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The Banger Sisters (PG-13)
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Official Site
Director: Bob Dolman
Producers: Mark Johnson, Elizabeth Cantillon
Written by: Bob Dolman
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen, Eva Amurri

Rating:


The story line has definite potential—two groupies reunite and cope with their changed/unchanged personalities after 30-plus years apart. Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn team up on screen for the first time. Both are high-caliber actresses, each having their own heydays, Goldie Hawn in the ’80s and Susan Sarandon in the ’90s. Geoffrey Rush, who made his Hollywood debut in Shine (1996), always imbues his characters with an appropriate mixture of menace, tenderness and comedy. The presence of writer-director Bob Dolman, who penned the successful movies Willow and Far And Away, leads one to believe this script should be equally as good. All of the ingredients seem like a recipe for success, right?

Wrong! The Hollywood movie-making machine churns out another faulty clunker that sputters its way from start to finish. What this movie should have been was a low-budget, gritty reunion of friends, but it played out like a bloated, caramelized episode of “Three’s Company.”

Goldie Hawn, sporting a bad, in-and-out Janis Joplin rasp, plays Suzette, a down on her luck bartender stuck in the past, who seeks out her old fellow “band-aid,” Lavinia (Sarandon). Lavinia over the years has transformed into a straight-laced PTA mom. While on the road, Suzette picks up Harry (Rush, who plays a caricature of a hypochondriac that is annoyingly uninteresting).

There are brief moments in the movie that just didn’t fit the pristine, Disney-like quality of the film. These scenes, if elaborated, would have made a better movie. One scene where Lavinia and Suzette smoke up and start looking through their old collection of the penis photos they took of all the rock stars they banged was genius. But it still lacked any of the edge or bite needed to really work. Don’t waste your money on this one.

—Jennifer Prestigiacomo

 

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