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Bad Reputation

Country: USA, Language: English, 98 mins

  • Director: Kevin Kerslake
  • Writer: Joel Marcus
  • Producer: Peter Afterman; Carianne Brinkman

CGiii Comment

What an odd career Ms. Jett has had...from punkette, to pomp rocker [I Love Rock'n'Roll] back to punky rocker!

Never one to spill the beans regarding her sexuality [who really cares!?!]...she has kept those 'beans' tightly encased in a tin...and, the tin opener is nowhere handy...definitely, out-of-reach for the filmmaker. In other words, there ain't no surprises in this here film.

Being non-revelatory, no tough questions were's a simple, no frills, chronological, tour-de-force of Madame Jett's peaks-and-troughs, madly interesting, career. But...alas, we don't hear enough from Joan...Kevin Kerslake chose - unwisely - to include [too] many [glowing] testimonials from [known] names...bleating on about how much they love/loved screams [albeit premature] obituary!!!

For God's sake...she's alive and kicking...let the woman scream from the rafters...she has [much] more to say than this documentary allowed...good grief, talk about a wasted opportunity!

Obviously, a star for for Mr Kerslake, you let it all slip through your fingers! And...what's with the 'writing' credit?!?


The(ir) Blurb...

Rock-and-roll pioneer Joan Jett has been shredding hard since she founded The Runaways back in the 1970s, and at age 60, she shows no signs of slowing down. This breathlessly entertaining documentary spans the many eras and facets of her career, including interviews from a wide range of peers and protégés, including Michael J. Fox, Debbie Harry, Miley Cyrus, Billie Jo Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, Kristen Stewart, Iggy Pop, and Laura Jane Grace, to name just a few. Revel in Jett’s trademark humble swagger as the film chronicles her journey to becoming one of the most influential figures in punk rock history.

Cast & Characters

Billie Joe Armstrong
Rodney Bingenheimer
Carianne Brinkman
Bill Curbishley
Miley Cyrus
Michael J. Fox
Kathleen Hann
Debbie Harry
Sally Hershberger
Joan Jett
Kenny Laguna
Ian MacKaye
Alison Mosshart
Dougie Needles
Mike Ness