The Banger Sisters

2002

The Banger Sisters

Critics Consensus

Hawn and Sarandon are terrific together, but the hoary plot is predictable and contrived.

48%

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Total Count: 141

42%

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For some folks, the 1960s never really ended, and one woman still cheerfully stuck in the Summer of Love discovers her one-time best friend has left that decade as far behind as humanly possible in this comedy. In the late '60s and early '70s, Suzette (Goldie Hawn) and Vinnie (Susan Sarandon) were two of Southern California's most celebrated groupies. Affectionately nicknamed "The Banger Sisters" by Frank Zappa, best friends Suzette and Vinnie partied hearty with practically every rock star of the era who mattered, and kept a collection of Polaroid snapshots documenting their randy exploits. In 2001, Suzette is still her free-spirited self, and after losing her job as a barmaid at an L.A. rock club, she decides to look up Vinnie, whom she hasn't seen for 20 years. Suzette hits the road for Phoenix, AZ, to pay Vinnie a surprise visit, and en route picks up Harry (Geoffrey Rush), a novelist with writer's block who can't drive and hasn't had sex for a decade. Upon her arrival, Suzette discovers Vinnie isn't quite the same person who used to chase any man with long hair and an electric guitar. Now going by her given name of Lavinia, she's a straight laced social worker with a lawyer for a husband, Raymond (Robin Thomas), and two teenage daughters, Hannah (Erika Christensen) and Ginger (Eva Amurri), none of whom know a thing about her wild and crazy past, and have a pretty hard time imagining Lavinia even attending a rock concert. Eva Amurri comes by her role as Susan Sarandon's daughter naturally enough -- Amurri is Sarandon's daughter in real life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (38)

  • No Oscar performances in this bunch -- just a string of funny moments in a film that accepts our flaws.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is the directorial debut of Bob Dolman, who got his start scripting WKRP in Cincinnati, and as one might expect, he handles the comic material with aplomb and falls on his face whenever the story turns serious.

    Mar 18, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Silly? Yes. Soppy? Yes. Fun? Oh yes...

    Dec 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ceri Thomas

    BBC.com
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  • Hot idea. Tepid execution.

    Sep 26, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • So insipid it may turn even superannuated hippies into raging neocons.

    Sep 26, 2002
  • There's a good movie to be made about fifty-something former groupies, but The Banger Sisters is not that movie.

    Sep 23, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Banger Sisters

  • Aug 05, 2009
    yea right i saw it cause i thought they were called banger sisters for a reason. guess not.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2009
    I surprisingly liked this one. I should hate this film but it was totally a blast watching this film. Maybe because of seeing Susan Sarandon in a very different way. The story of hers being free again and being who she really is made the film very promising. Goldie Hawn is great in this film. She really is in her role. It's a movie full of great actors and actresses. Geoffrey Rush was also great in this film. I think it's a bit underrated by the critics. I totally appreciate the film. Watch it.
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2009
    love susan sarandon! i think we could all see each other as one of these characters i know i could! this is a fun movie!!
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2009
    (2002 Director: Bob Dolman) Was it that 2 of the most adorable 1970's sexy vampy bright starlets co-star in this flick that made it so mmorable? Or the sheer truths presented not so "politically correctly" that make this movie a winner. I believe most everyone can see themself in one of the characters in this movie! Who are you?? Who/What have you become???
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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