Sister Act / Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Blu-ray Review
I’m pretty sure everyone has a handful of films that they associate with their childhood that hold a special place in their heart whether they were bad films or not. Oddly enough, SISTER ACT is one of those films for me. This film seemed to be one of those movies my mother, sister and I could always agree upon when we wanted to have something on in the background. SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT didn’t hold the same status as the first film, but I have a very distinct memory of seeing that movie at the Glenwood Theater in a packed house of 600 people. These nostalgic feelings are hard to let go of when re-watching movies and this time was no different. SISTER ACT and SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT weren’t as cinematically good upon re-viewing, but I still got that warm fuzzy feeling when I was singing along with the nuns.
Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer in Reno who is dating a sleezy guy (Harvey Keitel) who happens to be involved in organized crime. When she accidently sees her boyfriend murder someone she runs to the police and is put into a witness protection program, which lands Deloris in a little convent in the bad part of town. While in the convent, Deloris (who is now Sister Mary Clarence) is given the task of heading up the awful choir. Sister Mary Clarence of course turns these sassy nuns into the greatest singing sensation and finds that she’s actually become friends with the women.
SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT finds Sister Mary Clarence back helping the nuns save a school that is about to be shut down. With the help of Mary Clarence the music class turns into a choir and wins the state championship, thus saving the school. That may seem like a spoiler, but this is a Disney film so you knew it was going to have a happy ending.
Though SISTER ACT 1 & 2 are predictable and syrupy sweet, there’s still something about these films that will put a smile on your face. With great supporting performances from Maggie Smith and Kathy Najimy, the first film will really warm your heart. The second film is a little tougher to get through, but that’s probably because it focuses on surly teenagers who just get annoying after awhile. SISTER ACT 2 gave the world one of the first looks at The Fugees singer Lauryn Hill who was the head annoying teenager. Even though her acting was decent it was hard to get past the scowl she had on her face for the entire film, it was what my mom refers to as the “I smell pee look”. Not the most attractive look on anyone. However, the musical acts in SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT are almost as good as the acts in the first and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be humming one of the tunes from the movie long after it’s over.
SISTER ACT and SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT probably isn’t one of those films that I would recommend for anyone in 2012, but it was nice to see the movies come to Blu-ray because I know that when I need a pick me up and am missing my mom I can just pop that film in and be transported back home.
Video: These films were from the early 1990’s and boy do they look fantastic. One of the better transfers out there.
Audio: Equally well done which was nice during the choir performances.
Inside Sister Act (12:58): A short making of featurette that only focused on the first film.
Lady Soul Music Video (4:02)