Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit

Whoopi Goldberg plays a nightclub singer who happily gives up a lucrative Las Vegas engagement in order to teach music to recalcitrant inner-city teenagers at her Catholic alma mater in San Francisco (1993). The talented director Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover), who brought distinction even to The Cemetery Club, his previous outing, goes to sleep here, and it’s hard to blame him; why stay awake for insulting hackwork like this? James Orr and Jim Cruickshank wrote this malarkey, and some of the cute, jiving nuns from Sister ActKathy Najimy, Mary Wickes, Wendy Makkena, Maggie Smithare back again, joined this time by James Coburn in a semivillainous part. I hope what they all got paid made it worth the bother. (JR)

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