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The Banger Sisters (2002)

  Starring: Eva Amurri, Erika Christensen, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon
Links: The Banger Sisters on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Caution: contains footage of Susan Sarandon dancing" - a review by pearly

"Is it just me, or are movies getting worse?"
"Ehhh, they're about the same."

[sarcasm on]Ooooh, a movie with Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon, sounds delightful![sarcasm off] This was my first thought when I won free tickets to see The Banger Sisters. But I'm not one to pass up a free movie, no matter how much the thought of it turns me off (and, in this case, even though the thought turned me off a fair bit, I was of the opinion that it would be worth seeing because Geoffrey Rush is in it).

The Banger Sisters is about a coupla gals, who are not actually sisters, but who were roomies in college. Suzette (Hawn) is the free-spirited one - the one who decided to never grow out of the pair's rockin' ways. Lavinia (Sarandon) is married, has two nearly-grown-up girls, and a closet that consists only of beige outfits. The two have been out of contact for about 20 years, but when Suzette loses her job and runs into money problems, she decides to hunt down Vinnie.

Watching these two muttons dressed as lamb will certainly not be everyone's idea of a good time. Some of the outfits are downright distressing. But what The Banger Sisters is about is getting to know yourself and the people around you, and not being ashamed of yourself, who you are or were, and just living life to the fullest. It's one of those types of movies which tries to teach its audience something, under the guise of it being a bit of a romp in the park.

Hawn is truly a relaxed person. Her energy and lack of concern show on screen, meaning she is pretty well suited to play the character that she does. Sarandon, on the other hand, is pretty good at acting as though she's got a pole up her bum (she even seems to have this when her character is meant to have mellowed out). Rush plays an interesting character (unsurprisingly for me, the most interesting in the film) - a depressed obsessive-compulsive type man named Harry, who hitches a lift with Suzette and winds up being far more involved in her life than he would have initially liked. He plays it quite reservedly, not really hogging up any screen time for himself, but still manages to show the others up in a few places.

Lavinia's daughters are played by Erika Christensen, who is great, and Eva Amurri, who happens to be Sarandon's daughter (I wonder how she got the part?). The Bangers Sisters really is a chick flick, and probably more recommended for an adult audience than anyone else. It's a lot of fun, but it falls into the trap of trying too hard to end with everyone having learnt something, and everyone happy with their own personal outcome. And did I mention that the tight pants have left me with nightmares?

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 19 Dec 2002

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