The Banger Sisters

Synopsis: In West Hollywood, Suzette, now on the far side of middle age, has always been a party girl, leading a life solely for the here and now. When the here and now leads to her without a job, no money and thus no sense of whether her partying life has gotten her anywhere, she decides to go into her distant past to visit in Phoenix an old friend, Vinnie, who she has not seen or talked to in twenty years. In their shared past, Suzette and Vinnie were Los Angeles groupies coined the Banger Sisters for their penchant to sleep with any and all rock musicians who came through Southern California. Suzette does know however that Vinnie's life has changed, she married to Raymond, a lawyer who has political aspirations, the two who have two teenaged daughters. It is in part the reason she decides to visit now well off Vinnie, to see if she will lend her some money. Suzette reconsiders when she finds out just how far Vinnie has changed. She now goes by her full given name Lavinia, and is not only the
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Bob Dolman
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Freak out!

All's fried! Dried! Cried!


Can you feel it?


I'm telling you, girl,

the manager's gonna fire you.

Hey, it's corporate mentality, Jay.

Come on. He doesn't care

about the history...

of this place.

You called him

a cocksucker, Suzette.

Did I say that?

Hey, I'm a garbage mouth, OK?


Come on up!

Oh, what are you doing?

Don't let him

see you drinking.

He's gunning

for you, Suzette.

I've been drinking

rum and Coke...

since before he was born.

He can go f*** himself.

See that bathroom?

Jim Morrison passed out

in there one night...

with me underneath him.

Jim Morrison is a ghost,

and so are you.

Oh, come on, Matt.

I can't not work here.

You might as well shoot me.

You know,

I just got my car fixed...

I owe rent, I owe money

all over the place.

Come on. Hey.

Come on, seriously.

I'm fun. People love me.

I'm a spirit

around here, man.

You don't want to lose me.

I'm Suzette!

Well, Suzette,

we'll just have to see...

if the club can survive

without you.


What you doing?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5...

6, 7, 8, 9, 10.






There's something wrong

with this pump.

No, the pump is fine.

You have to pay cash.

Oh! Come on, man.

I don't have any cash, OK?

And that machine is broken.

Don't you have one

of those thingies?

You know,

those swipey thingies?




And there is

no excuse for it.

Landed on the back

of my hand and copulated...

2 flies!

On the back of my hand!

It's a terrible,

terrible bus!

Hi. Excuse me.


I just was wondering

if you could help me out.

I'm kind of stranded.

And if I could get a dollar

from each of you...

a dollar

from each one of you...

would really be

helping me out. I...

Uh, well...

I don't normally do this.


OK. Well, all right.

Whatever you can do.

50 cents, 25 cents.

You know, my car's

just sitting out there...

I'm out of gas...

and I'm just trying

to get to Phoenix.


I'll buy you a tank of gas...

if you give me a ride.

First, one fly lands,

then a second fly goes zzzz.

I started freaking.

I mean,

they had sex on my skin.


I hope you get over it.

I washed off the germs.

When I get to Phoenix,

I'll take a bath.

But, you know,

what's it say about human beings?

We do basically

the same thing flies do.

Male fly gets on top

of the female fly...

this... activity happens.

The similarity is depressing.

So, why are you

going to Phoenix?

That I can't divulge.

Oh, I see.

Well, are you allowed

to divulge your name?

Harry Plummer.

Are you a writer,

Harry Plummer?

Is that an old typewriter...

between your legs?

Yes, it is,

and I am a writer...

but I don't want to talk...

about why I'm going

to Phoenix.

Then quit bringing it up.

Why are you going

to Phoenix?

To go see a friend.

She's married

to some rich guy there.

He's a lawyer

or something.

I'm gonna ask her...

if I can borrow some money.

That's a very bad idea.

Why? What is?

To show up unannounced,

ask her for money.

She'll be offended.

She used

to be my best friend.

Used to be? When?

You went to high school


Hey, I don't like you

trying to figure me out. OK?

And by the way,

you've got it all wrong.

We dropped out

of high school...

we were roommates,

and we used to...

Well, we were famous,

if you want to know.

As what?

We were groupies.

If you played L. A...

chances are,

we rattled you, babe.



What those flies did...

on your little hand there.

Like that.

Ever hear of Frank Zappa?


The Mothers of Invention.

Hey, very good, Harry.

Well, he named us.

The Banger Sisters.

But you weren't

really sisters, though.


Well, that's good.

I wouldn't

have been comfortable...

if you were

actually sisters.

You're not

comfortable now, Harry.

I'm fine. I'm just hot.


You look like an eskimo.

And stop nosing

around in my sh*t, OK?

When I show up

at her doorstep...

she's gonna drop everything...

because we're gonna party.

Just sit there

and be a passenger.

Oh, you're gonna look so beautiful.

Why don't I just get

my whole head replaced...

because you've got a picture

of some person, Mom...

and it isn't me.

Hannah, you are going

to be so grateful...

that you listened to me.

I just want my normal hair.

It's not a normal night,


You're resisting.

I'm not resisting. I'm...

You're resisting everything

that I'm saying...

and you are

making yourself unhappy.


shall we back-comb it

or tease it?

No. Not tease.

I'm begging you.

I'd rather just cut it off.

All right.

Then we'll back-comb it...

and pin it and fold it...

and try a little French twist.

Why does it have to go up?

I don't understand

why that is a rule.

So that people can admire...

your earrings, sweetheart.

I'm 50.

Hey, this better be good...

because you just f***ed

with my music.

I'm 50...

and I'm giving myself

a birthday present.

I'll tell you what it is...

but you have to promise

that you won't judge me.

You got to tell somebody...

don't you, Harry?

I grew up in Phoenix.

I went to L.A.

to become a screenwriter.

At age 30,

I gave myself a deadline.

I said,

"If I'm not successful...

by the time I'm 50...

then I'm coming back to Phoenix."

I've never fired a gun in my life.

It's only got one bullet in it.

One bullet intended

for one specific person.

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Bob Dolman

Robert "Bob" Dolman is a Canadian screenwriter, actor, director and producer. His work in television includes SCTV, SCTV Network 90, and WKRP in Cincinnati. more…

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