Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +1

Fabulous is the word for this rollicking comedy with music which follows closely in the footsteps of the original SISTER ACT in 1992. Whoopi Goldberg again leaves her night club act in Las Vegas to help her Catholic nun friends(Kathy Najimy, Mary Wickes, Wendy Makkena and Maggie Smith) who are having trouble at the St. Francis Catholic High School. She again takes on the disguise of Sister Mary Clarence as she tries to tame the rebellious teenagers in the school's music class. Ultimately, she welds them into a caring choir and dance ensemble who love and respect her. And they are so good, she decides to enter them in the All-State (Catholic) Music Competition. Especially poignant is Sister Mary Clarence's work with Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill), an arrogant, but hurting, talented black girl. The group, as well as individuals, perform some very moving renditions of traditional gospel songs, as well as fast-paced jazzy dance renditions of gospel favorites. Some may find the renditions too contemporary, but most will likely find SISTER ACT 2 immensely enjoyable and inspiring.

This sequel has a "softer" feeling with more positive messages and fewer questionable elements than the original. Even Whoopi seems less worldly and more subdued in this sequel. However, she manages to indulge in some moderate crudities to get the attention of the unruly students. And a few comical sexual remarks, along with one mild obscenity and a brief profanity mar the dialogue. Nevertheless, Whoopi and the other teachers encourage the underprivileged teenagers to get an education and make something of their lives. Somewhat disappointing, the Catholic priest teachers are portrayed as comical, weak and sometimes effeminate. At the same time, they are loyal and caring. Amongst all the jazzy music and comedy, there is an underlying reverence for spiritual matters and inspiring messages for youth. Although it has some unfortunate elements, SISTER ACT 2 has many attributes which make it fun, worthwhile entertainment.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times - Mild 3, moderate 4.

Obscene Language: Once (slang for excretion)

Profanity: Once (JC)

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (Mildly suggestive night club performance; comical sexual classroom remark; comical innuendo referring to genitals)

Drugs: None

Other: Priests portrayed as comical; positive messages for youth; jazzy contemporary gospel music and dancing; respect for spiritual matters)

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Intended Audience: 10 years and older

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