Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Theme Week part 2- Live in the Now!

The Banger Sisters

plot: After Suzette looses the same job she's had as a barmaid for over thirty years, she decides to track down her best friend Vinnie, whom she hasn't seen in over twenty years since their days as rock groupies. Along the way, she picks up Harry, an uptight writer who is set to get revenge on his dead father. The three find themselves dealing with their past, while trying to handle the fact they've gotten older.

This is a 2002 comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon.

One of the main themes in this film is the fine line between growing up and hiding from life.  At first glance, it looks like Suzette just hasn't grown up while Vinnie has; but as the film progresses, you realize that Vinnie hasn't necessarily grown up as much as she has given up.
Both women look at the other and part of them each wants the life the other has created for themselves.

The film deals with the idea of self acceptance, as much as it does finding your own freedom. Accepting that in life you are going to do things you're not always proud of, and being able to get past them.

There is one scene where the two leads are sitting in the basement smoking a joint, looking at a bunch of old photos of rock stars penises. It's a crack up type of moment that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead touches on the lighter side and innocence of the era. It's the first bit of real tension too between the Sarandon character's present and her hidden past.
It asks the question what are you willing to give up of yourself, in order to be who you are truly meant to?

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