Sister Act (1992)


sister act“Bless us, oh Lord, for these Thy gifts which we are about to receive. And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of no food, I will fear no hunger. We want you to give us this day, our daily bread. And to the republic for which it stands, and by the power invested in me, I pronounce us ready to eat. Amen. ” – Delores

Number of Times Seen – between 5-10 times  (theater in ’92, cable, video,  Jan 2005 and 19 Jul 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A Las Vegas lounge singer witnesses a murder and is sent to a convent to hide out until she will need to testify.

My Take on it – I recall really enjoying this when it came out but rewatching it now, it all reallly just feels like it goes thru the typical abc of screenwriting without really giving us anything new or innovative.

The story is fun, but uninspirational because its done so generically.

Whoopie Goldberg is fun and does a nice job making us chuckle, but her character’s transformation seems way too inevitable that it’s hard to root neither for nor against her.

She is able to blend into both of her environments quite well and is ok as a nun and a singer.

Really liked the way they re-imagined some great songs here and its slightly unfortunate they couldn’t give us even more.

Harvey Keitel plays a stereotypical mob boss and as great an actor as he is, he can’t seem to do anything new with the character and it comes off much too generic.

Bottom Line – Fun movie with some great songs but the script feels way too generic to be inspirational at all. Goldberg was well chosen for the lead and does a nice job fitting into both environments. Re-imagined songs are great and a longer list of songs would have added to the fun. Keitel is too stereotypical to have any real effect on anything.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On June 10, 1993, Donna Douglas and her partner Curt Wilson in Associated Artists Entertainment, Inc., filed a $200 million lawsuit against Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, their production companies, and Creative Artists Agency claiming the film Sister Act was plagiarized from a book A Nun in the Closet owned by the partners. Douglas and Wilson claimed that in 1985 they had developed a screenplay for the book. The lawsuit claimed that there were more than one hundred similarities and plagiarisms between the movie and the book/screenplay owned by Douglas and Wilson. The lawsuit further claimed that the developed screenplay had been submitted to Disney, Goldberg, and Midler three times during 1987 and 1988. In 1994, Douglas and Wilson declined a $1 million offer to settle the case. The judge found in favor of Walt Disney Pictures and the other defendants. Wilson stated at the time, “They would have had to copy our stuff verbatim for us to prevail.”  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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