The Banger Sisters
Lavinia (Susan Sarandon) abandoned her immoral “groupie” lifestyle of the ‘70s, married a successful Phoenix lawyer and now has two teenage daughters. When her former best friend Suzette (Goldie Hawn) appears like a blast of stale air in skin-tight jeans, messy hair and rum-and-coke breath, Lavinia is mortified. Suzette, accompanied by Harry (Geoffrey Rush), a neurotic, hypochondriac bachelor she picked up at a truck stop, eventually wins Lavinia back to her ‘roots.’ With three popular Oscar-winning actors, “The Banger Sisters” will attract viewers, but its unbelievable characters and sophomoric storyline may quickly send it to the video shelves.
Lavinia and Suzette earned the nickname, “banger sisters” by following and sleeping with rock musicians. Lavinia is portrayed as phony because she cast aside her promiscuous past to become a respectable wife and mother, while Suzette is pictured as more genuine for dressing like a hippie and living in the past. In Phoenix, she rescues Lavinia’s teenage daughter, Hannah (Erika Christensen), who overdoses on drugs at her high school prom. Later Lavinia catches Hannah and her boyfriend having sex in their swimming pool, and, once again, Suzette defends Hannah’s behavior. Later she and Lavinia go bar-hopping, and Lavinia’s family discovers them, high on pot, giggling over nude pictures of their many lovers. “The Banger Sisters” implies that Lavinia is better off reverting to her “hippie” self and that teenagers experimenting with sex and drugs is part of growing up. Crude sexual humor, almost two dozen obscenities and regular profanities further trash the dialogue. This irresponsible Hollywood attempt to glamorize sex and drugs, hopefully, should fade quickly.