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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

Last film of Goldie Hawn until Snatched (2017), 15 years later. See more »

Goofs

Comercially viable, easy to use instant cameras, such as the Polaroid, first became available in 1948. Rock singer Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971, at age 27. The movie takes place in 2002. Suzette and Vinny had not seen each other since either 1982 or 1986 (they disagreed as to whether it had been 16 years or 20 years since they had parted ways). Morrison died 11 years before 1982 and 15 years before 1986. But as the Polaroid instant cameras and film went on sale about 1948, it's possible that someone other than Suzette and Vinny had photographed him, either entirely or only specific parts, between the years 1948 and 1971. And nothing was said about the dates or ages of any of those "naughty" quickie shots. See more »

Quotes

Suzette: You're spoiled brats. Okay, what's this?
Ginger: A banana hammock.
Suzette: A banana hammock. Not everybody has one of those.
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Grind Your Mind
Written and Performed by Jonathan Hayes and Chris Nash
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Not Funny At All
6 October 2002 | by jrshelSee all my reviews

No, sorry, didn't work on any level for me. Not funny in any way. The script felt like it as it was written from the male perspective about the way 2 male buddies would act if they had been put in the same situation as Suzette and Vinnie in this film. I am a big fan of both Susan S. and Goldie H. and find that these roles were embarassing for both of them. I thought G. Rush did a great job as did Susan S.'s daughter. But there was very little resolution and very little depth to all the events that took place. Why is it that Suzette is such a positive influence on everyone around her yet can't hang on to a loser job and an apartment? What makes Vinnie decide to finally accept Suzette in her world? What makes Vinnie decide to go back to the way she used to be? What makes Vinnie's family decide to "be true" all of a sudden? What make her husband suddenly accept that the woman he married had personal interaction with all of the genitalia in the rock world? Maybe it will all be explained in "The Return Of The Banger Sisters."


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