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Banger Sisters, The
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by EricDSnider

"Not enough banging, too many sisters."
3 stars

If you could somehow rewind "The Banger Sisters" past its starting point, back to what happened 20 years earlier, then you'd have a juicy story to watch.

Alas, we don't have that technology. Instead, we must remain in the present and listen to the title characters talk about how fun it was in the good old days. Talking about it isn't nearly as interesting as living it must have been, that's for sure.

For in the old days, Suzette (Goldie Hawn) and Lavinia (Susan Sarandon) were rock groupies. They drank, did drugs and partied and had sex with pretty much every musician who rolled through Los Angeles.

It's the sort of life most people would be ashamed of later on, but only Lavinia is. She is now the wife of a wealthy Phoenix attorney (Robin Thomas) and the mother of two spoiled teenage girls, valedictorian Hannah (Erika Christensen) and rebellious Ginger (Eva Amurri, Sarandon's real-life daughter).

Suzette, meanwhile, is a trashy, unemployed bum who prefers to believe the party days never ended. She still treats sex as a toy and flits through life without regard for the consequences.

Suzette and Lavinia are reunited in Phoenix, with Suzette seeking a hand-out from her now-rich old friend. Along the way, Suzette has encountered Harry (Geoffrey Rush), a borderline obsessive-compulsive who's heading home to Arizona to kills his father, whom he blames for his failure as a Hollywood screenwriter. Geoffrey Rush's American accent is bad, and his subplot is sadly irrelevant.

The writer/director is Bob Dolman, who previously wrote "Willow" and "Far and Away." Stories set in reality and in the present day are apparently not his strong suit; "The Banger Sisters" suffers from dim-witted dialogue, a predictable plot and troublesome characterizations. It is difficult, for example, to accept that sleazy Suzette would be the source of so much inspiration among her associates. When the time comes for her to do her own soul-searching, it is brief and cursory, and she doesn't wind up changing anything about herself. But I, for one, refuse to believe her carefree, rootless lifestyle is the way we ought to live, even though the movie tries to convince me of that.

Sarandon and Hawn are far better than their material. Some scenes with just the two of them have a zingy comic rhythm, and there are some genuinely funny moments scattered across the film's relentlessly sunny landscape. I couldn't help but notice, though, that I was enjoying the actresses more than the characters, and certainly more than the movie.

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User Comments

7/12/09 art A TIME KILLER! 3 stars
6/18/09 the dork knight Goldie Hawn pwns. 4 stars
8/18/05 ES seriously this wasn't a porno? huh, well then I guess it sucked 1 stars
12/30/04 Ariadne Christina Renee Gladstone I'm presently shitting myself on admitting that I liked a Susan Sirhandon movie! 4 stars
12/02/04 lucas awesome 5 stars
5/25/04 Jade I loved this movie! It was awesome, it's a good movie to watch with your mom.hilarious film 5 stars
5/07/04 Ross Two old cows, not funny, not interesting. I cringed at sarran's bottom 1 stars
10/02/03 Mopsa Quite funny, but remains average 3 stars
8/31/03 Ashleigh Bevier This movie was great! 5 stars
5/20/03 your worse goddamn nightmare I saw this with a chick who got her hootch pierced! Flick gets points for that! 4 stars
4/17/03 Andrew Carden Goldie Hawn Is Fantastic, Sarandon Is Wasted...Film Is Average. 3 stars
4/17/03 Shadaan Felfeli or "What a good cast can do for a substandard film." 3 stars
4/08/03 Mystique I just say Geoffrey Rush ! :-) 4 stars
3/21/03 soelen i liked it, Goldie Hawn is still fucking hot,even though she is old. great chick flick 5 stars
2/15/03 Ashley Corpening Good, but I hoped Hannah really would fart at graduation. 4 stars
12/04/02 Ariadne Christina Renee Gladstone I'm presently shitting myself on having to admit I liked a Susan Sirhandon movie. 4 stars
11/07/02 The Quirkfetch Kid But better certainly doesn't deserve them! 2 stars
9/28/02 Suzz hawn and sarandon deserve better 3 stars
9/24/02 poetchuck Entertaining, romp 4 stars
9/18/02 Mortis Too many close ups,its like VH1 meets a Highway to Heaven episode. 2 stars
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  20-Sep-2002 (R)



Directed by
  Bob Dolman

Written by
  Bob Dolman

  Susan Sarandon
  Goldie Hawn
  Geoffrey Rush
  Eva Amurri
  Erika Christensen
  Matthew Carey

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