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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1993 / Director: Bill Duke / Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, James Coburn ... / DVD released 15 June, 2006 at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      21.03.2010 02:52
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      Sister Act : Back in the habit

      Set one year after hiding out at the nunnery Delores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) gets a visit from her old friends sister Mary Roberts (Wendy Makkena) and sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) they tell her that Mother Superior (Maggie Smith) wishes that she would come and see her.

      After taking some time off of work she decides to go back to the nunnery to see what she wants, she is immediately rushed into her office so that no one else spots her and she finds out what all the fuss it about.

      She finds out that the nuns are now working at the local school as teachers and the school is falling apart. The school is too broke for books and the school is facing closure and they want her to help save it. They ask her to become a nun again and teach music and she accepts.

      With no money for books and instruments she finds it really hard to find a way to teach them until she discovers that some of them can sing, she soon starts her usual routine and makes a choir out of the class.

      This class also has some famous faces with Lauren hill as Rita, Ryan Tobey as Ahmal James and also including Jennifer Love Hewitt.

      With the school not facing definate closure at the end of the term they try all they can to save the school, they decide to enter the choir into the all state choir competiton and raise the money for them to get there. Will they win? Will the school stay open?

      I really enjoyed this film, alot more so than the original sister act. I love the music in this film, with some of it not being so religious and more original Motown.

      I love the way that Delores Van Cartier saves the day again, its life they are lost without her. I must admitt that i think Whoopi Goldberg is amazing as this character and really makes me laugh. Nothing feels forced not the acting or the relationships with the other members of the cast.

      I also love that this film also features men, and the way that they are percieved as old and a little bit dopey or goody goody.

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      29.12.2009 19:51
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      Sister Act 2 : Back in the Habit is the sequel to Sister Act, in which Whoopi Goldberg starred as a Las Vegas headline act who had witnessed her boyfriends involvement in crime and went into hiding in a nunnery, disguised as Sister Mary Clarence. Comedy capers ensued as this strong willed woman struggled against the rules of the convent, and turned around the convents rubbish choir, and the required happy ending was provided.

      One year later, and Deloris Van Cartier gets a call from the Mother Superior asking her to get back into the habit and back into her Sister Mary Clarence character . This time, the nuns need her help in the local school, a grotty run down place full of struggling kids at risk of falling through the gaps . In particular, they want her to teach a music class - despite the school being too poor to afford books or even instruments. The class initially rebel against the changes to their class, but soon Sister Mary Clarence teaches them to use the one instrument that doesn't cost anything - their voices . She decides to form a choir - and they are good, so good in fact that some of the other nuns decided to enter them into an All State choir competition .

      However, things look set to jeapordise this scheme - the school is broke and on the brink of closure, and the star singer Ritas mum doesn't want her daughter wasting any time on music. Will the choir get to sing in the competition ? Will Rita be with them ? And will the school be forced to close, or can a miracle save them .

      I love this film. For a start, I think in benefits from some remarkable casting - oh yes, Whoopi Goldberg was , naturally, excellent , but this film was the launchpad for some great future careers . Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, and the amazing Ryan Toby all starred in this film, demonstrating some excellent acting and vocal skills, especially Ryan Toby, playing Ahmal James, the shy, squeaky clean kid who performs a wonderful rendition of 'Oh Happy Day'.

      Lauryn Hill was excellent as Rita the teenager with the negative attitude, but a love of music, and, like Toby, she had some excellent solo vocals in the film .

      The film is lighthearted and fast paced, helped along with a brilliant soul music soundtrack. - Dancing in the Street, Aint no mountain high enough, Stop! In the name of love and many more, all adapted and sung wonderfully by the nuns and the kids .

      Naturally, there are a few small comic capers here , but the main story is heartwarming - with a good message that only by working hard can you get to where you want to be . I've watched this many times, and enjoyed it every time, singing along and generally having fun watching it .

      This can be purchased along with the original Sister Act film on a double DVD from amazon.co.uk for £4.98, and I think that is excellent value for money .

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        30.07.2009 11:21
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        Better than Sister Act

        Sister Act 2 - Back in the habit was released in 1993 and distributed by Touchstone Pictures. Although the sequel wasn't as popular as Sister Act, it did make nearly $100 million worldwide. Sister Act 2 is rated PG and runs for 103 minutes.

        The Sisters from the first movie take a trip to visit Deloris in Las Vegas who now stars in her own musical about her previous adventures in the convent. The Sisters are now teachers at St Francis Academy, which also happens to be Deloris's old school. The school is in danger and the Sisters need Deloris's help.

        Deloris soon finds herself back in the habit (hence the film name) and at her old school as a teacher as Sister Mary Clarence. As soon as she steps into her classroom and meets the music students, she wants to leave immediately. The students give Deloris hell and try everything to make her leave but she's determined to make this work. As soon as she learns that her class can actually sing, Deloris decides to turn them into a choir as she had so much success doing that before. One of the best singers in the class is some what of a troubled teenager who's mother doesn't want her to sing because she thinks it's a waste of time. Will Deloris be able to save the school and get her star singer back in the process?

        Cast
        Deloris - Whoopi Goldberg
        Sister Mary Patrick - Kathy Najimy
        Sister Mary Robert - Wendy Makkena
        Sister Mary Lazarus - Mary Wickes
        Mother Superior - Maggie Smith
        Rita Watson - Lauryn Hill

        I absolutely love musicals and this is one of my all time favourites. I'm surprised it didn't do as well as the first film because I thought it was a lot better and appealed to a wider audience. The characters alone make this more suitable for a teenage audience although I know a lot of adults that also love this film.

        Whoopi Goldberg is fantastic as always. She's very able to play serious when she needs to but is much better at the funny lines. Deloris's character is really funny and a little eccentric at times. I love watching the ways Deloris has to deal with all the problems that get thrown at her when she doesn't think she can handle it.

        Rita, played by Lauryn Hill was one of my favourite characters. She's very popular with her friends and is very quick when it comes to the insults and come backs. Lauryn Hill really made it easy to feel sorry for Rita and makes us hope that she gets her happy ending. She is also an amazing singer and she was perfect for this role that showcased her talents really well.

        Of course, the music plays a major part in this film, just as much as it did in the first film. Although the music in Sister Act is great, the twist that Sister Act 2 put on gospel music was even better. The characters give the music a great hip hop kick to it and don't make it seem as boring and unfashionable for the audience. All the students are really good singers and for the most part, I think they really make the film what it is.

        The story is interesting but pretty predictable most of the way through. The standard of acting and music is really high and the casting was perfect. Sister Act 2 is a great family film with laughs the whole way through.

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          18.04.2009 13:52
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          The sequel to Sister Act !

          After being absolutely obsessed with the first one, i just had to get hold of Sister Act 2 and watch it. You had never seen anyone so excited in your life. Starring the wonderful Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill, Kathy Najimy, Barnard Hughes, James Coburn, Wendy Makkena, Maggie Smith and that's just naming a few. This film was released in 1993 and is a certificate: PG and runs for Approx 107 mins. The film was directed by Bill Duke and Produced by Dawn Steel and Scott Rudin.

          It seems Deloris Van Cartier is back to her old routes again - singing. Only this time shes upgraded to a lounge bar in Las Vegas. Whilst performing some of her songs Deloris notices her nun friends Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Robert sitting at a table and gives them a shout out. After the show the nuns inform Deloris that they have been sent to her by Mother Superior as they are in need of desperate help. The nuns are now teaching at Saint Francis High School and to say the kids are out of control is an understatement and therefore need Deloris's help.

          Deloris agrees to meet with the Mother Superior, unaware of what she was letting herself in for. When the Superior makes it clear she needs Deloris to teach the children in a music class, she is less than impress, but after a slight blackmail remark Deloris agrees to help, for what she thinks will be 1 week. The headmaster of the school is Mr Crisp played by James Coburn and due to the financial problems, wants that school to shut down and the nuns fight against him.

          Deloris soons finds herself back in the 'penquin' outfit and back 'posing' as a nun and once again, becomes Sister Mary Clarence, something she thought she had shaken off. She takes one step into the music room and comes straight back out. The Teens play Mary Clarence like a violin, once back inside she tries to calm the class down and ends up scraping her nails along the board to shut them up. ( I never could stand that). The kids inform Deloris this is a 'bird course' ''Because we're fly right through it' to which to she replies with 'If you wanna be somebody, and you want to go somewhere, you better sit up and pay attention' After hours of having her class doing the basic scales of 'La La La' she likes the sounds of their voices and shocks the hell out of them by insisting they become a choir.

          Watching the film you get a lovely warm feeling as you see the teens go from outrageous kids who cannot behave to sensisble young adults who want to become something. They all end up bonding really well and surprisingly - singing really well. Like the first Sister Act, there is alot of classic moments in here. I find the chemistry between Mary Clarence and Rita louise Watson really touching, as Rita isnt really a trusting person and it takes Mary Clarence a long time to take her barriers down. It helps the bond between Whoopi and Lauren Hill was fantastic.

          With Sister Mary Lazarus failing to make this choir work, and a few people expecting them to fail, will Sister Mary Clarence make this choir a hit ?

          The sisters do decide on taking their choir to Hollywood for an all-state festival. In which Sister Mary Clarence had to raise the money herself for, to take their choir on the trip. With her talent, wit and humour she raises the money and away they go. But things don't run as smoothly as Deloris would like when Mr Crisp spots a picture of Deloris in a magazine. Mr Crisp and his cronies quickly make their way over to Hollywood to stop the choir taking part in the competition. Mr Crisp catches up with Mary Patrick & Mary Robert and tells them that Mary Clarence is actually 'Sister Mary Fake' little does he know that the sisters already knew this. Will Mr Crisp get to the choirand dash all their hopes and dreams ?

          There are lots of highlights in this film, lots of comedy moments just like the first one. The storylines and script are amazing. Sister Mary Patrick still has the ability to have you in stitches, and the not so quiet Mary Robert coming into her own. The musical side of this film is really entertaining, the 'Oh Happy Day' performance is a touching scene. The acting throughout is amazing. The funny humour, the wit, the talent, the chemistry and bonding between the actors is wonderful.

          I recommend this film to you. It would help if you have seen and got the first Sister Act so you could follow this one. It's an enjoyable movie, the light hearted humour and entertainment to suit all ages. You won't be disappointed with this film i guarantee.

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            31.07.2008 21:29
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            good but not great

            Sister Act 2 not the best sequel and not the worst!
            Having watched this film on TV alot of times on the SKY move channels. I can say this film doesn't dissapoint its a very lively film with great songs and great casting!
            We have the original nuns from the first film..but! We only see the nuns for a very short while. The film really only focuses on 5 nuns from the first film. That annoyed me a bit.
            Though this film doesnt have anything on the first film.
            It still is a great ride for the Family.
            You should go out and buy it. Although i do not own this on dvd (I have it on VHS) I will upgrade in the future! But i recommend buying this film in a boxset with the first.
            You have to see the first film to really understand this one.
            Anyway it is a great film and not very exspensive to buy, So get ya pennys out guys and spend =]

            Thankyou
            STEVE

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              20.07.2008 16:36
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              A fantastic film for boosting any mood

              I bought this film when I replaced my old Sister Act VHS with the DVD and found it was going to cost me £5 to purchase the Sister Act DVD on its own or £6 to purchase it in a pack with Sister Act 2. I'm glad however that I did purchase this film as I really enjoyed watching it and have since watched it a couple more times.

              This film sees Delores Van Cartier back in the habit once again. This time after her convent friends come to visit her at one of her shows to request her help. The sisters of St Katherine's are now teachers at a school full of rather unruly children. Reluctantly Delores agrees to return to her position as Sister Mary Clarence and promises to try her best.

              The class she is given, the music class, however prove far more difficult that she could ever have imagined. The class is full of very strong-headed and often arrogant teenagers that see the music class as a chance to do exactly what they want. This causes Delores to seriously consider leaving. That is however until she overhears those in charge of the school discussing how the school will be closed down at the end of the semester.

              This fuels Delores as well as Sister Mary Patrick, Sister Mary Robert and Mother Superior to do all they can to stop the school from closure. Their plan is to empower the children to work together as a group and in doing so accept responsibility for their own futures. Their task to form a choir with the ability to win the state championship and maybe if they can they can save the school.

              CAST
              Delores Van Cartier (Sister Mary Clarence) - Whoopi Goldberg
              Sister Mary Patrick - Kathy Najimy
              Sister Mary Robert - Wendy Makkena
              Mother Superior - Maggie Smith
              Rita Louise Watson - Lauryn Hill
              Westley Glen James - Ryan Toby
              And many, many others

              I really love this film and feel it is more than a worthy sequel to the exceptionally popular Sister Act. The characters are just as colourful and still have the ability to make you laugh. Sister Mary Patrick's incessant smile and constant cheery attitude really make the film a pleasure to teach and Sister Mary Roberts progression from the shy and quiet nun in the first film to a much more confident one in this is a real joy to see.

              Whoopi Goldberg's performance is as always brilliant in this film and once again she provides more than a couple of laughs. Her ability to both seem like a nun at the same time as being outspoken is fantastic and really builds a great response from the audience.

              As you can imagine the music plays a great part in this film as it did in the original Sister Act and the songs chosen are brilliant and really keep up the spirit of fun within the film. More importantly however the singing performances on all parts are exceptional and the talent of all the actors to perform the songs with conviction and emotion is like a breath of fresh air.
              All in all I would highly recommend this film. It is a great piece of family entertainment and is a really fun film due to the humorous lines, fantastic characters and energetic songs. Furthermore the film also deals with a couple of issues within it but does so in a way that ensures the rest of the film is not bogged down by them.

              "Sister Mary Clarence: Now listen, I know you've got to think about your image, cause image is important to you, because of course your friends are gonna dictate your actions through the rest of your lives, and I wouldn't want you to step away from them and become an individual, that would almost be too much!"

              If you haven't seen this film I really think you should. It can be purchased quite cheaply from most DVD stores and online at Amazon and play.com, so go on give it a try.

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                19.03.2006 15:39
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                An all-round family film with good songs in it!

                Delores Van Cartier (aka 'Sister Mary Clarence') is back in the habit in 'Sister Act 2'. The nuns from 'Sister Act' are now teaching at Saint Francis High School. The trouble is, they need help - desperate help. The children in the music class are all out of control and need the help of the lounge singer, Delores. They track her down to a lounge bar in Las Vegas, where they persuade her to come and teach music at the run down school.

                Little does she know what she's letting herself in for upon her return! Mr Crisp is the headmaster of the school. He wants the school shut down for financial purposes. He wants to make a carpark of it. The authorities are brought in and they make the decision to close the school down at the end of the current semester (term).

                During this time Delores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is back dressed up as a Nun and is now Sister Mary Clarence. She has trouble getting the music class to behave to begin with. But, after the put glue on her chair as a joke and she sticks to it, she gets tough! The kids call it a 'bird course', because the 'fly' right through it. All they have to do is turn up, and they pass! So, when Sister Clarence gets tough, one of the students, Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) doesn't like it. She leaves the classroom in a hump not happy with the new regime. But, she loves singing. Singing is her dream.

                Sister Clarence tells the group "If you wanna be somebody, if you wanna go somewhere - you better wake up and pay attention". A couple of the class members make music of this. Sister Clarence love their voices and decide to make a choir out of them. At first the class take this as a joke, but do take it seriously throughout the film.

                Throughout the film you will see the teenages start from a group that can't sing a sausage together, to a group that sounds like a choir of angels. After their first performance in front of their school where they sing 'Oh Happy Day', the sisters decide to enter the choir into the all state music festival in Hollywood.

                The choir don't think they're ready for an all state thing, but after a talk, feel they could be ready with plenty of pratice. During their rehearsing, Rita re-joins the class and wants to go to Hollywood. Her mother doesn't want her to sing as Rita's father didn't do well. She forbids Rita from going to Hollywood. But, Rita signs the form and decides she really wants to go. She left a note to her mums telling her she wanted to follow her heart and go.

                Sister Mary Clarence had to raise the money herself to pay for the trip, so sang some songs with the other nuns to raise money. They raised the money they needed, and off to Hollywood they went!

                Mr Crisp saw a picture of 'Delores Van Catier' in a magazine. Therefore he found out her true identity. He and the other monks made a mad dash to Hollywood to stop the choir from singing in the competition. But, the other nuns locked him in a cuboard as they wanted them to sing.

                The music festival was really good, and was the highlight of the film. Rita's mother turns up to watch, giving Rita a shock, preventing her from singing the song to start with. But, the choir starts off well and sing 'Joyful Joyful' in a different light altogether!

                It's a magnificent film with Rita's mother forgiving her. The music in the film is excellant, the acting from the nuns, monks and the kids is brilliant. Although the storyline is probably a bit predicatable from Sister Act, it's still a very good film to watch.

                Running time: 103 minutes
                Director: Bill Duke
                Producer: Dawn Steel and Scott Rudin

                DVD EXTRAS
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                There isn't that many DVD extras on the DVD I bought, but I shall tell you what's on it:-

                ~ Dolby Digital 5.1: English/Spanish
                ~ Subtitles: English/English for the hearing impaired/Spanish/Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Finnish

                MY PERSONAL OPINION
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                I really like this film. I know not a lot of people with agree with me, but personally, I think this one is better than the first Sister Act. Lauryn Hill, who plays Rita Watson in the film, has gone on to have a music career (although I don't know much about her recent work). I have one of her CD's and it's really good.

                This review has also been written on Ciao under my username there - LOUISE90.

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                  24.07.2001 15:47
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                  What do you do if you've a hit family comedy and you want to make a sequel?, you add kids of course. However, unlike many sequels in this vein, this does not completely ruining the movie idea, it does weaken it, but not so much as to make it a bad movie. Whoopi Goldberg dons the habit again to save her old school from closure by teaching music, and turning her class of rebellious teenagers, including a young incarnation of the now music superstar Lauryn Hill, into the best choir in the state. The music sequences are still superb, and the script and storyline, while predictable, are still entertaining enough to carry you through. If you already own the original, don't bother getting this one, but do rent it because it is still an OK movie in itself. The dvd edition features are nothing special.

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                  Whoopi Goldberg returns in a gratuitous, poorly written sequel that contrives a reason to get her character back into Maggie Smith's convent. The "socially conscious" plot finds Goldberg being asked to relate to a bunch of street kids and pull them together into a choir. Since a bad guy is needed, the script grabs that old chestnut about a rich guy (James Coburn) preparing to close down the convent's school, and runs with it. The film is slow and unconvincing from start to finish, although co-stars Mary Wickes and Kathy Najimy get some good laughs, and the music is pretty spirited. --Tom Keogh