Nun Too Many, Nun Too Few
Peggy Vincent | 09/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say? This is quite possibly the best movie I have ever seen, and I'm sure I'm not the only one saying this.
The story is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) whose singing career is going straight down the toilet. But that's before the fateful night when Deloris witnesses her married mobster boyfriend, Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), viciously murder an unloyal employee. She then runs to the police, where they ask her to testify against Vince, but she knows he'll come after her when she does. The police then tell her that they can stash her in the safest place on Earth if she testifies--a convent. Deloris reluctantly agrees, but quickly finds that the convent is no place for a loud Reno lounge singer. But just when it can't get any worse, Deloris discovers the horrible, out-of-synch Sunday choir, and soon realizes she was destined to stumble into this convent.
The cast is brilliant; the hilarious Kathy Najimy stars as the bouncy, always-cheerful Sister Mary Patrick; Wendy Makkena as the awfully shy Sister Mary Robert; Mary Wickes as the spunky, wise-cracking Sister Mary Lazarus, and of course, the legendary Maggie Smith as the ever-stern, yet caring, Reverend Mother. And these aren't the only colorful characters; every nun has their own special personality.
And finally, the essential piece of the Sister Act puzzle, music. Every song performed by the sisters will leave you clapping your hands and wanting more. These include "Hail Holy Queen", "My God", and of course, the famous "I Will Follow Him" finale. There are also catchy, modern songs included in the soundtrack, as well. In other words, if you like the movie, you'll like the music.
As for the plot, in my opinion it's very original and interesting. I have to admit it did slow down a couple of times, but for the most part it was convincing and, to me, very well-written.
Overall, this movie is one the entire family can enjoy and watch over and over again. And when it comes to the bare necessities of a picture, there's "nun too many" or "nun too few" here!
I can't be torn apart from my God!!!!
Jeremy J | Las Vegas, Nevada United States | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nothing you can buy could make me tell a lie to my God! This is Whoopi's best movie ever! My cousin and I were constantly singing the songs everywhere we went. One my favorite movies of ALL time. I wish they would come out with a DVD that contained more extra features though."
Singing Praise To God
James L. | 02/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In a tailor-made role, Whoopi Goldberg stars as a Motown lounge-singer in Reno who witness the murder of a chauffeur at the hands of her married boyfriend and mobster, Harvey Kietel. When she goes to the police, they need to hide her some place safe, and they find a place where no one would think to look for the mistress-singer ... a convent. Maggie Smith also stars as the Mother Superior who agrees to shelter the newly christened Sister Mary Clarence, and in the hands of Whoopi, you can guess what happens to their woefully inadequate choir. This is one of those films it's hard not to like. The role was made for Whoopi, and she plays it for all it's worth. The nuns are all cute, the fish out of water story has built in laughs, and the music is terrific - really gets the toes tapping. There's nothing deep or earth shattering here, and thank God for that. It's simply a film about singing out your joy and serving others. In other words, it's a feel good movie and a lot of fun."
A Music Fan | Anywhere | 05/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the things I truly enjoy about Whoopi Goldberg films is that she is always joined by an all-star cast and plots that make the practical actor cringe. Whoopi plays Delores Van Cartier a lounge singer who witnesses a vicious crime commited by her married lover and as a result goes undercover as a nun in order to not be found. But upon arriving at the church she overcomes several obstacles, these include the mean-spirited nun Mother Superior, and trying not to reveal her true identity. Later she joins the nun's musical choir and realizes just how truly bad they are, so the nuns insist that she be the musical instructor, and transforms the bad nun's choir into a hip funky choir that is just out of this world. I give this album five stars because of Whoopi's incredible acting talent, and the movie itself is simply irresistable! If your looking for a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat, and laughing relentlessly, I would definitely recommend this movie to you!"