Directed by Bob Dolman starring Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush.
Staying way too long at the party, one-time groupie Suzette (Hawn) still tends bar on LA's strip, still gets blitzed and still remembers all the former conquests. Until she gets the sack (from her job) and has to figure out what to do with her life – and how to finance it. So Suzette takes a road trip to her former partner in good times Vinny (Sarandon), who ditched the rock chick baggage 20 years earlier and has now become Lavinia, the wife of a politically ambitious lawyer. At first the motive is monetary, but soon Suzette realises that making peace with Vinny and the past could be the key to both their futures.
Three Oscar winners and roughly the same amount of decent lines between them, 'The Banger Sisters' wastes talent supremely, never drags itself out of the clichés and splutters towards the finish as if its two lead characters had just finished a mudwrestling match with Slipknot. Like one of those memory shivers from the time your mum brought you to a gig aged 14, there's a huge cringe factor watching Hawn and Sarandon go through scenes – including the obligatory dancefloor bonding – which are Hollywood's idea of what good times and loud music are about.
Of the two, Hawn fares the better as the pneumatic misfit, with Sarandon so anonymous that you'll break sweat trying to accept her character once led the wild life. Rush pops up as the bitter writer with whom Hawn hitches a lift, but he just seems to be there to provide time-outs between the ladies and push them towards the very un rock 'n' roll finale. You'd imagine Hawn and Sarandon would know better at their age – but for all the wrong reasons.