Joan Jett ‘Bad Reputation’ Documentary

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“‘Bad Reputation’ is really part of a victory lap, coming on the heels of not just that biopic about her seminal all-girl band but her 2015 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That’s not to say the new doc feels unnecessary: As producer Carianne Brinkman says, ‘It’s wonderful that the Runaways’ story was told, but I didn’t think we were done telling a story about Joan Jett. I think it’s a really important story, especially for young girls to see, and also young boys.’ The goal may be a tip-off that the movie’s story is less about decadence than, in Jett’s mind, ‘perseverance.'”

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“Given Jett’s extreme role-model status, the film’s guest list naturally tips to appreciative women. She values the new climate of outspokenness that might make things easier on younger generations. ‘The situations women and girls find themselves in daily is something I’ve dealt with since before being in a band was even a conscious thought in my head,’ she says. ‘I applaud the women who have found the strength to speak out about demeaning, vicious, sometimes violent experiences and a misogyny that is pretty much baked into American society. In my experience, very little has changed on that plain in 40 years. Now that attention is focused on these entrenched problems, let’s deal with it at its roots and not let this moment slip through our fingers.'”

Read the full article on Variety.com

Credit: Assistant Editor

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