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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

Gross USA:

$30,307,416

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 »

Goofs

When Vinnie comes to take Ginger to the driving test, Suzette's bra strap is alternately out/in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Suzette: [on seeing Hannah at prom looking sick] Oh god, whats she on?
Jules: Nothing, we just had champange.
Suzette: Don't bullshit me.
Prom Girl: Shes on acid.
Suzette: How long ago did she drop it?
Prom Girl: Two hours maybe?
Suzette: Two hours she's gonna be really messed up, you guys should go.
Jules: Leave her here with you? We don't even know you.
Suzette: I'm a friend of her mother's.
Jules: Yeah, right Hannah's mother.
[...]
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Referenced in Assembling the League (2003) See more »

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Never Say No
Written by John Henry, Wes Boatman
Performed by Bill Cunliffe
Courtesy of Soundstage Music
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A great afternoon romp
22 September 2002 | by SuetheCriticSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie, and all I can say is that many of the critics don't `get it'-this is a fun romp, especially because of the efforts of the extremely gifted actors in it. Sarandon as an "uptight" matron is a hoot. Hawn giggles a bit, but shows us a force of nature as well. And Geoffrey Rush's character is a wondrous "mess."

Basically, a best friends story, with a few twists and turns. Yes, I'd love to see more of a back story on how Vinnie becomes Lavinia and more of the Bangers' `history,' but for an afternoon of memories and joy, this is it.

I really appreciate the central question Bob Dolman seems to be asking.what happened to us? Kids, for those of us living before AIDS changed the sexual revolution and the greed of the '80s turned most of us into yuppies, we were `free-er.' Gee, it's a chick flick. The theatre was filled with women when I saw it, and they were all laughing at the jokes and sighing at common experiences. The Harry Plummer character? Just think about his reaction to Suzette's caring for her friend's child. The scene shows her `real' character, not just the `floozy.'

If you want great meaning and angst, rent a Bergman DVD; for a fun romp, SEE THIS MOVIE!


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