The Banger Sisters

"OK"

The Banger Sisters Review


Old groupies don't die, they just become SUV-driving, Donna Karan-wearing, what-would-the-neighbors-think soccer moms in Phoenix -- which is a fate worse than death if you ask the aging rock'n'roll sexpot played by Goldie Hawn in "The Banger Sisters."

Still a cute and curvy hardy partier decades after her backstage banging days were over, saucy, effervescence Suzette may be a free spirit, but she's also flat broke. Freshly fired from a perfect-fit bartending gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in L.A. (for no given reason except to set the plot in motion), she's decides on a whim to hunt down her best groupie-days girlfriend -- who she's heard is now a rich lawyer's wife -- hoping to relive old times and maybe borrow some money.

But it's been 20 years since Suzette has seen Vinnie (Susan Sarandon) -- who now prefers her given name, Lavinia, and has become a micromanaging Martha Stewart type with teenage daughters (Erica Christensen and Sarandon offspring Eva Amurri) that think she's the most uptight square on Earth.

Wringing this choice premise for more risqué laughs than you might expect from a fluffy comedy aimed at the Lifetime Channel demographic, writer and first-time director Bob Dolman is blessed with fantastically spirited performances from his perfectly-cast stars in this mirthful, young-as-we-feel cinema bonbon.

All leather pants and augmented boobs, Hawn is hilarious as she tries to resuscitate the fun-loving libertine lost somewhere inside the conservative, handbag-clutching Sarandon. The two have terrific chemistry together, never more so than when they're secretly getting stoned in Lavinia's basement and digging through a box of old Polariods, trying to identify their rock star conquests from snapshots of the body parts they knew best.

Meanwhile, Suzette has a project on the side -- trying to loosen up an obsessive-compulsive failed writer (Geoffrey Rush) she met on the road in her rusty El Camino. This side story, designed to reveal sardonic Suzette's kind and nurturing side, actually earns some of the movie's best, most unexpected chuckles.

Even within its fairly fresh concept, the rest of "The Banger Sisters" is far more predictable, especially when it comes to the conflicts that arise in Lavinia's family once she rediscovers her wild side. Focused on being funny, Dolman slap-dashes together an absurdly instantaneous resolution of her husband's disapproval and her daughters' shock without confrontation or consequences, robbing the picture of a potentially rich source of additional comedy.

But by the time this simplistic conclusion rolls around, the film has provided enough exuberant amusement to begrudgingly forgive it this last-minute narrative cheat.



The Banger Sisters

Facts and Figures

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th September 2002

Box Office USA: $30.2M

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Production compaines: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Fresh: 66 Rotten: 74

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Suzette, as Lavinia, as Harry Plummer, as Hannah Kingsley, Robin Thomas Grossman as Raymond Kingsley, as Ginger Kingsley, as Jules, Andre Ware as Jake

Also starring: ,

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Free State of Jones Movie Review

Free State of Jones Movie Review

Since its true story is still so timely after some 150 years, we can forgive...

Deepwater Horizon Movie Review

Deepwater Horizon Movie Review

This reunion of actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg feels like a natural successor...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Ransom Riggs' bestselling novel is appropriately adapted into a movie by Tim Burton, the gothic...

Get Back Movie Review

Get Back Movie Review

Roger Appleton's documentary 'Get Back' looks into the music scene that come out of Liverpool....

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Advertisement
Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.