History Film / SisterAct

27th Dec '17 11:46:22 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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One of the most popular comedies of TheNineties, and up there with ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' as one of Whoopie Goldberg's most famous roles, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film portrays Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.

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One of the most popular comedies of TheNineties, and up there with ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' as one of Whoopie Whoopi Goldberg's most famous roles, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film portrays Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.
1st Nov '17 5:38:43 PM DesertDragon
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* GenreShift: The first movie is a WitnessProtection comedy, while the sequel is a SaveOurStudents dramedy.
1st Nov '17 5:29:05 PM DesertDragon
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A sequel followed in 1993: ''Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit''. Deloris takes her story to Las Vegas and her show becomes a hit. One night, her old friends from the convent pay her a visit, and they tell her that the Catholic high school where they've been teaching (which happens to be Deloris' own alma mater) is slowly going under. Deloris agrees to return as Sister Mary Clarence and teach the music class to a large group of very disinterested teenagers (led by a young Music/LaurynHill). After a series of pranks being pulled on her, she strikes back in her own way and humbles the kids so that she can work with them. She decides to form the kids into a choir, singing the same sort of music from the previous film and entering a choir competition in hopes that the prize money will save the school from closing.

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A sequel followed in 1993: ''Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit''. Deloris takes her story to Las Vegas and her show becomes a hit. One night, her old friends from the convent pay her a visit, and they tell her that the Catholic high school where they've been teaching (which happens to be Deloris' own alma mater) is slowly going under. Deloris agrees to return as Sister Mary Clarence and teach the music class to a large group of very disinterested teenagers (led by a young Music/LaurynHill). After a series of pranks being pulled on her, she strikes back in her own way and humbles the kids so that she can work with them. She decides to form the kids into a choir, singing the same sort of music from the previous film and entering a choir competition in hopes to convince the archdiocese that the prize money will save the school from closing.
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1st Nov '17 5:19:30 PM DesertDragon
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A very popular film and up there with ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' as one of Whoopie Goldberg's most famous roles, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film portrays Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.

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A very One of the most popular film comedies of TheNineties, and up there with ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' as one of Whoopie Goldberg's most famous roles, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film portrays Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.
1st Nov '17 5:18:22 PM DesertDragon
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Two films that star Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a Reno lounge singer who pretends to be a nun and introduces excitement into the formerly-solemn local church music.

In the first '''Sister Act''', Deloris witnesses her [[TheMafia Mafioso]] boyfriend commit a murder. She enters WitnessProtection and is forcibly inducted into an abbey as "Sister Mary Clarence". The only other person at the abbey who knows her true identity is Mother Superior. Deloris has to follow the vows of poverty, obedience, hard work, chastity, and getting up at 5 AM. Eventually, she becomes the leader of the abbey choir, and she decides to [[BlitheSpirit make some improvements by combining spirituals and R&B]]...

HilarityEnsues... with a tambourine.

A very popular film, arguably Whoopi Goldberg's best role ever, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film tends to portray Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.

In '''Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit''', Deloris returns to visit her old friends at the convent and finds that the community school they've been teaching at is slowly going under. Deloris agrees to return as Sister Mary Clarence and teach the music class to a large group of very disinterested teenagers (led by a young Music/LaurynHill). After a series of pranks being pulled on her, she strikes back in her own way and humbles the kids so that she can work with them. She decides to form the kids into a choir, singing the same sort of music from the previous film.

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Two films that star Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a Reno lounge singer who pretends to be a nun (for reasons specific to each movie) and introduces excitement into the formerly-solemn local church music.

In the The first '''Sister Act''', ''Sister Act'', released in 1992, Deloris witnesses her [[TheMafia Mafioso]] boyfriend commit a murder. She enters WitnessProtection and is forcibly inducted into an abbey as "Sister Mary Clarence". The only other person at the abbey who knows her true identity is the Mother Superior. Deloris has to follow the vows of poverty, obedience, hard work, chastity, and getting up at 5 AM. Eventually, she becomes the leader of the abbey choir, and she decides to [[BlitheSpirit make some improvements by combining spirituals and R&B]]...

HilarityEnsues... with
R&B]], and the lively new music brings newcomers into the church. However, her newfound visibility does no favors for why she entered the abbey in the first place...

HilarityEnsues. With
a tambourine.

A very popular film, arguably Whoopi film and up there with ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' as one of Whoopie Goldberg's best role ever, most famous roles, with a cast of beloved character actors and a magnificently long-suffering Maggie Smith as the Mother Superior. The film also drew praise from both Catholics and actual nuns, as the film tends to portray portrays Catholicism in general and nuns in particular as warm, welcoming, and human (as opposed to some of the other [[NunsAreSpooky popular]] [[NaughtyNuns portrayals]]). The biggest draw is probably the music itself, which reinterprets such classics as "My Guy" into a religious format. In 2006, the movie was [[ScreenToStageAdaptation made into a stage musical]], with songs by Music/AlanMenken.

In '''Sister A sequel followed in 1993: ''Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit''', Habit''. Deloris returns takes her story to visit Las Vegas and her show becomes a hit. One night, her old friends at from the convent pay her a visit, and finds they tell her that the community Catholic high school where they've been teaching at (which happens to be Deloris' own alma mater) is slowly going under. Deloris agrees to return as Sister Mary Clarence and teach the music class to a large group of very disinterested teenagers (led by a young Music/LaurynHill). After a series of pranks being pulled on her, she strikes back in her own way and humbles the kids so that she can work with them. She decides to form the kids into a choir, singing the same sort of music from the previous film.
film and entering a choir competition in hopes that the prize money will save the school from closing.
25th Oct '17 10:03:48 AM Gravidef
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* BecomingTheMask: A variation. While Deloris certainly never takes vows or becomes an "official" nun, she does slowly lose her snarky, self-absorbed attitude as she stays in the convent. By the end of the film, she's become a much kinder, compassionate person--much like the other nuns. It's best summarized when, in the final scene, Reverend Mother declares that, for all intents and purposes, Deloris ''is'' Sister Mary Clarence (see EvenEvilHasStandards below).

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* BecomingTheMask: A variation. While Deloris certainly never takes vows or becomes an "official" nun, she does slowly lose her snarky, self-absorbed attitude as she stays in the convent. By the end of the film, she's become a much kinder, genuinely kind, compassionate person--much like the other nuns. It's best summarized when, in the final scene, Reverend Mother declares that, for all intents and purposes, Deloris ''is'' Sister Mary Clarence (see EvenEvilHasStandards below).
24th Oct '17 8:38:37 PM sonar1313
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* ChekhovsSkill: Deloris's backup singers wonder what will happen to the act without Deloris to "pick all the music and tell us where to stand and everything"; i.e., she is the group's music arranger as well as its lead singer, which comes in handy in the convent choir as well.
24th Oct '17 1:17:22 AM Gravidef
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* ArmorPiercingResponse: When Deloris finds out about the convent's strict 9:00 curfew, she complains to Reverend Mother; the older woman's response hits Deloris hard, and makes her begin to reach out to the other nuns.

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* ArmorPiercingResponse: When Deloris finds out about the convent's strict 9:00 curfew, she complains to Reverend Mother; the older woman's response stern (and very accurate) answer hits Deloris hard, and makes her begin to reach out to the other nuns.
24th Oct '17 1:16:28 AM Gravidef
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* ArmorPiercingResponse: When Deloris finds out about the convent's strict 9:00 curfew, she complains to Reverend Mother; the older woman's response hits Deloris hard, and makes her begin to reach out to the other nuns.
-->'''Deloris''': You know, before I came here, I had a career, I had friends--I had clothing that fit. Before I came here, I was okay.
-->'''Reverend Mother''': Oh, really? From what I've heard, your singing career was almost non-existent, and your married lover ''wants you dead.'' If you're fooling anyone, it is only yourself. God has brought you here. ''Take the hint.''



* BecomingTheMask: A variation. While Deloris certainly never takes vows or becomes an "official" nun, she does slowly lose her snarky, self-absorbed attitude as she stays in the convent. By the end of the film, she's become a much kinder, compassionate person--much like the other nuns. It's best summarized when, in the final scene, Reverend Mother declares that, for all intents and purposes, Deloris ''is'' Sister Mary Clarence (see EvenEvilHasStandards below).



* EveryoneHasStandards: At the beginning of the film, Deloris is carrying on with Vince knowing full well that he's married and is generally a smart-mouthed, unpleasant person. She's almost tempted to return to him when he tries to buy her off with a gorgeous mink coat...but then she finds his wife's initials in it. Even the opportunistic Deloris can't bring herself to do that--"You don't ''earn'' other people's wives' fur coats, OK?"-- and declares that enough is enough. Unfortunately, this sudden pang of conscience makes her witness Vince murdering someone, and kicks off the plot.



* FurAndLoathing: Trying to return a fur coat that actually belongs to her boyfriend's wife is when she sees him killing a guy.

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* FurAndLoathing: Trying Vince tries to return buy Deloris back by giving her a fur coat that actually mink coat--turns out it belongs to his wife. Her rage at this and attempts to return it make her boyfriend's wife is when she sees him killing an eyewitness to a guy.murder.



* HeroicSacrifice: Reverend Mother ''lied'' to the thieves when saying that "Mary Clarence" is indeed a nun, when she is not. Remember, Reverend Mother is a nun (and a highly conservative one to boot), saying lies is a big deal for them. But, if she didn't, they would have killed Deloris, which justified it.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Reverend Mother ''lied'' to the thieves when saying that "Mary Clarence" is indeed a nun, when she is not. Remember, Reverend Mother is a nun (and a highly conservative one to boot), and saying lies is a big deal for them.them (it's one of the Ten Commandments). But, if she didn't, they would have killed Deloris, which justified it.
** It's also possible that she realized that Deloris, while not an avowed nun, ''did'' have the spirit and heart of one, so she was technically speaking the truth.
** There's also Deloris herself working to free Mary Robert from Vince's goons. She ends up shoving the younger woman out of the car, choosing to save her (and by extension, the other nuns) rather than escape.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Monsignor O'Hara and the Reverand Mother are the only ones in the covenant who know about Deloris's true origins until Deloris gets snatched by the mob.

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Monsignor O'Hara and the Reverand Reverend Mother are the only ones in the covenant who know about Deloris's "Mary Clarence's" true origins until Deloris gets snatched by the mob.



** This could be seen as an inversed MightyWhitey trope, since Deloris is the protagonist (unlike most MagicalNegro characters), and she takes over the choir by proving she is better at it than any other nuns.

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** This could be seen as an inversed inverted MightyWhitey trope, since Deloris is the protagonist (unlike most MagicalNegro characters), and she takes over the choir by proving she is better at it than any other nuns.


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* MissedHimByThatMuch: When the convent's good deeds and efforts to clean up their neighborhood make the news, Vince's wife Connie is seen watching the story. She calls to her husband (who has his back turned while practicing billiards) to come see the "cute little nuns"; had Vince turned around a few moments earlier, he would have spotted Deloris.


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** Also played with in a very similar way with Deloris and Vince's goons. When they untie her to take off her nun's costume (as they "can't waste a nun"), she immediately falls to the floor and begins praying, begging God to forgive them for having to do Vince's dirty work. The men actually go along with it and cross themselves...and that's when Deloris uses her kneeling positions to [[GroinAttack whack them in their crotches]] and run off.
23rd Oct '17 9:43:29 AM LackadaisicalCiconine
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Vince's hitmen Joey and Willy are very reluctant about killing a nun, even if it's someone they know dressed as a nun. Just the fact that she may have found God in her time at the convent is enough to make them uncomfortable and they even go along with her when she starts praying.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Vince's hitmen Joey and Willy are very reluctant about killing a nun, even if it's someone they know dressed as a nun. Although he's too proud to admit it, clearly even Vince can't bring himself to shoot Deloris while she's in a nun's habit. Just the fact that she may have found God in her time at the convent is enough to make them uncomfortable and they even go along with her when she starts praying.
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