Movie Review: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Summary

Deloris Van Cartier has become a famous performer in Reno since her time posing as a nun to hide from the mob, having an entire dinner show based on her experience. During her latest performance, she reunites with her friends, Sisters Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, and Mary Lazarus. 

They ask for her help, reuniting her with the Reverend Mother, who explains that the convent nuns now teach at the St. Francis Academy in San Francisco, where Deloris attended as a child. The school faces closure unless its reputation can be improved. The nuns ask her to reprise her persona as Sister Mary Clarence and become the new music teacher. She reluctantly agrees.

At the school, Mary Clarence meets the school’s staff of friars, led by the humble but inept Father Maurice. She attends her first music class, meeting the rowdy teenagers, who are there just to get n easy “A”. Mary Clarence butts heads with the ringleader, Rita Louise Watson, who walks out when she introduces a firmer hand in class. The other students stay to avoid failure. When they break into spontaneous, synchronised singing, Mary Clarence decides to turn them into a choir, to which the students initially object.

Mary Robert overhears Rita singing, and Mary Clarence convinces her to return to the group. The class and nuns restore the school’s decrepit music room and practice extensively, later performing “Oh, Happy Day” before the whole school, led by the talented vocalist Ahmal. The nuns discover numerous trophies, revealing the school won the All-State Choir Championship multiple times in the past, and decide to enter them once again. Father Maurice allows it, as long as they raise the money themselves and each student has a signed parental permission slip.

Rita’s strict but well-meaning mother Florence refuses to let her attend, believing a musical career is a dead end as her husband died trying to chase fame. However, Rita forges her mother’s signature to go anyway, leaving an apology note for her, prompting Florence to drive to Hollywood to see the competition for herself. Mr. Crisp finds a magazine in the school library with Deloris Van Cartier on the cover. Recognising her as Mary Clarence, he warns Father Maurice of the sham. The choir has already left for the competition so, the friars pile into their old van and race to confront Mary Clarence.

Backstage at the competition, the choir are intimidated by the other entrants and consider quitting, but Mary Clarence inspires them to persevere. The friars arrive, and Father Maurice decides to support the choir upon seeing their enthusiasm. The other friars trap Mr. Crisp in a closet to prevent him from interfering. The choir takes to the stage, Rita performing a solo before the choir perform an urban contemporary gospel rendition of “Joyful, Joyful”, with hip hop choreography.

The choir wins the competition. Impressed with the performance, the school’s local diocese agrees to keep the school open. Consequently, despite his desire for early retirement, they also give the freed Mr. Crisp a promotion, cementing it in place with the Reverend Mother claiming that upon discovering the sham of Mary Clarence, Mr. Crisp instructed Fr. Maurice not to withdraw the choir from the competition but, `to handle it internally’. 

Rita and Florence make amends, while the choir learns Mary Clarence is actually a professional singer. They ask her if she is a Las Vegas showgirl, to which she claims she has never been such, but is a “headliner”.

The end credits feature the film’s cast performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A fun sequel but forgettable.

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