Banger Sisters

20th Century Fox Released 2002


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Bob Dolman
In the late '60s it would have been hard to find a rock star who didn't have Suzette (Goldie Hawn) or Vinnie (Susan Sarandon) on his arm - or attached to his leg. The self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball rocked the worlds of every music legend whose pants they could take off, and they have the pictures to prove it. It's been more than two decades since THE BANGER SISTERS earned their nickname, or even laid eyes on one another. Vinnie is now Lavinia: a prim, suburban mother, wife, and pillar of the community, more at home at a garden party than a mosh pit. Suzette is still her brassy self, plus a few tattoos and a remarkably increased bust line. When Suzette's world comes crashing down, she sets off in search of the one friend who might be able to rescue her, or at least give her a few thousand bucks. The reunion of THE BANGER SISTERS is the collision of two women's worlds: one who's living in the past; one who's hiding from it. Together they learn the value of living in the moment. Academy Award?-winners Hawn (Cactus Flower) and Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) bring THE BANGER SISTERS to life, with the help of Academy Award?-winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine), who plays Suzette's eccentric travel partner, and Erika Christensen (Traffic) and Eva Amurri (Anywhere But Here) as Lavinia's daughters. THE BANGER SISTERS marks Bob Dolman's directorial debut. His writing credits include Far and Away and Willow.moreless


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  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Adult fans of good thesping in the service of a lightweight but thoroughly entertaining story should bask in the antics.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A practiced piece of Hollywood hokum, way too calculated and contrived, especially for a film that nominally celebrates the chaos and creativity of the 1960s.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Certainly begins with its heart in the right place. But the movie eventually snaps under the strain of its plot contrivances and its need to reassure.

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Comedy, Drama