Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

  • Review Date: July 30, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Harmless, silly tale with vibrant music and dance.
  • Review Date: July 30, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 107 minutes





What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

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


One mention of Jenny Craig

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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."

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Kids say

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.)

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 10, 1993
DVD release date:January 18, 2000
Cast:Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Whoopi Goldberg
Director:Bill Duke
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Topics:Misfits and underdogs, Music and sing-along
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild language

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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 better not make a decision from this review!!
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Parent Written byFlicklove December 29, 2013

Go for it!

Feel good movie, and the importance of listening to what your kids truly want for themselves in life.
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Parent of a 11 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... June 30, 2011

cool movie!

this is a great movie i just love it just as good as the 1st one only better!
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