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The Runaways

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark teen drama with heart has threat, violence, drinking.

Movie NR 2020 113 minutes
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This debut feature by writer-director Richard Heap is a refreshingly dark but also uplifting teen adventure. Windsor gives a stand-out performance as The Runaway's world-weary 16-year-old Angie, who is forced to take on the role of matriarch after her mother leaves her and her siblings and their caring but alcoholic father falls short of his parental duties. Tensions flare between the three of siblings as their situation gets more desperate. But there's enough affection in their portrayals that it's clear these battles are fleeting.

There is a real delicate balance struck in the movie. While the darker moments are almost too bleak, the lighter notes are touchingly bright, giving way to almost magical moments of adventure. Given its themes and hard edges, this movie won't be suitable for all young teens. But those who like a hard-hitting story will relish its bold take on a teen drama with plenty of delightful gruesome fun to be found within.

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