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The Banger Sisters

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Starring: Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn
Director: Bob Dolman
Rated: R
RunTime: 97 Minutes
Release Date: September 2002
Genre: Comedy

*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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