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Banger Sisters, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Disagreeable comedy in which two legendary rock 'n' roll groupies from the 1960s, one a down-and-out middle-aged bartender (Goldie Hawn) and the other an uptight socialite ashamed of her past (Susan Sarandon), reconnect after decades, trying to understand each other's now-differing lifestyles. With hackneyed characterizations, writer-director Bob Dolman's clunky, forced narrative is predictable from the start, and the film's suggestion that promiscuity is liberating is more than a bit off-putting. Some sexual encounters and several sexual references, fleeting frontal nudity, a benign depiction of promiscuity, brief drug content and some rough language and profanity. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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