Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Harmless, silly tale with vibrant music and dance.
  • PG
  • 1993
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of positive messages about the importance of school and the value of full participation in life. Teens learn lessons about follow-through and commitment. Praiseworthy view of a successfully integrated inner city high school. In a relatively benign way, leading characters lie to their superiors to reach their goals. On two occasions, reckless driving is played for comedic effect.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Infrequent, mild: "hell," "ass," "crap," "Jesus Christ."


One mention of Jenny Craig

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel is even milder than the first movie with no violence or sexual content and just a few minor swear words. Conflict and intrigue are provided by a conspiracy of four well-meaning but rather dim nuns in their efforts to save a high school. They plot to pass off a Las Vegas singer as a music teacher and member of their religious order. The fraud they commit is thus shown to be "on the side of the angels."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmy F. April 28, 2018

Not totally harmless

I bought this movie for the songs - they're amazing! BUT in the beginning Dolores is dancing onstage and several body builder guys come up. One dressed as... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byJackandeoin January 25, 2019

Loved it!!!

This is a must watch! I was surprised though that commen sense media didn't put in the language. Mild uses of "damn" and the music class sign on... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byanimateddisneyfan May 24, 2015

Oh Happy Days

This is a really good movie!!!! So good I could watch it over & over again! It has great music, 2 of the songs from the movie is on my YouTube playlist.
Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 January 4, 2011

can't remember...

From what I can remember from this movie, it's great!! (heehee) I haven't seen it in such a long time, but all I remember is the you bette... Continue reading

What's the story?

SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT reunites the hip, fast-talking, heart-of-gold Las Vegas singer, Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) with the good-hearted nuns from the original Sister Act. The nuns desperately need Deloris' talent and smarts to inspire the joyless, unmotivated students in their San Francisco parochial high school. Deloris thus finds herself once again masquerading as Sister Mary Clarence, just as St. Francis School is about to be shut down. Will Sister Mary Clarence be able to uncover the amazing hidden talent in her classroom of underachievers? Will that talent soar in a state competition and save the school?

Is it any good?

Foregoing the mobster-themed, witness-protection angle of the original comic Sister Act, this sequel is crime-free, villain-free and, unfortunately, comparatively comedy-free. The story moves along with the thinnest of plots (most complications are based on convenient eavesdropping or obvious misunderstanding). Trite characters find themselves in trite situations.

Whoopi Goldberg's energy and enjoyment, however, are contagious. And the wide variety of music, performed with zest and sparkle by the young performers, at least makes the movie watchable. (Lauryn Hill, before her breakout success with The Fugees and then as a solo artist, is the lead student-singer.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many different people learn lessons in this movie. In what ways do the kids support one another? What do they learn from Sister Mary Clarence? How does the movie show that one person can make a significant difference? Why do you think the filmmakers decided to blend hymns, rap music, and rock? Were they successful?

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