Release date: May 29, 1992
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel
Budget: $31 million
Box office: $231.6 million
A witness to a mob crime is hidden as a nun in a traditional convent.
Sister Act is a fun, quirky film in its tossing of a Reno lounge singer into a strict convent as a means of hiding until she can act as a witness in court. The resulting plot does have some inane moments where it feels as if the story could not get any more asinine. However, not only are they mostly in the beginning, but the film is able to pick up and continue in a more interesting fashion with little difficulty every time. The more the film progresses, the better it gets as well, keeping its audience’s attention with its peculiar tone and amusing story.
There’s some good character development in the film, too. Deloris starts off the plot only caring about herself and what she can get out of her affair with Vince. Further, when taken to to the convent, she puts up a bit of a fight believing herself unable to cope for the amount of time it’s going to take to get a court date because of the standard of living with which she has been accustomed. Yet, during the course of the story, she loses the selfishness and the attitude and comes to care about everyone else around her, a change benefitting the convent and the surrounding neighborhood.
The acting in this film is decent. For the most part, Goldberg gives a good performance as a character who needs to learn the art of subtlety. Still, she does have a few scenes where it seems she overacts beyond the theatrics of what her character calls for. Nevertheless, whenever she and Smith are on screen together, the two of them exhibit fantastic chemistry, especially with Smith’s usual portrayal of someone who exudes the traits of a stern though caring grandmotherly figure. She is near perfect as the convent’s Reverend Mother Superior, consistently utilizing the right inflection and tone to depict the character.
This is an enjoyable film, good for an entertaining experience any time.
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) (Whoopi Goldberg)
Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Kathy Najimy)
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
Top Box Office Films
Golden Screen, Germany
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture (Whoopi Goldberg)
Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards
Favorite Movie Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)
People’s Choice Awards, USA
Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
20/20 Awards - Felix Awards
Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Maggie Smith)
Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Mary Wickes)
Awards Circuit Community Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Whoopi Goldberg)
Casting Society of America, USA - Artios Awards
Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy
Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Whoopi Goldberg)
MTV Movie + TV Awards
Best Female Performance (Whoopi Goldberg)
Best Breakthrough Performance (Kathy Najimy)
Best comedic Performance (Whoopi Goldberg)