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Sister Act 2 - Back in the Habit

Sister Act 2 - Back in the Habit
Starring:
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Mary Wickes, Wendy Makkena, Kathy Najimy and Lauryn Hill


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: December 10, 1993 Released by: Touchstone Pictures

Las Vegas singer Dolores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) dons her habit again to help out Mother Superior (Maggie Smith, who isn't as stern as in the original) by teaching at an inner city high school in San Francisco run by the nuns.

Sister Mary Clarence (Goldberg) steps in front of a classroom filled with kids who would rather be rapping than studying. She tries to pull them together into a choir which doesn't take much doing, since the teens all seem to have hidden musical talent and their biggest behavior problem is a little back-talk (so now you know that there is friction).

The nuns enroll the class into a statewide singing contest when they find out that the money-strapped school is about to close.

The feisty nuns from the original Sister Act are back. Mary Wickes, Wendy Makkena and Kathy Najimy have smaller roles this time around, as the kids take over. The nuns get to strut their stuff in a couple of musical numbers, but most of the singing is done by the teens, and Whoopi has one big Las Vegas production number singing a medley of old Supremes songs that is a lot of fun.

One of the kids in the choir (Lauryn Hill) has a mother who doesn't want her to sing, but she solves her relationship with Mom by belting out a solo in the competition, which makes everything okay between them; if only all of life's problems could be so easily resolved.

The story is predictable and I miss seeing more of the nuns dancing across the screen, but the tale is lighthearted and the characters are lively and fun.

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