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The Banger Sisters (2002)

Susan Sarandon , Goldie Hawn , Bob Dolman  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen, Robin Thomas Grossman
  • Directors: Bob Dolman
  • Writers: Bob Dolman
  • Producers: David L. Bushell, Elizabeth Cantillon, Mark Johnson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLNZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Banger Sisters" on IMDb

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Goldie Hawn & Susan Sarandon are two former rock groupies who reunite.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little gem of a film.... September 23, 2002
Many critics have already not been kind to "The Banger Sisters". Perhaps they didn't like "First Wives' Club" either, but that film has become a Goldie Hawn classic. And "Banger Sisters" has all the same elements that will make this a screen and DVD favorite, as well.
The key to Hawn's success has always been successful partnering with other actors and actresses that act as a catlyst for her charm. In this film, she's fortunate to work with Susan Sarandon, perhaps even better with Goldie than the combination of Diane Keaton-Bette Midler. Sarandon's character is a little bit of both. The comedy is gentle and the message has both women, in their late forties, go in search of what has been missing from their adult lives. They have a crazy camaraderie that was born of shared experiences as rock groupies in the late 60's and early 70's, when sex and drugs were plentiful. Hawn's character, Suzette, has continued to live the experience, and the film opens with a scene of her being fired from her job as a bartender.
Sarandon's character (Vinnie, now Lavinia), took a different road when she split from Suzette, and she's now the successful wife of a wealthy man with political aspirations in Phoenix. Lavinia's devoted herself to the care and raising of her two daughters, and is dismayed, at first, when Suzette shows up. She's never confided her wild teenage experiences to husband or daughters, and they're frankly shocked at her choice of friends, and the influence Suzette seems to have over her. The contrast is best expressed when Vinnie realizes her whole life, like her perfectly kept and coordinated wardrobe, has been "beige".
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Funny September 21, 2002
Suzette (Goldie Hawn) used to be one half of the infamous "Banger Sisters", a pair of man-hungry groupies who slept with the likes of Jim Morrison and Kieth Richards. Now she's just lost her job as Bartender at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, and being broke, decides to go hit up Vinnie, the other half of the Bangers (Susan Sarandon), whom she hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years, for a loan. Suzette knows Vinnie is married to a Lawyer and living in Arizone, but she doesn't know that Vinnie is now Lavinia, the straight-arrow wife, and mother of two.....and although Suzette was Vinnie's best pal, Lavinia isn't going to be too thrilled to see her wild past come strolling into her perfect present.
The movie is cute and funny, but the real reason too see it is the performances of Hawn and Sarandon. The chemistry between them is great. Goldie is as cute and sexy as ever, and it's pretty ironic that she's basically playing the grown-up version of her daughter Kate Hudson's character in Almost Famous. Geoffrey Rush is great fun as a neurotic who gets swept up into Suzette's crazy life. The Banger Sisters ain't exactly Citizen Kane, but it was a fun way to spend a few hours.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Goldie and Susane are the Movie! September 22, 2002
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THE BANGER SISTERS is a movie that has a lot of mixed emotions about it. Goldie Hawn (Town & Country, Out-Of Towners) plays a character that is so far from her normal persona that it almost didn't work. But by the end you realize that Goldie is the cornerstone for many of the characters in the film. Primarily that of the talented Susan Sarandon (Cradle Will Rock, Cat's and Dogs) who transformation and power shift really is believable.
The film is directed by Bob Dolman (writer of Far and Away, Willow ) who takes a while to get the story moving but once the two ladies get their characters in gear - it picks up,. Some wonderful performances by Susan's oldest daughter played by Erika Christianson (Swim Fan, Traffic) and her husband played by Robin Thomas (Clockstoppers, Bullworth) and the their contrast in understanding what their lives are really about.
Basically it's the story of a two women who were wild and crazy with sex and rock'n'roll in their youth having been separated as time does to everyone and then meeting again twenty years later. Goldie is Suzette a broken down woman who lives the life of a Bar tender in Hollywood and Susan plays Lavine a house wife with a great home, children, family and money. They meet again and realize what they meant to each other and who they really are. There is a standout surprise performance by Geoffrey Rush (Quills, Shakespeare In Love) as a writer with an issue. Again Goldie guides her way in and out of his life for an almost believable storybook ending.
I enjoyed this movie. Nothing really special, but its heart is in the right place! (9-22-02)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Cast Trudges Through Hollywood ... September 22, 2002
A golden premise and a good cast are not enough to reclaim this movie from such a hollow script. Ultimately, this may be worth renting, but as an evening out you may be disappointed, as this offers surprisingly few laughs and not very good drama.
Goldie Hawn plays a bubbly bartender at L.A.'s Whisky-a-Gogo who, back in the sixties, was one of two legendary groupies dubbed (by Frank Zappa, no less) as "the Banger Sisters." When Suzette finds herself hired by the young management, she jumps in her car and drives to Arizona to catch up with her fellow Banger, who has gone completely straight, has a wealthy lawyer husband and a perfect suburban life, and does not welcome the living reminder of her wild past.
All kinds of dramatic possibilities are botched. Susan Sarandon, as "Vinnie"-"Lavinia," does her best to make some sense but there's not much there. Her transformation consists of a mysterious comment about Jim Morrison, and an unmotivated food fight. "I lost me," she says, but there is no glimpse of what that is, or how she reconciles it with the life she has now. The family complains that their life has been ruined, when nothing seems to have happened. And Sarandon is condemned to do meaningful things with her eyes at the end, when it is not clear how she or her family has changed. (Except for her haircut, that is.) Her best scene is when she is surprised at a compromising moment by her family, and is struggling to keep her mature-mom mask on despite the hilarity that is breaking through; at last, life! Real human behavior!
Nothing is done with the character of the husband, and that is a terrible mistake. Also, we are cheated because we do not get to see the hilarious teenage daughters forced to re-evaluate her mom and realize she's "cool.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this movie
This is a fantastic movie! I'm so glad I was able to find this movie. I love Susan Sarandon's daughter(which is also her real life daughter) in this movie. She's hilarious. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mandy D
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
For all of those women who grew up in my era and managed to come out of it as soccer moms, this is a great movie. It helped me remember what fun it was to be bright and blingy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia S Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie...love Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon!
Great movie about enduring friendship and how people change due to circumstances, Strong adult themes and language, but I really enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by PenguinPlace
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Great Movie, Hate the I have to write a frick'n book to reveiw this! Not for kids, Great chemistry and story. Goldi and Sharon where Funny as the other cast!
Published 3 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Banger sisters
A great chick flick,love those girls.The laughs just keep on coming.Jeffrey rush plays a small role but is brilliant.Perfect picture!
Published 3 months ago by Myron Szczukowski, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sister Power!
You don't get to see Girl "Buddy Movies" very often. This nails it. Two friends go off 180 degrees from their original friendship but discover when the chips are down,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zendancer K.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Goldie!
Funny, entertaining, my Mom and I both love this movie. It's not "hilariously heartwarming", it's just hilarious! Read more
Published 4 months ago by zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!!
Wonderful movie about love, acceptance, honesty and never being too old to have fun! A must see movie for any fun-loving, free spirit!!
Published 4 months ago by Nichole McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie I've ever loved!
I know this isn't the best movie ever made, in fact it's probably rated pretty low but I like it! Guess you have to have been through the 60s...
Published 4 months ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comedy
The comments of the reviewers are pretty funny, yes, this is a typical Goldie Hawn film. Yes, she isn't any different in 'The Banger Sisters' than in her other comedy films but do... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Babe
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