It’s Monday. Let’s try and start this week off on a positive note.
So Saturday, I’m flipping through the channels to discover a channel playing Sister Act & Sister Act 2 back to back!
Both of these VHS’ were in heavy rotation in my childhood because they are pretty flawless. Just entertaining in every way. But for this post, let’s focus on the 2nd movie where “urban gangsta flava” saves the school!
We open with Whoopi rehashing the events of the first movie in a musical number for the gods!
Seriously. This is not even 5 minutes into the movie and it’s already amazing. Sorry for the foreign language, but that’s all that I could find via the YouTube. When Whoopi yells, “Oh, I was a hoe!” I just can’t stop laughing.
Long story short, Whoopi has to come revisit the nuns who protected her and save the school with her sass and musical abilities. She accepts after a classic Catholic guilt trip (so I’ve heard).
She meets the students who are so urban and anti-establishment and it’s all perfect. Let’s get a rundown of our characters:
Jennifer “Love” Hewitt as Prissy Snobby Girl
Sketch who can’t stay awake because he has a job
City High lead singer/Afrocentric one
Frankay aka White Boy who raps
Tanya aka Flawless Vocal Goddess with copious access to Blue Magic
And Lauryn Hill as Sassmaster Rita Wilson.
As with every single 90’s movie set in an urban setting, the kids react sorely to being educated, leading with Rita walking out of Whoopi’s tough love.
The relationship between the students and Whoopi lead to what is to my knowledge the greatest scene ever placed on film.
I GOT THE FLOW,
Y’ALL GOTTA GO,
SO GO GET YA BAGS SO YOU CAN GO,
I dare you to try and come up with a more hilarious moment than this. You can’t. Just stop.
Anyways, after a series of pranks and more urban gangsta flava, Whoopi is teaching us the most valuable lesson.
“If you want to be somebody, If you want to go somewhere, You better wake up and PAY ATTENTION!’
Kelly Clarkson lookalike is all, we need to liven this up.
DROP THAT BEAT!
Whoopi is all, “Talent, what?!” and is like, we’re turning you into a choir. No wonder you’re in the music class!
But before we get all the kids on board, let’s check in with our nuns!
OH MY GOD YES.
This is all just great fun, but nothing is better than my lady and her jig yelling “Vote for me, and I’ll set you freeeeee!”
I just love that.
Some more plot, some more plot. Let’s skip to His Eye Is On The Sparrow.
Just flawless. Completely and utterly flawless. The harmonies. The talent. Lauryn Hill has become a bit of a punchline, but for serious. She is so ridiculously amazing here. And Tanya! Why didn’t she have a better singing career? So pressed right now.
Anyway, we get a montage and Lauryn Hill is back in the choir and we’re ready for our first performance!
The kids are still nervous about their reps and Afrocentric is leading the choir but his nerves are getting in the way!
Whoopi is all, “This is trash. Scales and Arpeggios time.” But then a key change leads to a dramatic increase in talent and this…
Seriously, this is amazing.
By sheer coincidence, the nuns are cleaning out a room and the high school was the best at singing in the 70’s and this will save the school. The kids are entered, Sheryl Lee Ralph (Rita’s mom) HATES music!
Here’s a reenactment:
The accuracy though…
The Crispy villain guy is all huffy, the monks are on an adventure, and now we’re at the competition!
This turquoise choir sings Lord, Send A Revival and should have been the runner ups.
The intimidating stuffy choir also sings Joyful, Joyful and scares the kids into wanting to quit.
Whoopi is all, be yourself and show off that urban gangsta flava!
And now, the moment that you’ve all been waiting for!
I can’t even begin to breakdown how amazing this is. If you don’t know the lyrics, you are LYING! Rita’s mom shows up and puts some fear, but Lauryn Hill is all talented and sounds amazing. Frankaaaay and Sketch rap. The ladies singing “Come and join the chorus!!!” blow my mind every time. The tenors hitting the “with the light of day, lord!” is such a sweet touch. It’s all just so good.
My personal favorite moment is the bodyrolls to Joyful, Joyful while Frankaaaay raps about Jesus.
And then, the school is saved thanks to all the talent and Crispy is foiled. And Whoopi is not really a nun. THE END.
Ugh, the 90’s were just so great.
We have a movie with a completely standard plot saved by amazing musical moments and hilarious acting. I could watch this movie every day.
What are your favorite moments? Do you have fond memories watching these two movies? Let us know in the comments. I’ll let you sing backup when we perform Joyful, Joyful!