Movie Review


Sister Act (1992)

Movie Review

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, and Harvey Keitel

Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer at a casino in Reno who got in bed with the wrong man.  Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel) is not only married, but he’s also a mobster.  When she witnesses the murder of a limo driver, she runs for her life so that she can avoid the same fate.  As Vince and his crew pursue her, Deloris flees to a police station where Lieutenant Eddie Souther (Bill Nunn) takes her case.  Souther puts her in a rather unique witness protection program.  Deloris moves into St. Katherine’s convent and becomes Sister Mary Clarence.  There she hides as a nun who wouldn’t know what the inside of a casino looks like.  She brings her “radical” ideas and thoughts on music as a lounge singer to the convent choir and changes everything.  The boring old choir of nuns becomes a modern, trendy choir that can sing some good tunes.  Most at the convent were enamored by Sister Mary Clarence.  Though, the convent’s newest nun did not get along with everyone, particularly the Reverend Mother (Maggie Smith).

While Sister Act is full of clichés and remains overly predictable, there’s still a certain charm to the film that can’t be denied.  A film in which nuns turn popular music from the 60s into church tunes is hard to turn away from.  The tunes at least make you want to tap your feet a little.  Whoopi Goldberg was perfect for the role of Van Cartier, and Maggie Smith is pretty awesome at whatever she does.  Sister Act gets a 0.06% rating.  You can definitely enjoy the film with some beer or wine.  I wouldn’t go too crazy though.  The last thing you should be doing is using a beer bottle as a microphone to sing “My Guy (My God)”.


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