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The Banger Sisters (2002)

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Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after twenty years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative lifestyle.

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Bob Dolman

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Bob Dolman
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Suzette
Susan Sarandon ... Lavinia Kingsley
Geoffrey Rush ... Harry Plummer
Erika Christensen ... Hannah Kingsley
Robin Thomas ... Raymond Kingsley
Eva Amurri Martino ... Ginger Kingsley (as Eva Amurri)
Matthew Carey ... Jules
Andre Ware ... Jake
Adam Tomei Adam Tomei ... Club Owner
Sal Lopez ... Pump Attendant
Kohl Sudduth ... Hotel Clerk
Tinsley Grimes Tinsley Grimes ... Prom Girl
Larry Krask Larry Krask ... Man in Bar
Marlayna Cherisse Marlayna Cherisse ... Young Groupie (as Marlayna Garrett)
Josh Todd ... L.A. Buckcherry Band Member
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Storyline

In West Hollywood, Suzette, now on the far side of middle age, has always been a party girl, leading a life solely for the here and now. When the here and now leads to her without a job, no money and thus no sense of whether her partying life has gotten her anywhere, she decides to go into her distant past to visit in Phoenix an old friend, Vinnie, who she has not seen or talked to in twenty years. In their shared past, Suzette and Vinnie were Los Angeles groupies coined the Banger Sisters for their penchant to sleep with any and all rock musicians who came through Southern California. Suzette does know however that Vinnie's life has changed, she married to Raymond, a lawyer who has political aspirations, the two who have two teenaged daughters. It is in part the reason she decides to visit now well off Vinnie, to see if she will lend her some money. Suzette reconsiders when she finds out just how far Vinnie has changed. She now goes by her full given name Lavinia, and is not only the... Written by Huggo

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Some friendships last forever... like it or not.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Groupies Forever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,037,846, 22 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,307,416, 26 December 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,068,353
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino are mother and daughter, and this is their fourth film together. Amurri can also be seen as the younger version of Lavinia in Suzette's photo collection. See more »

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Harry said he owned a Dodge Duster when he was in Hollywood. The Duster was a Plymouth; the Dodge version was the Demon. See more »

Quotes

Harry: If everything isn't in order... I get... constipated
Suzette: [Looks over her drink] Like I needed to know *that*.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Banger Sisters (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

(Walk Me out in the) Morning Dew
Written by Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose
Performed by Robert Plant
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A refreshing look at friendship and your roots.
3 June 2004 | by MizzDeppSee all my reviews

I didn't expect the movie to be this good, to be quite honest, but it definitely impressed me. Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon make a good team as Suzette and Lavinia. Suzette and Lavinia were known as the "Banger Sisters" when they were teenagers/early twenties (they were groupies). Suzette, who was just fired from her job as a bartender at the beginning of the movie, is still trying to live the groupie life while Lavinia moved to Arizona and has gone on to marry a rich man and have 2 kids. She is basically the "perfect housewife". Suzette decides to visit Lavinia after she's fired and on the way meets a bitter, obsessive-compulsive man named Harry (Geoffrey Rush...I did a double take the second time I saw this movie...after I saw Pirates of the Caribbean...I couldn't believe it was the same man! He had gone from one extreme to the other! In POTC he was a dirty, rotting, crude pirate while in the Banger Sisters he was this immaculate, obsessively clean, almost virginal man!). Well the initial visit with Suzette and Lavinia doesn't go over too well but Lavinia comes back the next day to apologize to Suzette (Lavinia was a tad rude the day before). The movie's about the two women revisiting their past and rekindling their friendship. I like the storyline, it wasn't an overdone one. It wasn't your typical chick flick. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. 8/10.


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