Picks and Pans Review: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Lauryn Hill, Kathy Najimy
Check your intellect at the door, but this sequel is affable, cheery, invigorating and warmhearted if not hot-blooded.
The plot is a predictable spinoff of the original. Goldberg returns as a Las Vegas singer. Mother Superior Smith and her acolytes Najimy and Wendy Makkena again dragoon her into the sisterhood, in this case to teach music at a failing Catholic high school in inner-city San Francisco. Goldberg has to deal with a stuffy school administration and a pouty student, Hill, who wants to be a singer despite the opposition of her mother, Sheryl Lee Ralph. The plot hinges on whether Hill will join Goldberg's choir in time for a state choral competition.
All sequels, of course, are sinners. But this one, not pretending to be anything more than it is, deserves absolution. Say five "Hail Whoopis" and see it. (PG)
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