The Doors Commemorated in The Banger Sisters

The Doors Commemorated in The Banger Sisters

Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon are two of my all-time favorite actresses. Throw in one of my favorite actors, Geoffrey Rush, and you’ve got The Banger Sisters, a movie about two ex-groupies who kept pictures of all the singers they’d slept with over the years. With that kind of cast, you might think it was a stellar film, but it really didn’t go over a C level cute movie.

Still, if you enjoy the two actresses and the idea of keeping a record of “rock cocks” appeals to you, you might want to watch it. Goldie Hawn was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film; her role is probably the best in the movie, and her relationship with Rush’s anal retentive character is adorable, as well as darkly hilarious.

A central theme of the film is the relationship the two had with Jim Morrison, particularly Sarandon’s character. Though she is a proper woman of the community when the film begins, Sarandon’s past intrigues her daughters, and they discover that she was the inspiration for some of his music. In one scene, she tells a bouncer that one night Jim Morrison passed out on top of her in the club’s bathroom. When one daughter makes the mistake of referring to him as “Van Morrison,” it is the ultimate insult.

While I agree with others that the romanticism associated with the tragedies that surround The Doors is a bit odd—after all, there were plenty of bands before them, and plenty after, who suffered death, suicide, plan crashes, and other tragedies—I have to agree with the idea of being a groupie who inspired Jim Morrison as being a pretty darn appealing one. The man was a fox—and I suspect that’s one major reason why the band’s loss is such a romanticized piece of culture.