Movie Review: The Banger Sisters (2002)

Synopsis: When they were younger, best friends Suzette and Lavinia were a pair of rock groupies nicknamed the Banger Sisters. Twenty years after going their separate ways, an unemployed Suzette travels to Phoenix in an effort to reconnect with Lavinia only to discover her former best friend is now married to an aspiring politician, has two spoiled daughters and, out of fear of people finding out about her past, has no interest in letting Suzette back in her life.

Who's in it? The movie stars Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen and Eva Amurri Martino.

Review: When my wife and I sat down to watch this movie while eating dinner yesterday evening, I was surprised to learn it has been around for 16 years. Her and I watched this film when it first came out on DVD and I could have sworn that was only a couple years ago.

Fortunately, as it turns out, the fact it has been more than a decade since we watched this movie was actually a blessing because I realized I didn't remember anything about it. And, much like the first time we watched it, I enjoyed every minute.

There are two types of movies. There are movies that would be good regardless of who was in the starring role and there are movies that are good because of the stars. This film is the latter. Hawn was very convincing as a middle-aged woman who refuses to let go of her past while Sarandon played the house-wife-in-a-rut role perfectly. Together, they made a great team.

The other thing that helped this film was the supporting cast. I especially liked Rush as a struggling screen writer who was returning to Phoenix to kill his father (with a bit of a surprise twist) before being sidetracked by Suzette. His budding relationship with a woman that seemed to be his complete opposite was much more entertaining than I was expecting it to be.

I also found I loved Lavinia's two daughters (Christensen and Martino) just because there were times when they reminded me a lot of my two daughters. They added some nice comic relief to a movie that could have quickly gotten a little too touchy-feely as the two former friends reconnected. 

Final Opinion: It's not a genre I normally am a fan of. But, this movie has a lot going for it and this is the second time I found myself enjoying it.

My Grade: A


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