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The Banger Sisters

The Banger Sisters

The Banger Sisters almost makes it.  But rather than becoming a poignant comedy about changes in life as people grow older, it strikes out as it attempts shock comedy.

Susan Sarandon's Lavinia and Goldie Hawn's Suzette are both thirty years beyond their Penny Lane (the groupie or band aid, played by Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson in Almost Famous) youthful excesses.

Lavinia has become mature, respectable, married, a parent and part of her community; she is a typical fifty year old.  Suzette has yet to leave the seventies.  She remains at work in the same cafe where she had passionate relationships with rock stars when she was very actively available to please rock stars.

As the two reunite at Lavinia's wealthy suburban home the relationship which was about so many good loose times doesn't fit Lavinia's present life style.  She has two teen daughters and a respected husband.  The rocky past is something just to forget.  But Suzette gets her out dancing in suggestive clothing and after an evening of partying they share Lavinia's stash of pictures taken thirty years before of particular male body parts.  The effect of the evening and the pictures on the daughters brings new problems and respect for the stuffy conservative mom.

Sarandon's real daughter plays the obnoxious Ginger who can't understand why she was arrested for hitting only one car after driving all around town without a licence.  Erika Christensen (Swimfan) is the other daughter.

The scrip touches on the edges of responsibility and what dreams we give up over time, but a simple minded ending fails to provide the substance needed to fulfill The Banger Sisters' promise.  It does however force us to realize that the least organized of us may be the most stable.

 
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