Banger Sisters, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Lavinia (Susan Sarandon) abandoned her immoral groupie lifestyle of the 70s, married a successful Phoenix lawyer and now has two teenage daughters who know nothing about their mothers risqu past. But when former best friend Suzette (Goldie Hawn) appears like a blast of stale air in skin-tight jeans, messy hair and rum-and-coke breath, Lavinia is mortified. Suzette, accompanied by Harry (Geoffrey Rush), a neurotic, hypochondriac bachelor she picked up at a truck stop, eventually wins Lavinia back to her roots and endears herself as the genuine, heart-of-gold loyal friend. With three popular Oscar-winning actors, THE BANGER SISTERS will attract viewers, but its unbelievable characters and sophomoric storyline may send it to video shelves after a short theater run.

Back in their groupie heyday, Lavinia and Suzette earned the nickname, the banger sisters, because they slept with rock musicians, following them from town to town. Lavinia is portrayed as phony and deceitful because she has cast aside her promiscuous lifestyle to become a respectable wife and mother. Dressing like a hippie, bartender Suzette cant let go of the past and loses her job for drinking with the customers. In Phoenix, she rescues Lavinias teenage daughter, Hannah (Erika Christensen), who overdoses on drugs at her high school prom. Later Lavinia catches Hannah and her boyfriend having sex in their swimming pool, and, once again, Suzette defends Hannahs behavior. Later she and Lavinia let loose by going bar-hopping and smoking pot. The family discovers them, high on pot, giggling over nude pictures of their many lovers. Sadly, THE BANGER SISTERS implies that Lavinia is better off reverting to her hippie self and that teenagers experimenting with sex and drugs is part of growing up. Crude sexual humor, almost two dozen obscenities and regular profanities further trash the dialogue. This irresponsible Hollywood attempt to glamorize promiscuous sex and drugs, hopefully, will fade quickly

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Fox Searchlight/ 20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles,CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (11) times Mild 1, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (22) times - S-word 11, f-word 11

Profanity: Many (17) times Regular 4 (G 2, J 2), Exclamatory 17

Violence: None

Sex: Twice (teenagers in pool w/graphic motions; unmarried couple in hotel room - no nudity)

Nudity: Once (side view of nude teenage boy)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (crude remarks about performance/ womens breasts/ genitals and sex acts)

Drugs: Many times (teenager overdoses on drugs, woman drinks heavily, women smoke pot)

Other: Immoral lifestyle condoned, message that experimenting with sex and drugs normal for teenagers

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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