Great acting and script with an OK storyline.
Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) works as a lounge singer who witnesses her mobster boyfriend Vince (Harvey Keitel) killing a man in cold blood. She escapes from his henchman, and runs to the police. Eddie (Bill Nunn) a policeman convinces her to go into hiding until she is able to testify against Vince in court. To do this, Deloris must pretend to be a nun in a convent. Mother Superior (Maggie Smith) takes a instant dislike to her, while Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) and Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena) follow her every move. Directed by Emile Ardolino.
Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious, and her acting is great in this. She usually plays characters who have sass, and she is able to deliver her lines amazingly. She is also able to express her character’s emotions really well which makes it fun and engaging for the audience. Najimy and Makkena too, add some comedic effect to the narrative, and their expressions are pretty funny.
Another thing I was impressed with is the singing. At services, the choir sings, and I am not sure if the actresses are actually the ones singing, but I really like Mary Robert’s voice (OK, apparently Mary Robert’s voice has been credited to Andrea Robinson). That makes sense, as it was pretty surprising to hear that singing voice come out of her. It was great lip-singing though!
The story itself isn’t so interesting, and serves as more of a fun movie. It does seem that the film mocks the lives of nuns and the convent in general, as Goldberg’s character routinely ridicules their rules and way of living. In addition, Mother Superior is made out to be strict and the other nuns as being ignorant and innocent. Plus, in the end they are pushed outside their usual norms, which just feels like the film is making fun of them.
Overall a pretty hilarious film, with great acting and an OK storyline.
PROS: Acting, singing, comedy
CONS: Mocking nuns (?)
I give this a 7/10.
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