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The Banger Sisters
|*Also starring: ||Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen, Robin Thomas, Eva Amurri||
Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4
In THE BANGER SISTERS, a couple of fiftysomething ex-groupies get
back together again. Suzette (Goldie Hawn) is a flower child who
never grew up. Dressing, looking and acting like she is three decades
younger, Suzette works as a bartender at a club for people who are
that age. As the story opens, she is fired, which causes her to go
to Phoenix to locate her fellow groupie, Lavinia Kingsley (Susan Sarandon),
so that she can borrow money from her. Along the way, Suzette picks
up Harry (Geoffrey Rush), an anal-retentive writer who is going to
Phoenix to use his one bullet to kill his father for the sin of never
paying any attention to his son.
Lavinia is an all-beige-all-the-time mom, who is as filthy rich as
Suzette is dirt poor. Now complete opposites, Lavinia wants to bury
her past while Suzette doesn't want it to ever end. (Once famous
backstage at rock concerts, they got their nicknames, the Banger sisters,
from their infamous promiscuity.)
Although the movie has some funny incidents, it never seems genuine.
Writer and director Bob Dolman has assembled a killer cast but is
never able to get them out of first gear. One part of the casting
that doesn't work is Erika Christensen (SWIMFAN), who plays Hannah,
Lavinia's older daughter. Supposedly her high school's valedictorian,
Hannah isn't the least bit convincing as a brainiac. Her younger
sister, Ginger (Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter),
is quite believable as a spoiled rich kid. The most promising part
of the picture turns out to be its few bittersweet moments, but the
director keeps the focus firmly on the comedy. It's a movie that
delivers a few good laughs and that's about it.
THE BANGER SISTERS runs 1:37. It is rated R for "language, sexual
content and some drug use" and would be acceptable for most teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes
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