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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Review

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Louise is a film enthusiast and enjoys films particularly from the 40's and 50's era & enjoys writing about films she has seen.

Whoppi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence

Whoopi Goldberg
Deloris Van Cartier
Lauryn Hill
Rita Watson
Kathy Najimy
Sister Mary Patrick
James Coburn
Mr Crisp
Maggie Smith
Mother Superior
Barnard Hughes
Father Maurice
Mary Wickes
Sister Mary Lazarus

Sister Mary Clarence is back in the Habit.

  • Film: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Released: 1993
  • Running time: 107 minutes
  • Genre: Family, Comedy, Music
  • Director: Bill Duke
  • Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)
  • Nominations: 2

When it comes to film, Musicals has to be on the top of my list. I love a lot of the old musicals and have many on DVD. One such film I have in my collection is Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, you can't go much wrong with these 2 women in the film. Two of the most renowned actresses around, it's a pair that certainly makes for a wonderful film when put together.

A year after Sister Act hit our screens, the sequel hits our screens with a slightly different format. Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence is still singing in Las Vegas as a showgirl, and the sisters from the convent are now working in a run down area of San Fransisco at St Francis Academy. Mary Lazarus, played by Mary Wickes, is in charge of the music class but is having trouble keeping the class in order. So, her and 2 of the other sisters, Mary Patrick and Mary Robert are sent by the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith) to bring Deloris back to the school to try and save them. It's not something she really wants to do considering her career in Las Vegas is taking off. The thought of going under cover again dressed in a Habit is something she hadn't really considered. Reluctantly, she agrees and once again, dons the habit. She does, however, have a soft spot for her fellow sisters and know deep down they have helped her in the past.

It is interesting seeing the role Lauryn Hill has in the film. This is her first film. Lauryn plays the part of Rita Louise Watson. Considering this is her first acting role, she has quite a prominent part in the movie, and acts her part out well. She has a beautiful singing voice, and this comes through in the film. She sings part of the song "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" alongside another character, and I find this a touching and moving part for me. There are, however, some comedic moments in the film. There are moments in the film where I start laughing aloud. Whoopi Goldberg, particularly, I find to be a naturally funny person, and her style of acting has always been high up on my agenda. I love her role with Maggie Smith. I feel the 2 work well together, and this comes through on screen. James Coburn is another name that crops up in the film. He plays Mr Crisp. Although Coburn plays a bit of a grouch in this film, his acting style is of high performance and I enjoyed watching him acting the role of administrator of the school.

Granted, the storyline is a little weak, but I find the music and songs in the film make up for that. I feel that are plenty of opportunities throughout the film to sing along and join in with them. There's plenty of toe-tapping to be done. With Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith having main roles, I think this is well worth the viewing just to see these 2 excellent actresses.

Lauryn Hill as Rita Louise Watson


The songs

  • The Greatest Medley Ever Todl
  • Never Should've Let You Go
  • Get Outta That Thing/Dancing In The Street
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)
  • His Eye is on The Sparrow
  • A Deeper Love
  • Wandering Eyes
  • Pay Attention
  • Ode to Joy
  • Joyful Joyful
  • Ain't no Mountain High Enough


My Thoughts

Now I know that musicals isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I do enjoy them. Although this film was made more than 20 years ago, I still find it an enjoyable film to watch. I like the music. I'm a big fan of gospel music, and I find this kind of music uplifting and invigorating. Yes, the storyline isn't up to par, but I do believe this is a feel good movie that is bound to lift anyones mood. There is a lot of strong acting in the film, and there is plenty of music to keep me entertained.

DVD Extras

There are limited extras on the DVD. There are just the languages and subtitles. I have, however, had this DVD for a number of years now though. So I guess if I got a more up-to-date copy it would have more on there.

Sister Act 2 Trailer

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit DVD


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    • Claire-louise profile image

      Claire Raymond 8 months ago from UK

      I have not seen this film in so long, it is a very heart warming movie.

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      Marlene Bertrand 11 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I don't know how many times I have seen this movie. Before I had ever seen it I thought I might be offended by the premise. But, I actually enjoyed it immensely. I've also enjoyed reading your review of this very entertaining movie.

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      Dora Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      I do remember how greatly entertaining this movie was. The music was superb. I heard a live rendition of "Joyful Joyful" Sister Act style during the Christmas season and it brought everything back. Thanks to you also for the memories.