A good movie is sometimes hard to find. A good sequel to a good movie is an ever rarer find.
In the early 1990’s, comedian Whoopi Goldberg could do no wrong. In 1992, she starred in Sister Act.
Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer who has lousy taste in men. Witnessing her mobster boyfriend killing an employee, Deloris goes into the witness protection program. Of course Deloris would be hidden in a nunnery. Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith) is not to pleased with her new charge charge, especially when she convinces several of the other nuns to stray to the outside world.
Deloris finds her place in the nunnery when she tries to revitalize the choir. But the revitalization draws the attention of her ex, who is eager to have reunion with Deloris.
This movie is just plain fun. Whoopi Goldberg puts her usual comedic spin on the story. And music never gets old.
A year later, Whoopi and Co returned in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit. Returning to her career as a lounge singer, Deloris is called back to the habit (get it? ;)) when she is called upon by Mother Superior and the nuns. Their attempts to keep a parochial school open are not going well. Deloris’s task is to teach a music class. But the students are resistant and rebellious. Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) has a gift, but her mother refuses to allow Rita to sing. When the chance to win a music competition comes along that could potentially revitalize the school, can Deloris convince the school to let the students sing and more importantly, will Rita’s mother finally recognize her daughter’s gift?
Again, this movie is just plain fun, the music is cool (and very dated, depending on your age) and Whoopi, as she always does, brings her own vision to the character.
I recommend them both.