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The Banger Sisters
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The Banger Sisters

The Banger Sisters (2002) is an American comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox about the reunion of two middle-aged women who used to be friends and groupies when they were young. The movie starred Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush. It was written and directed by Bob Dolman.

Warning: Plot details follow.

When Suzette (Hawn) is fired from her job as waitress in some seedy café in Los Angeles, she decides, on the spur of the moment, to travel all the way to Phoenix, Arizona to see her old friend Vinnie (Sarandon). Stranded at a service station without any money to buy some petrol, she picks up Harry Plummer (Rush), a middle-aged, emotionally challenged author who is on his way to Phoenix to once and for all come to grips with the negative influence his (dead) father has had over his life.

Rush and Hawn

On arriving in Phoenix Suzette has a chance meeting with Vinnie's 18 year-old daughter Hannah (Erika Christensen) who, after some recreational drug use, passes out in Harry's hotel room. When she drives her back to her parents' elegant suburban home Suzette at first cannot believe what she sees: Vinnie, who now calls herself Lavinia Kingsley, leads the life of the perfect wife and mother -- a life which at one point prompts one of her daughters to ask Suzette, "Did she ever do anything wrong?" Raymond, Vinnie's lawyer husband and an aspiring politician, has no idea about his wife's past either.

However, Suzette's sudden appearance brings back all those memories for Lavinia. Down in the basement she retrieves some of the memorabilia of their previous life as groupies, including a collection of Polaroids of the private parts of numerous "musicians and a few roadies". She cuts her hair and throws off her expensive but boring clothes and, just for one night, relives the old days by going dancing with Suzette. In the end, both her husband and her two daughters have understood that Lavinia is only human after all. In her graduation speech, Hannah speaks out against anything that is "fake" and urges her schoolmates, teachers and the parents present to "do it true".

Hawn, Sarandon, Eva Amurri, Robin Thomas (from left to right)

On the following day, Suzette returns to Los Angeles together with Harry, who has come to consider her his muse.

See also: List of movies - List of actors - List of directors - List of documentaries - List of Hollywood movie studios

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