need the validation of a label — a title to lord over others, as a show of insecurity. Isn’t knowing you are gifted enough for you? Why do you need the validation of titles? I can answer that. Without those titles you are that same, homely, ignored, bullied little girl with closeted lesbian feelings. You were so shamed into thinking your feelings are vile that you lash out against anyone who didn’t live under the same cage of restrictions.

DC on April 12, 2010 at 2:31 am

Goodnight from NYC.

DC on April 12, 2010 at 2:36 am


I understand the posting a review of a movie. You didn’t care for the movie, or to be honest reading the review and past reviews you do not care of many movies in general. Great your not a movie person and you did not like the runaways movie. But where is journalism integrity? I realize that this is a “blog” type site, but where is the point where you cross the line by calling someone who you do not know personally a “50-year-old vessel o’skank act embody the angry, left-wing New Age psychobabble queen” I mean really? and yet you are going to attack an actresses parents for letting her do a scence which by the way would not be considered any where near being able to be reported for child abuse as it does not fit that category in any state. But to understand that journalistic reporting would have had to be done before making such a biased statement to begin with. I understand that there will be numerous arguments back from individuals that like to in general argue for the hell of it, but this is a bit extreme and uncalled for not only for the runaways movie for even the reviews of the others listed as well…

Eric Jett on April 12, 2010 at 2:39 am

What was supposed to be a “movie review” ended up as a personal, nasty attack on Cherie Currie, chock full of insults. Obviously, this moron reviewer has not read the book Neon Angel, and clearly allowed her opinions of Ms. Currie to get in the way of a review.

You don’t know Cherie. In your ignorance, you lash out.

Not so intelligent.

Kudos to Jake for standing up for his mother. Shows how fine a job she has done in raising you. You have my respect.


wolfmother on April 12, 2010 at 2:41 am


Your Pal Joey: on April 12, 2010 at 2:47 am


Your Pal Joey: on April 12, 2010 at 2:49 am

this woman cannot write! it’s difficult to take anything she says seriously because of it. she uses the word ‘stupid’ three times in her above reviews. in her Runaways movie review she claims America has ‘lost the culture war’ – yet another meaningless comment. this is not proper film criticism. just inane commentary from someone who does it as a break from their ‘political commentary’. also note anything with ‘gratuitous lesbian’ scenes really get her goat! i had never heard of this person before so watched a few youtube vids of her. bad accent! she talks funny! i couldn’t hack looking at her any longer so switched it off, amazed how anyone could take anything she says seriously.

GordieAcorn on April 12, 2010 at 2:56 am

Daniel H stated:
“I am 52 years old, graduated from high school in 1975 (the year The Runaways were formed) and grew up in Los Angeles. Even out here in their hometown, the only time I ever heard their music on the radio was on the “Rodney On The Rock,” program, Sunday nights on KROQ. Sorry to say that it did not inspire me to go out and purchase any of it.”

Daniel ..the fact that you grew up in L.A during that time frame does not you a final word connesuir of pop/rock make. I mean, it’s fact that a lot of other sheltered boys who were more inclined to be “inspired” by Liberace or Judy Garland also grew up and emerged from L.A during that period, but you don’t see them catterwauling here do you? Of course not, they’re busy organizing their sweater drawer.

“In short, I will not be seeing “The Runaways,” not because I disapprove of the film’s content, but merely because the subject matter doesn’t interest me.”

Yikes! The dent that’s going to put in box office gross’ll send it right to DVD. Dastardly fiend!

On an up note for you, Lyle, and the cat though, I hear “The Barry Manilow Story” is in the works.

Marvin Gardens on April 12, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Marvin, ironically, I dislike Barry Manilow for the exact same reason that I never cared for the Runaways. All image and no substance. Back then, my taste in music fell somewhere in between those two extremes. In the early 70s, I was into David Bowie, and in the late 70s, I was into Elvis Costello.

    Daniel H on April 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

You’re SERIOUSLY going to block people from posting comments on here?
This is a public forum and people are entitled to their own opinions. Life sucks when you get a taste of your own vile medicine, doesn’t it? If you’re going to dish it out, you have to learn to take it too. Unfortunately for you that’s just a fact of life. So how about you stop being a condescending cow and acting like you’re something so above Cherie Currie & the rest of the world when you vrey, very clearly are not.
Jealousy is a curse, Debbie.
Have a bit of class about yourself. Honestly.

G on April 12, 2010 at 3:25 am

look, debbie schlussel, your a filthly, xenophobic, homophobic, racist and pigheaded cunt. your movie reviews are tasteless and not justified, you honestly seem as though you have some serious intellectual and mental disabilities and you make me want to find something very heavy and very sharp edged to wedge into your fucked up, fundementalist brain

Felicity on April 12, 2010 at 3:42 am

    That was a little vague, Felicity. Could you be a bit more specific?

    Just for me?

    : )

    Marvin Gardens on April 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

Hey everybody, did you know DC could have been in MENSA, went to a private University, fetched towels for Donald Dell & Mark McCormick while discussing marketing strategy or something, had an Uncle Miltie that would be disappointed in Debbie and his Dad was an aerospace pioneer that knew Goldwater?

You forgot to mention you were a comedian cause that some funny shit right there.

lowandslow on April 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

Debbie, you didn’t review the movie, you simply criticized it. A review would include both the good and the bad of the film. You also seem VERY interested in Cherie, and I noticed another poster said you were a closeted Lesbian.

The ones who protest depictions of “lesbianism” the loudest are usually the closet Queers. I count you among that population, Debbie. And how dare anyone use the word “shalom” on your hate-filled blog. “Shalom” means “peace.” I hope you find some, somehow.

Rebel from Georgia on April 12, 2010 at 8:15 am

Wow Debbie. The defenders of debauchery where out in force on this one huh! Slight pause while they access their dictionary.

Oscar on April 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hey Oscar Meyer weenie, You’re lips must be chapped from all that ass kissing.

    Sue on April 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

      LOL. I haven’t heard something like that since the 6th grade. Does your mommy know you are using her computer?

      Oscar on April 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

        I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weener…oops wear is my dic shun airy,,,tiny , tiny little Oscar, very tiny even with all the war paint on miss Schlutsel ,,,well maybe you and jeff can make half a man and with Schlutsel ,,,almost a full man! oops I hear my mother coming better get off her puter,,she hates when I bash the ugly and stupid

        Rob Lochner on April 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

          Feb27jimme Roxy Roller remix from Gilder or original Sweeney Todd? That silnge changed my life, to use a cliche, but true! Not a bad track here at all, and glad to see Dead End Justice a favourite from the debut album very cinematic track will come to life at last as wriiten!

          Sahil on May 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

we, the debauched, would know exactly how to spell it sweetiepie. big kisses…ggx

GordieAcorn on April 12, 2010 at 8:44 am

Even if there was a movie I didn’t like and you reviewed it and you made these statements, You’re crude.

Sue on April 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

Wow, that wasn’t a review. That was a f–king attack on Cherie Currie’s character. Stupid c–t.

M: You stay classy, Cherie Currie fans. F- and C-words edited by me. DS

Marie on April 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    DS,you missed a C— word….Ffelicity called you a “pigheaded cunt”

    …and Cherie Currie is one of the sweetest people you could er want to know,she cares for and makes every effort to be available for her fans. This movie is about survival. If you would have took the time to pay attention you would have picked up on that. Cherie survived the wild life and her addictions, and I would proudly take my daughter to see this film just so she can see how you can be affected by your choices and their consequences.

    Have a nice day.

    DM on April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Debbie Schlussel responding to Currie’s post, “Not sure what “trembling” or “quaking” she’s talking about, since my behavior at her interview was calm and controlled. Hers was not. She got increasingly angry and unhinged.”

Reading all the unhinged nutcases defending Currie I think we know who was telling the truth about who was telling the truth there.

Anybody else in Currie’s family forgotten to write in, yet?

I love how people of Currie’s ilk are all for “honesty” until it’s someone who doesn’t share the same views.

Currie and Co. should thank Debbie as I checked the movie weekend BO results and the movie is bombing because nobody cares about a never was and this will be the most anyone even talks about this movie.

Jeff_W on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Really Jeff,,Really..All Cheries fans/friends are for honesty until you don’t agree with them,you mean calling Cherie a hag is honest? You could never get a woman as beautiful as Cherie and there for will be stuck sucking up and hoping to get someone like Schlutsel,,put a bag over both your heads!

    Rob Lochner on April 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I’m surprised the Tina Fey fan club hasn’t written in to bash Debbie.

Debbie didn’t use the obligatory media label of “intelligent” about Fey. NOW that’s a gross insult! You would think Fey is president of Harvard as much as her supposed intelligence is always mentioned by the media.

Jeff_W on April 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

I thought your reviews of Runaways, Date Night and Girl with Dragon Tattoo–all of which I saw– were fair, interesting and informative, except that you gave Date Night slightly more credit than I would have given it myself (since you liked the movie for the first few minutes, which I did not). I do not feel your reviews this week were unbalanced or overly mean-spirited. You simply described what was on the screen in an intelligent and informative way. There was really nothing you wrote with which I disagreed or found offensive.

I absolutely do not think it is in any parent’s interest to have their child see The Runaways, since it glorifies drugs, defiance, unusual sexual experimentation at a young age (which I think is harmful), and an ethics based on power and sensationalism. Date Night is a complete waste of time; furthermore I despise Wahlberg as much as you do and watching him walk around with his shirt off for long extended periods was annoying if not disgusting.

Of the three movies, like you, I enjoyed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most, but I think your description of the lesbianism is a useful warning to conservatives.

I hope you will continue to write reviews in the same manner to which your readers (including myself) are accustomed. You are funny, pointed, and fair. You have seen an enormous number of movies–and you continue to watch and review them without any apparent breaks. Anyone who thinks that’s easy should try it themselves. You present interesting and important political and social background to your reviews. Most importantly, you focus on the liberal subtext in films. If I want a review from a liberal about all the liberal garbage playing in theaters, I can always go to Rotten Tomatoes where I can find a million, but where else but your site can I go for a conservative perspective?

Burke on April 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

“You would think Fey is president of Harvard as much as her supposed intelligence is always mentioned by the media.”
–Jeff_W on April 12, 2010 at 9:35 am


Burke on April 12, 2010 at 11:12 am


Review “Person” Needs to be Reviewed for mis-use of conduct!!

Thomas Richmond on April 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

Debbie: As many have said, you are entitled to your opinion, but not when you obviously didn’t do your homework. If you had even bothered to read “Neon Angel” then you might have had a different opinion about Cherie Currie. Just so you know, your opinion doesn’t matter. There are so many people who respect Cherie Currie for her having put herself out there so that other people/teens etc. will and have been inspired by her experiences. If you have a problem with Cherie, you should not have gotten so personal about it. What kind of person are you? We all know the REAL TRUTH. You really should apologize to Cherie as she didn’t deserve the garbage you wrote and said about her. Shame on you. I praise her son Jake for standing up for his mother. You go Jake!!!! Rock on Cherie!!!! You have absolutely no class Debbie. Also, never even heard of you until your nasty review. Guess you are hard up for attention.

Valerie Rush on April 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm


Bella on April 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I’m confused here; if a film depicts drug use and teen sexuality, it’s “promoting” those things? Really? I saw this film and from a film school perspective, I didn’t think it was well-made, so I’ll cede that point. I was left with a feeling that Cherie Currie was left really messed up by her time as a rock singer. If anything, the film seemed to me to send the message, “Kids, DON’T try this at home!” And Debbie, the Runaways were not a loser band. I’ve listened to their songs recently and watched videos on YouTube and I can’t understand why they were dissed in their time. They’re good performers!

Meshugganashicksa on April 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

This comment thread is about the best birthday present a girl could ask for. Thanks, God.

hellcat on April 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

lowandslow u r hell of an idiot. double moron. U see there r two kinds of people here. Us, and You. We r right U r wrong. U r very.very wrong. U see u r that poor, that U’Ll Die alone, and if i know where, Ill have Cherie Currie and the runaways sing a song to you, on ur grave, got it?
I really hope there r runaways fans near you, so u get k***** tonight. U get my point. I am mean, but hey… Runaways r the best band ever.And Cherie Currie is someone u will never be. She’s a sweetheart, u’re a nerd.
So… go **** urself. And Im probably the rudest commentator here xD

Bella on April 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

You have got to be kidding me, who is this awful person. This isn’t a movie review it is an attack my dear friend Cherie Currie, how dare you. You have no idea what you are talking about. Not only attacking Cherie, then to attack the parents of the actresses (by the way; did a fantastic job in the movie) what is wrong with you. I don’t think Hollywood made a movie about you when you where just 15-year-olds that reached so many people like Cherie did. Good for you Jake, standing up for mom. Let me tell you something about Jake; he is a great kid, warm, kind, and a loving person just like his mom and he has more talent in his little toe then you would ever think of having. You could never reach out and touch and change as many lives as Cherie has, because you have no heart or soul you are a sorry excuse for a person. You say you are an attorney, I’m sure glad that law degree is going to good use, I don’t think so. You should be a shamed of yourself, and crawl back under that rock where you came from.

Pam Apostolou on April 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

As an attorney, you should be familiar with the definition of the tort of Defamation, including what constitutes Libel and Slander.

Mark on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 am

Get yourself a life, you Debbie *.*.* Who are you to judge people, and their behavior, especially in the early age when you weren’t even born. Why do you care what she was doing? Look at her, she is perfectly fine, healthy and happy woman now ( more beautiful than you) , no matter what she has done before ( which is not any of your business, it’s her business only) Don’t stick up your nose somewhere where it doesn’t belong to. You’re disgusting. You plastic blondie woman.

Iva Luna Bruggeman on April 13, 2010 at 3:11 am

And I must say I agree with you about Dakota, she’s too young for such role, it is kinda not right to do, but why should we care? People who create the movie know how big influence it will all leave on teens, and it will be their mistake if the kids go wrong way, there is nothing in there that you should judge or talk about.

Iva Luna Bruggeman on April 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

Debbie, that was an awful review. I can understand not enjoying a film but to talk of women in the tone you represented is appalling. Maybe this line of work is not suited for you. I see you more as a cut throat attorney than a movie critic.

I would have demanded the tape back and cease the interview as well. I can ‘feel’ your anger and hatred and that is not what a dignified, educated writer would convey.

D. Klein on April 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

Great job Debbie, thanks for being unapologetic and never lowering your standards for trash.

Here we go again. Washed up Hollywood stars selling their filth to the brain dead masses to further justify and immortalize their decadent lifestyle. Yeah they call their lives fortuitous and claim they didn’t harm anyone. Well how many followed the “Runaways” and ended up in a shady motel room selling their body for a hit of meth or heroin. They immortalize themselves as some type of survivors. Screw them they help lead a couple generations down a vast wasteland of delusion. For me I really don’t give a damn. It’s their lives. However, they bring us in the picture whether we like it or not. Those wasted lives want a check from the government. They want SSI disability checks because they can’t function in society because the wreck they have become. Those years of getting high and irresponsibility is rewarded with a life of government checks.

CaliforniaScreaming on April 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm


I am all for one expressing their opinions in whatever way they feel is appropriate. However I find it amusing when the only way one can make their point is by being abusive to others. I think that is commonly referred to as bullying.

There is nothing at all wrong with being proud of where you come from and what you’ve accomplished. I’m sure we’ve all made some mistakes, even big ones, and to be proud of getting to the other side is a good thing. Shame and guilt is something that will destroy your life (and possibly cause you to write filth about others to make yourself feel better).

Are you aware that Cherie was a drug counselor trying to prevent others from going down the wrong path?

Are you aware of the philanthropic efforts she participates in to help young women feel good about themselves through music?

And I definitely laughed out loud at the “liberal” tag.

Truth is , you didn’t care to find any of this out as it would get in the way of your mouth foaming diatribe. As an “attorney” you certainly fail miserably at due diligence.

Good luck with your career, it looks like you’ll need it.

Bernie C on April 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I don’t normally read the ravings of the deliberately mis-spelled crowd, but it is – once again – fascinating to observe the intolerance of the tolerant crowd. Live a life of self destruction and people find excuses to praise a movie about it; but dare to criticize that life, and people go beserk. I haven’t seen the Runaways, but if it was truly an inspirational movie then it would be about her recovery from her teenage years, not an in-depth portrayal. Jennie, in Forest Gump, summed up that type of self destructive, and did so, I believe, in only two scenes: one where she is sitting with some other girls next to her pimp, two when she almost commits suicide (dramatically shown by her wobbling on the edge of a balcony while wearing platform shoes). Both scenes without any dialogue, and yet we see all the misery her life has come to. That is the succintness and power of art, with which biography cannot compete.

David O. on April 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

From the deliberately misspelled crowd:

*It’s misspelled, not mis-spelled;
*Your semi-colon before “but dare to criticize that life” was misplaced;
*It’s berserk, not beserk;
*the sentence “not an in-depth portrayal” should have been finished with “of her teenage debauchery,” or something descriptive, as you’re leaving the sentence unfinished otherwise;
*”summed up that type of self destructive.” Same issue here, with an unfinished sentence.

Just thought I’d help you out, as clearly spelling and grammar are important to you. And obviously no one else on your side of the debate has spelled anything wrong or made any typos throughout this whole discussion, so I wouldn’t want you to embarrass yourself.

hellcat on April 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the corrections, but you ignore the adjective “deliberately”. Zwing, over your head. Typical. (I’d better keep my sentences short so you can’t criticize my punctuation, which frankly anybody can do, since even experts don’t agree on much of it.) Would you explain what “my side” is? I haven’t seen the movie, as I stated, but I did mention Jennie in Forest Gump. Is that my side? Or are you refering to the intolerance of the “tolerant” side, (the Boo Hoo, you’ve hurt my feelings, you’re intolerant, you’re bad side)?

    David O. on April 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      I would think that, had you intended to make a point by deliberately misspelling things yourself, you would have chosen more obvious mistakes to make than the ones you did. So I’m going to have to assume that a) you’re lying, or b) you’re really not that good at getting your point across. I’m leaning towards a. Additionally, the grammatical errors you made – leaving out the semi-colon, which I’ll agree is up for debate – were pretty clearly errors. Leaving a sentence unfinished tends to be frowned upon by most literate people, let alone experts.

      As for your second point: generally, calling someone “intolerant” and accusing them of “raving” does not imply that you agree with them. You’re correct that I am using a blanket term to describe what appears to be the opposing side of the debate. It seems like there are two crowds here – the pro-Cherie Currie/Runaways crowd, and the anti-Cherie Currie/Runaways crowd. You are right, however, that within each group there is diversity of opinion that I glossed over by saying “your side”. I would point out, though, that in your phrase “the intolerance of the tolerant crowd,” you’re doing basically the same thing – assuming that everyone who disagrees with you is disagreeing in exactly the same intolerant way.

      hellcat on April 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

Wooww Debbie..Your so called “review” was laughable. Your accusations and your facts are all wrong honey..Do your research what kind of so called “professional” are you?? Nobody even knows who you are. No wonder the interview was cut short. Im sorry you’re so insecure with your sad self that you feel the need to act like a child and try and bash a beautiful human being( which u are FAR from… woah…no people honestly like… woah)Speaking of beauty..nice over the top AIR BRUSHED picture youve got of youself up there that looks NOTHING like you!! now THAT made me laugh LOL!! Hey, if it was okay for you to throw low blows out there( which were so untrue and ridiculous all in one) than so can all of us about you.. wonder if your gonna delete this one Debbie.. embaressed much?? If i were you I’d be..

Cristina on April 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

“Additionally, the grammatical errors you made – leaving out the semi-colon, which I’ll agree is up for debate – were pretty clearly errors.”
–hellcat on April 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

The word is spelled “semicolon,” not “semi-colon.”

Burke on April 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Actually, Microsoft Office Word accepts both as correct, as does dictionary.com.

hellcat on April 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Debbie you couldn’t be more accurate about Cherie, she was screwed up when she was younger and is obviously screwed up now. BTW She NEVER won a talent show, nobody EVER threw garbage at her at a talent show AND she never dyed her hair red white and blue to vindicate some other F-&*^ing freshman.

I knew her when on April 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Also…just in response to an earlier poster…I think Debbie is very pretty.

Amy on April 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I really don’t understand your personal attack on Cherie Currie, she was simply telling the story of what happened in her life. She didn’t say it was right, wrong or something all teenage girls should run out and try. It was a different era and they were the first girls of rock n’ roll, they were naive and misled by people in the music business. I have read the book, have not seen the movie yet (but will). I admire Cherie for putting herself out there knowing she would be judged by people like yourself and was still willing to take the risk. I believe she had a story to tell and many fans who are interested in reading and seeing that story. I lived in Memphis TN, I was a total rock n’ roll girl and I loved The Runaways, they didn’t play their music on the top 40 stations, but those of us who loved Bowie, Iggy and New York Dolls to name a few loved The Runaways. They were rebelious and rocked as hard as any of the all male bands and I wanted to be up on that stage like they were, of course I had no idea what was happening off the stage until I read the book. The reason the studios make so many different genres of movies is so there is something for everyone, maybe it wasn’t your cup of tea, but no need to be so vicious in your comments regarding Cherie or any of The Runaways. They made a difference in a lot of peoples life maybe not yours, but really put the claws away.

Jan Crutchfield on April 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

I knew her when…what was the actual name of the school that you attended with Cherie?

DM on April 18, 2010 at 1:15 am


    I knew her when on April 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

….And,,,Good catch Roxy!!!! I didn’t think anyone would pick up on that. YES THE INTERVIEW TAPE WAS BLANK!!! Debbie you must have been So nervous to forget that one small detail!!

DAMN!! We can’t even see it on Youtube now!

DM on April 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

Well done Debbie. It appears the trashy left doesn’t like to be judged when they are trying to fleece people of their money. It’s a weak movie with useless content and negative messages. Some people aren’t gonna get the pay day they were promised, and now they are instinctively lashing out like they animals they have become. It’s not Debbie’s fault your movie content is garbage and few people care to pay you for it. Get a grip and a trainer.

ray on April 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm


I really feel sorry for you. This is not journalism. It is whats wrong with this country that would allow you a forum to be so harsh, judgmental and vindictive to another human being. PLease look in the mirror and ask yourself “Are you proud of what you did here?”

What you failed to see, is this was a child, taken in by a pedifile pimp, and was fed sex, drugs and rock & roll to a point of unconscious choice. She was made to feel like a star, yet never received the recognition nor the compensation for what she was working for. The failure here, that lies in this movie and the book was not Cherie Currie, but a society in that day, that still exists in the very person who sold these girls into that form of slavery, and continues to flaunt it. This person has haunted their lives since. I know the damage this person has caused many lives. He haunts mine that he hasn’t been prosecuted for his actions, and continues to play out his actions on the streets of L.A.

That being said, may I suggest to you that as difficult as it was for these women to survive that, and continue to grow and contribute to this world in ways I know they have, shows endurance, strength and fortitude, all good qualities. They are all successful, and certainly not from any compensation of that nightmare. Music is still in their hearts. Lessons were learned in the school of hard knocks. They survived.

You will find it hard pressed to find a closer family bond then that of Cherie Currie, to not only her personal family, but her friends as well. Cherie has shown compassion in many ways to this world, constantly giving of her heart and her art. Through what has been a difficult walk, she has managed to raise a family and who supports her in every way. She is the furthest thing from what you have accused her of. So your opinion is not valid.

Its a story Debbie, most of it factual. You would be in a better place to show compassion and suggest everyone should see this movie and witness the downfalls of this type of world, to protect our sisters and daughters, brothers and son’s from. What you did, was turn a spotlight on yourself while you were not looking your best.

I certainly hope you think about what you have said and done and sincerely make amends, so you feel better about yourself, and others have the opportunity to forgive.

Cherie Lynnae on April 19, 2010 at 1:15 am

I don’t know if anyone has said this, I haven’t read all the comments but The Runaways is a story that deserves to be told. All those women had TALENT. If it was a movie about an all guy band would you be saying the same things?? A guy in a rock band in the 70s can get wasted, do drugs, have sex and not get persecuted for it but if a girl does, she’s a slut. It was fucking rock and roll in 70’s. Seriously, WHAT did you expect?
Lita Ford went onto become a metal queen and one of the greatest guitarists ever, Joan Jett was the first woman to start her own record label, she had a lot of hits. Sandy West was one of the greatest drummers, and Cherie Currie is now an artist who can still sing, Jackie Fox is a lawyer and Vicki Blue a movie producer. THEY ALL HAD REAL TALENT. They were misled and used by the people managing them, which is a shame. Maybe you should watch some of the live footage of The Runaways or listen to their Live In Japan album before being so quick to judge.

who on April 19, 2010 at 2:56 am

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