Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon light up the screen in The Banger Sisters, the hilarious, heartwarming tale of two best friends and former groupies who haven’t seen each other in more than 20 years.
The actresses complement each other beautifully. Goldie Hawn, like her daughter Kate Hudson, possesses a magical glow. At 50-something, her character is the wild one, still living the life of a reckless, feel-good party gal.
Sarandon’s character, however, is completely different. Her rock ‘n’ roll escapades are something of the past. With two teenage daughters, her life is all about the perfect family and being a respectable pillar in the community. Rows of impeccable beige suits line her closet. Her lavish home in an upscale Phoenix neighborhood is a landscaped masterpiece, complete with an enormous waterfall-pool in the backyard.
With long, flowing blonde curls, her famous giggle and an out-of-this-world push-up bra, Hawn’s character reunites with Sarandon’s uptight portrayal.
At first, Sarandon wants to deny her groupie roots. The most important thing on her mind is preparing for her oldest daugher’s high school graduation. When Sarandon invites her old friend over for dinner, the family can hardly believe their eyes. How is it possible these two women were ever friends?
A night on the town reminds Sarandon of who she used to be. During the wildly amusing raw scenes, the audience goes back in time to the girls’ groupie days with Sarandon and Hawn decked out in shiny skin-tight pants and sexy tops.
Adding a unique twist to the story, Geoffrey Rush stars as a paranoid writer who tags along for the ride. While his character may not be directly involved in the Banger Sisters’ friendship, Rush teaches Hawn more than she might realize about life and love. And, of course, she rocks his world.
Brains, beauty and stardom. After all these years, Hawn and Sarandon still have what it takes to captivate an audience. While Kate Hudson might be the It Girl from my generation, these leading ladies surpass audience expectations.
The Banger Sisters reflects the Band-Aids of Almost Famous, all grown up. Don’t miss their journey to balance the past and the present. Showtimes at the Starlight Theater are Monday through Friday, 4:20 p.m, 7 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday early matinees start at 1:50 p.m.