Sister Act: 20th Anniversary – 2-Movie Collection – Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition

Like many film series the original was fun and worth the time investment whereas the sequel was limp and unfunny.  The first film was a hit at the box office so of course there was a sequel. Rarely with comedies does the second film work because the brand of humour that the first used successfully now feels like yesterday’s news. It was apparent that the makers of the film were quickly trying to cash in on the success of the first and really didn’t concern themselves too much with quality when it came to the sequel. For this and other reasons there never was a Sister Act 3.

Sister Act
Director:  Emile Ardolino

Reno lounge singer Deloris Van Carter (Whoopie Goldberg – The Colour Purple, Ghost) is dating a mobster (Harvey Keitel – The Piano, Thelma & Louise). Now, ladies this is never a good idea because eventually you will become a liability.  That is the case when Deloris sees him kill an employee.  When she turns state’s evidence against him in order to protect her Deloris is put in the witness protection program.  Now, she is all fine and dandy with the idea of staying alive, but when she is put in a convent disguised as a nun there is some hesitation on her part.  Convinced this is the only way to stay alive Deloris goes along with it.  Deloris becomes Sister Mary Clarence.  No one knows about her true identity within the convent, so she is expected to follow the rules like any other nun.

A gregarious type, Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence quickly makes friends with fellow nuns Sister Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena – State of Play, Air Bud), Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy – Hocus Pocus, Step Up 3D) and Sister Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes – Little Women, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit). One person who does not cozy up to Sister Mary Clarence is the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith – from television’s Downton Abbey). To keep her new charge in control, Mother Superior orders Sister Mary Clarence to take part in the choir. With Sister Mary Clarence at the helm the sister’s choir becomes a swinging hit.  But will their success lead to Deloris’s boyfriend finding her?

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Director: Bill Duke

The sisters at Deloris’s former convent are desperate.  They want to save their parochial school from closing.  The best way they figure they can do that is to raise money through the children’s choir.  This means convincing Sister Mary Clarence to come back to lead them.  Deloris agrees but her task becomes a little tougher when her best singer is forbidden to participate by her mother. She and the other nuns also find out that a corrupt local authority (James Coburn – Monsters, Inc., The Great Escape) is behind the push to close the school and will stop at nothing to make it happen.

Special Features:
-Inside Sister Act
-Lady Soul Music Video

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