When you think about movies with nuns or church, you probably think "BORING!".... right? .... WRONG! Well, not these two movies anyway. I’m talking about "Sister Act" and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" with Whoopi Goldberg.
In the first movie a lounge singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi) ends up having to run from her ex-boyfriend who wants her dead. When she goes to the police, they stick her in the last place that they think she’ll be found.. A CONVENT! A Vegas lounge singer stuck in a convent having to at least TRY to pretend to be a nun. Oh and most of the nuns aren't allowed to know making it even crazier! Plus she gets a new name becoming Sister Mary Clarence.
At first she’s not happy, and neither is the reverend mother (played by Maggie Smith). And Maggie, I mean the reverend mother, has a plan - she sticks her in the choir where she thinks Deloris will cause no trouble, and she was right! She helps the nuns become the choir they always had the potential to be. No spoilers - but let me tell you that choir is amazing.
The sequel "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" had me a bit worried. We all know sequels aren’t usually up to par with the first, but this one is in my opinion. Deloris's friends, now teachers in a school, end up going all the way to Vegas to find her because they need her help. They want her to come back to the convent and help her - as a music teacher for the kids. So of course, she helps them, with results far beyond what anyone imagined. To say more would be serious spoilers so I’ll just say if you haven’t seen them yet, then what are you waiting for?
Jennifer Rhodes Cleere met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Many of you that know me know that I am definitely not a fan of organized religion. I don't do the church thing, I don't care for the mass worship stuff in general, but these movies are so much more than that!
This is a perfect example to me of how music transcends so many things that we deal with. Packed with an all-star cast Sister Act brings us Whoopi Goldberg facing off with Maggie Smith. I mean never mind the bad guys, seriously you could watch this JUST for these two. Absolutely stellar performances from both, and the rest of the cast holds up too!
Filled with a mix of truly feel-good moments, and a mix of comedy moments, this is a movie that always makes me smile!
As for Sister Act 2, I agree with Jenn that the sequel actually does live up to the first. Adding a young Lauren Hill to the cast, we get a new story, and more music, but the same core feelings that you get in the first one. It's one of those movies that just makes me smile. Now, almost 20 years later, there is finally talk of Sister Act 3 with the Disney channel! I for one, will definitely be watching it! Be sure to scroll down for the giveaway but first, check out our top 4 songs from the movies and let us know if YOU have a favorite!
Favorite Songs From The Movies - Give Them A Click - If these don't make you smile - well I guess you don't smile lol
My God (picked by Jenn from Sister Act)
I Will Follow You (picked by Melanie from Sister Act)
Joyful, Joyful (A joint pick from Sister Act 2)
And Now For The Giveaway!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away a "Feel GoodPrize Pack" featuring Sister Act 1 &2 DVD set, with feel good stickers sent in by Jennifer Rhodes Cleere, and a SIGNED COPY of The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter!
For your chance to win- leave a comment ON THIS POST ON THE WEBSITE (comments left on shares around other social media WILL NOT COUNT) - What Song Do You Hear / Sing That Makes You Feel Good?
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments. Other comments about the article are very welcome but only entrants with the qulifying comments will go in the hat! What you ask for will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on February 6th (and then posted here on the blog as well on Feb 7th. Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!