See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

The Banger Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

“I’m a spirit around here! I’m Suzette!”

Suzette (Goldie Hawn) strikes a bold pose, displaying her tattoos and big (fake) breasts while defending her position as bartender at the Whiskey A Go Go to a manager half her age. Not even her claim to fame (Jim Morrison passing out on top of her in the club’s bathroom) can save her job, and she begins to show and feel her age, despite holding onto her ’60s wild-child persona. Suzette is outta luck and outta dough, weeping amid lit candles, fake leopard pillows and old photos of psychedelic, sexually prolific days gone by. Time for a road trip!

Suddenly Suzette has the urge to see her old Banger buddy, Vinnie (Susan Sarandon), in Phoenix, and to maybe ask her for a little spare cash while she’s there. Vinnie, now Lavinia, has rejected her groupie past for the rich, reputable and beige lifestyle of a prominent lawyer’s wife — and, in the process, she’s unwittingly suffocated a part of herself. Whether they yearn for it or not, both Suzette and Lavinia could use a little of what the other has.

Bob Dolman seems to write screenplays all over the place, from the fairy tale-dwarf adventure Willow to Far and Away’s hot-headed and land-hungry Irish immigrants in young America (both directed by Ron Howard). This time he’s directed his own fun-loving script with the high-charisma trio of Hawn, Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush (the sexually and creatively uptight Harry).

Only Goldie could have pulled off Suzette without sagging into “I don’t want to grow up” melodrama. Hawn still surges with “Laugh-In” sex-appeal despite her age, and Sarandon willingly rises to the occasion, shaking her socially perfect world when she opens her oversexed-groupie, customized “rock-cock collection” Pandora’s box.

Unfortunately, the film loses its imaginative bite at the end, when all the ugly loose ends are neatly and unnaturally tied in a Hollywood bow. Still, The Banger Sisters leaves you with a smile and a healthy desire to reignite and reintroduce all those first loves that kick-started us back in the day.

Anita Schmaltz writes about film for Metro Times. Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

More by Anita Schmaltz

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 2, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2020 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation