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MOVIE REVIEW: The Banger Sisters
These Sisters know how to rock

The Banger Sisters
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen, Eva Amurri
Directed by: Bob Dolman



By Megan Pasche
Gazette Writer

Robert Zuckertman/Searchlight Pictures

The Banger Sisters is a lighthearted, fun movie about two women and their former lives as groupies.

Goldie Hawn is Suzette, a crazy, free spirited gal, who is still as lively as she was in her youth. Susan Sarandon stars as Vinnie, a loving wife, mother and pillar of the community.

When Suzette loses her job as a bartender at a Sunset Strip club, she decides to head to Arizona and find her best friend from 20 years ago.

On the way, she picks up Harry (Geoffrey Rush), a neurotic screenwriter who is travelling home to kill his father (just nod and smile). When Suzette arrives at Vinnie's picturesque house, she finds Vinnie is living the ideal life. Vinnie has everything Suzette is lacking: a husband, kids – a family.

Suzette quickly realizes that Vinnie just wants to forget her past; she has it all tucked away in a little box in the basement. Vinnie, over the course of 20 years, has been swept up in a sea of beige suits and has lost herself.

What follows is the reunion of two women who used to be the best of friends. Vinnie realizes that however much she tries to ignore it, she misses what once was. The two friends quickly learn that you cannot live in the past, nor can you hide from it.

Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon work extremely well together in this film. Hawn simply shines – she makes her character come alive and viewers cannot help falling in love with her.

One of the funniest and most memorable scenes in The Banger Sisters is when Hawn and Sarandon break out their "Rock Cock" collection. This scene makes it clear as to why, as Suzette explains, "Frank Zappa named us The Banger Sisters."

Some of the characters in this movie seem somewhat out of place, making you wish the story would just revert back to Suzette and Vinnie. These include Vinnie's spoiled daughters, Ginger (Eva Amurri) – actually Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter – and Hannah (Erika Christensen).

Between Ginger's disgusting throat noises and Hannah's rebellion against her perfect mother, viewers can be thankful that the amount of time the film spends on them is relatively brief.

Rush's character seems to be merely included to prove how much effect Suzette can have on a person's life – she is bright and caring and seems to leave a lasting impression on everyone she meets. In addition to helping Harry get his life back together, Suzette also teaches Vinnie it's impossible to hide from who you truly are and the importance of being happy regardless.

The Banger Sisters lacks real depth, but who cares? It provides lots of good laughs, and allows us to see Goldie Hawn in one of her most brilliant roles ever.

For those who have seen the film Almost Famous, just think of The Banger Sisters as a glimpse at what Penny Lane's (Kate Hudson – Goldie Hawn's daughter) life would be like 20 years after her "band aid" days.

If you're looking for a movie that doesn't require a lot of thought and will make you smile, The Banger Sisters is a good choice. The movie has energy, it has spunk – and God – those ladies look good for 50-year-olds.

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