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Goldberg plays a Reno casino singer who gets in trouble with the mob and hides out disguised as a nun in a teaching convent. Maggie Smith, every twitch and blink in place, plays the mother superior who must cope with Goldberg's high jinks as she energises the convent, its choir, its students, and her own life. And, omigod! The music! You'll want the soundtrack when you've finished watching the movie.
A feel good movie to die for.
The story is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) whose singing career is going straight down the toilet. But that's before the fateful night when Deloris witnesses her married mobster boyfriend, Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), viciously murder an unloyal employee. She then runs to the police, where they ask her to testify against Vince, but she knows he'll come after her when she does. The police then tell her that they can stash her in the safest place on Earth if she testifies--a convent. Deloris reluctantly agrees, but quickly finds that the convent is no place for a loud Reno lounge singer. But just when it can't get any worse, Deloris discovers the horrible, out-of-synch Sunday choir, and soon realizes she was destined to stumble into this convent.
The cast is brilliant; the hilarious Kathy Najimy stars as the bouncy, always-cheerful Sister Mary Patrick; Wendy Makkena as the awfully shy Sister Mary Robert; Mary Wickes as the spunky, wise-cracking Sister Mary Lazarus, and of course, the legendary Maggie Smith as the ever-stern, yet caring, Reverend Mother. And these aren't the only colorful characters; every nun has their own special personality.
And finally, the essential piece of the Sister Act puzzle, music. Every song performed by the sisters will leave you clapping your hands and wanting more. These include "Hail Holy Queen", "My God", and of course, the famous "I Will Follow Him" finale. There are also catchy, modern songs included in the soundtrack, as well. In other words, if you like the movie, you'll like the music.
As for the plot, in my opinion it's very original and interesting.Read more ›
Okay: On its face, if someone gives me the above synopsis and then asks if I would like to see such a flick, they would receive an emphatic "No". (After I've stopped laughing, mind you.) Yet fortunately I did not have any preconceived notions of SISTER ACT when I first rented it years and years ago and brought it home, where my kids just ate it up. This is a movie everyone can sit down and enjoy together; it has such a warm charm and feel-good buzz you'll swear there's some divinity going on. Over the years I've watched this movie on several occasions, and it still entertains and charms my curmudgeonly soul.
Ask John Q. Public which movie Whoopi Goldberg is best known for, and I'll bet the farm he'll tell you SISTER ACT. Goldberg is a hoot in the lead role, because here she can be her characteristic over-the-top, and it works. The supporting cast compliments Goldberg handsomely, from Maggie Smith to Harvey Keitel to a vocally-enhanced Kathy Najimy--but most of all Mary Wickes as a good-natured yet grumpy and crusty Sister Lazarus (she steals, then chews up, every scene she's in). Yes, SISTER ACT is lame, silly, and requires a suspension of disbelief akin to scaling Pike's Peak, but I dare you to watch this movie and not have a smile paste itself on your mug.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
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Gotta love that Whoopi---she's a natural! Will also watch this one again...Published 18 days ago by Phyllis Myers Miller
I love this movie so much and am so glad to have it on DVD to watch over and over. Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith are so great in this, and I love the musical scenes so much... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Ovi Blue
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