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The Banger Sisters

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

A lame script ruins a potentially good premise.

Movie R 2002 98 minutes
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The considerable pleasures of watching Oscar-winners Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, and Geoffrey Rush displaying all of their combined charm and talent are repeatedly tripped up by a lame script. It wastes not just its stars but also an enticing premise. Hawn is marvelous as Suzette, showings us not just Suzette's spirit but also her vulnerability. She also cares for Vinnie's troubled daughter and we see she's more than a careless party girl.

Sarandon and Rush are also marvelous, giving Vinnie and Harry vastly more interest than the script does. They are so good that the idiotic arbitrariness of the script doesn't leap off the screen the way it should. Some events seem to be thrown into the plot so that characters can react to them and then are just abandoned, and characters completely change their minds for no reason.

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