In 1993, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit came to theaters! I was a year old then, but years later, I discovered how amazing it was! I remember watching this movie as a kid and instantly falling in love with all the songs and characters! I sang along and danced to every song on that movie.
For those who have never seen the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, you will have to understand what the first movie is about. Sister Act was about a famous lounge singer named Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) who sees her mobster boyfriend, Vince (Harvey Keitel) commit murder. For her own protection, she was sent to a nunnery and was forced to become a nun. She was completely out of her element and caused all kinds of trouble because she was used to late nights singing and being able to do whatever she wanted. To keep her from causing chaos, the sister nuns assigned her to their adult choir to keep her occupied. They never would have expected her to make the choir the most soulful and beautiful act in the city!
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Will Change Your Life!
This movie was full of inspiration and gave the audience many valuable life lessons. It made you laugh, cry, and think about God and life in general. This is a video of a scene with Lauryn Hill as Rita and Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence where she laid some serious words of wisdom on the young Rita. This particular scene really resonated with me as a writer because I wake up wanting to write. I always remembered the lesson that Sis Mary Clarence taught the kids: “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention!” When I doubt myself, I just sing that to myself and it inspires me to do anything in life, especially write!
In Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Deloris is needed at the nunnery as Sister Mary Clarence to help teach music to teens at a troubled school in hopes of keeping the facility from closing at the hands of Mr. Crisp (James Coburn), a callous administrator. Now that you know what it is about, let me introduce you to the characters that made the movie famous.
Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence
From 2012 to 2014, Whoopi Goldberg had a recurring role in the TV series, Glee, where she played Carmen Tibideaux, a renowned Broadway performer and opera singer and the Dean of Vocal Performance and Song Interpretation at a performing arts college. She has been the moderator and co-host of The View since 2007, where she enjoys talking about controversial issues despite receiving backlash for speaking her mind and not holding anything back. Her unapologetic attitude about who she is and what she says is an admirable quality. In 2014, she had a cameo role as Megan Fox’s boss in the modern reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Wendy Makkena as Sister Mary Robert
She played the meek and quiet one in Sister Act 2, but she loved to sing! Makkena played the hilarious obsessed mother in Oliver Beene, a Fox mid-season sitcom, which ran for one season in 2003-04. Makkena has strayed away from movies and does regular or recurring roles on sitcom series such as Santa Barbara, A League of Their Own, NYPD Blue, and Judging Amy. In 2011, she appeared in Melissa and Joey as Suzanne Reback. From 2012 to 2013, she played Daniella Devlin in The Mob Doctor. Her most recent role to date was IAB Agent Hitchcock in Rizzoli & Isles in 2015. How great it is to know that the nun with the voice of an angel stayed in show business!
Kathy Najimy as Sister Mary Patrick
Sister Mary Patrick was the funny nun with the contagious laugh. Since Sister Act, she appeared in many movies and shows throughout the years. I loved her in Hocus Pocus as the clumsy and crazy witch. She is amazing actress because she knows how to completely transform into her characters and she doesn't care how she looks to achieve the best performance. Her enduring and hilarious performances make her memorable and enjoyable to watch. In July 2011, Najimy appeared in TNT's Franklin and Bash episode "Bangover", playing a judge. Premiering in August 2015, Najimy appeared in Disney's Descendants as the Evil Queen.
Maggie Smith as Mother Superior
Like her character in Sister Act 2, most of Maggie Smith's characters seem mean and strict, but they are lovable and full of heart. She is most notably known by young people as Professor Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor of Transfiguration and the Head of Gryffindor House in the Harry Potter film series. Her most recent role has been in Julian Fellowes' ITV drama series, Downtown Abbey as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Mary Wikes as Sister Mary Lazarus
She was the wise-cracking and loud nun who had a tell-it-like-it is demeanor. She was hilarious because she didn’t play any games. She was a no nonsense nun who made sure the kids obeyed the rules. She was definitely old school and it was funny to watch her steal scenes from Whoopi Goldberg herself! She was known for playing cranky, matter-of-fact relatives in 1990's Postcards from the Edge as Meryl Streep's grandmother and in 1994's Little Women as Aunt March. One of her last roles was voicing a gargoyle in the 1996 animated movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was released after her death in 1995. She will always be remembered for her deadpan comedy delivery and her incredible ability to touch the audience through her characters.
Lauryn Hill as Rita Wilson
She is so beautiful and her voice is out of this world! She is an amazing singer and actress. Rita Watson was a rebellious young girl who tried her best to hide her singing talent because she didn’t want to disappoint her mom who despised Rita doing anything but focusing on her education. Thankfully, Lauryn Hill did not stop singing after that movie. She became the frontwoman for the Fugees, with whom she won several awards and accolades. Breaking away from the group, she wrote her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won several Grammy awards! Now she takes care of her six children she shares with Rohan Marley. She continues to perform and tour, but in my heart, I will always remember her as Rita.
Ryan Toby as Ahmal
He was the intelligent and super talented singer who was shy at first, but once he broke out of his shell, he sang with such immense emotion and talent. His voice was definitely a gift from God and it's amazing how he is still sharing it with the world today. After Sister Act 2, he wrote songs for Will Smith's album and became part of the Grammy nominated group City High, where he met his ex-wife, Claudette Ortiz, who he had two sons with. After the group broke up in 2003, he decided to become a songwriter and producer for several famous artists such as Usher, Mary J Blige, Brian McKnight, Monica, Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Chris Brown, just to name a few. He still sings and writes his own songs and hopefully, he will come out with more personal albums in the near future. Let's take a look at a scene from the movie where he first blessed us with a jaw-dropping performance!
Amazing Performances by Ryan Toby and the Choir!
At only 16 years old, Ryan Toby amazed the world with his vocal talents! It was incredibly remarkable how Sister Mary Clarence was able to take a group of misfits and make them like each other enough to sing together. They learned how to work together, sing in harmony, and express love for the Lord!
All of these characters found a way into my heart and taught me memorable life lessons. Sister Mary Clarence taught me to never give up on my dreams and be proud of who I am. Mother Superior taught me it is always good to do the right thing and love everyone. Sister Mary Robert taught me to sing to your heart's content and always have a positive attitude. Sister Mary Patrick taught me to laugh and have fun! Sister Mary Lazarus taught me how to obey the rules and keep my nose clean to achieve great things in life. Rita and Ahmal taught me that passion and love for the Lord and life will take me further than I ever dreamed of. Sister Act 2 was such a remarkable movie because it taught audiences how to sing with abandon, love the Lord with all your heart, making friends is easy without judgment, and life can surprise you in the most amazing ways.