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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)



Critic Consensus: Sister Act is off-key in this reprise, fatally shifting the spotlight from Whoopi Goldberg to a less compelling ensemble of pupils and trading its predecessor's sharp comedy for unconvincing sentiment.

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In the sequel to the hit comedy Sister Act, Whoopie Goldberg reprises her role of Deloris Van Cartier, a Las Vegas entertainer who hid out with in a convent of nuns to avoid a nasty bunch of gangsters. In Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Deloris is persuaded to return to the convent by the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith), because her help is needed in teaching their choral students at St. Francis High in San Francisco. However, St. Francis is in a crisis, since the administrator running the school (James Coburn) is threatening to shut the place down. If the gospel choir wins first place in a singing contest in Los Angeles, St. Francis will be saved from the priest's plans. Though the plot is rather thin and derivative, Sister Act 2 is lighthearted fun, thanks to good musical numbers and winning performances from the cast.

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Whoopi Goldberg
as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence
Kathy Najimy
as Sister Mary Patrick
Mary Wickes
as Sister Mary Lazarus
Wendy Makkena
as Sister Mary Robert
Barnard Hughes
as Father Maurice
Maggie Smith
as Mother Superior
James Coburn
as Mr. Crisp
Michael Jeter
as Father Ignatius
Brad Sullivan
as Father Thomas
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Florence Watson
Robert Pastorelli
as Joey Bustamente
Thomas Gottschalk
as Father Wolfgang
Lauryn Hill
as Rita Watson
Ryan Toby
as Ahmal
Bill Duke
as Mr. Johnson
Sydney Lassick
as Competition Announcer
Monica Calhoun
as Classroom Kid
Frank Howard
as Classroom Kid
Devin Kamin
as Frankie
Patrick Malone
as Classroom Kid
Susan Browning
as Choir Nun
Edith Diaz
as Choir Nun
as Sondra
Beth Fowler
as Choir Nun
Sheri Izzard
as Choir Nun
Ruth Kobart
as Choir Nun
Rose Parenti
as Choir Nun
Carmen Zapata
as Choir Nun
Jenifer Lewis
as Backup Singer #1
Pamela Tyson
as Backup Singer #2
Sharon Brown
as Backup Singer #3
Paul Thorpe
as Dancer "Postman"
Warren Frost
as Archdiocese Person #1
Robin Gammell
as Archdiocese Person #2
Sidney Lassick
as Competition Announcer
Deedee Lynn Magno
as Classroom Kid
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Critic Reviews for Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

Even by sequel standards, a minimal amount of creativity has gone into "Sister Act 2," and not even the talents of its cast, including several likable young people, can compensate for this thrown-together feeling.

June 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Considering how terribly resistible (to me, at least) last year's Sister Act was, the sequel seems like a movie miracle.

June 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Why Whoopi took up the habit here is a mystery-unless she's tired of this part and wants to make sure there won't be any more "Sister Acts."

June 3, 2020 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

While the kids may sing a storm when at last they get down to mixing Beethoven, gospel and rap, in the good clean fun department this is monumentally weak and derivative.

August 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Two trips to the convent is one too many.

August 4, 2009
Top Critic

I hope what they all got paid made it worth the bother.

August 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

I love these films. Very funny! Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious! A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Not as good as the first one, whether it's from the story or the song selection.. I really thought they were pushed to make this movie just because the first one was a big hit.. Even though all the cast come back again, like Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, and Wendy Makkena, but the story which is too ordinary, too cliche, and too predictable made the movie wasn't as good as the first one because basically they just want to repeat the first movie's success.. Even though they made the movie a lot lot younger by adding some potential young actors, but basically it's no use.. Overall, I can't say this one is a good one, especially when you should compare it to the first movie, but it's still an enjoyable and entertaining movie..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

I remember seeing this in the theater as a child, and, while I kind of liked it back then, i knew it wasn't as good as the first. Only now that I'm older do I realize that there's not much of a reason for this film to exist, and that it falls prey to all of the tired old cliches anyway. The performances aren't terrible though, and the music is at least good, but really, this either should have been different all together, or existed not at all. Why does Whoopi HAVE to don the habit here anyway? She could have easily gotten the job done without it.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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