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The Banger Sisters (2002)

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

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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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R (adult situations/language)
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Comedy
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Cast

Goldie Hawn
as Suzette
Susan Sarandon
as Lavinia
Robin Thomas
as Raymond
Eva Amurri
as Ginger
Andre Ware
as Jake the Bartender
Adam Tomei
as Club Owner
Sal Lopez
as Pump Attendant
Kohl Sudduth
as Hotel Clark
Tinsley Grimes
as Prom Girl
Larry Krask
as Man in Bar
Marlayna Garrett
as Young Groupie
Josh Todd
as L.A. Band
Yugomir Lonich
as L.A. Band
Keith Nelson
as L.A. Band
Devon Glenn
as L.A. Band
Ben Skorstad
as L.A. Band
Eliza Coleman
as L.A. Band
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All Critics (140) | Top Critics (36)

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hot idea. Tepid execution.

September 26, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

So insipid it may turn even superannuated hippies into raging neocons.

September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

September 23, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There are many things that solid acting can do for a movie, but crafting something promising from a mediocre screenplay is not one of them.

Full Review… | September 22, 2002
ReelViews
Top Critic

From opening to closing credits, there isn't a single genuine moment.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Banger Sisters

Watched it once before and was disappointed. Couldn't remember why. Now I do. It's just not very good. Goldie is annoying and her lips are the worst. I also didn't like the ocd guy. Unconvincing characters and waste of a storyline.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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  M♥
♥Robyn M♥

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yea right i saw it cause i thought they were called banger sisters for a reason. guess not.

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