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Changing Habits (1997)

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An artist (Moira Kelly) decides to put her troubles with men and evictions behind her by moving to a convent, so she can work for her keep. Is her art an opportunity for the sisters to save the convent from closure?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soosh Teague
Boutique owner
Mother Superior
Sister Agatha
Felix Shepherd
Art Store Customer
Anne Haney ...
Sister Humiliata
Jennifer Youngs ...
Laurel Moglen ...
Theo Teagarden
Bairbre Dowling ...
Woman in Loft
Bishop Creighton


An aspiring artist runs from men as a result of an early life problem that has left her relationship with her father strained. She decides to move into a convent where troubled women receive cheap lodging in exchange for work. She finds a dirty area in the basement where she paints a mural that deals with all of her psychological problems. While some find it gaudy, others such as the mother superior realizes its potential to save the convent which is to be closed. During all this the artist starts a relationship with a man who owns an art supply shop where she shop-lifts her supplies. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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It will lift your spirits. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 May 1997 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Changing Habits  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Theo's last name, Teagarden, is the name of one of the production companies making this film. See more »


When Midge dies, Soosh shakes her, and Midge's eyelids visibly flutter. See more »


Susan "Soosh" Teague: I'd like to shoplift this please.
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References The Nun's Story (1959) See more »


Traditional, Arranged by Monty Seward
Produced by Monty Seward for Word-Out, Inc.
Performed by Kimaya Seward
Background Vocals: The Soul Food Choir
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A somber tale.
28 February 1999 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The movie is about a girl named Susan who is trying to live her life independently from her father. She has a lot of animosity for her father because she blames him for the abject memories of her childhood. Moira Kelly plays Susan who steals and lies to get what she desires. She deceived her way into a convent after she was evicted from her apartment. She shop lifts paint supplies from a local art store. She justifies her actions by the moral standard she learned from her parents. Then she meets a guy named Felix who looks past these moral flaws and helps her face the past. She learns a lot from Felix and over time she decides to face her past and learns that her father isn't the person who is to blame for her wretched childhood.

Susan carries a lot of emotional baggage from her past like resentment, anger and hatred. I got a chance to witness another side to Moira's acting abilities that I haven't seen in a previous film. Moira displays these emotions very vividly and her mannerisms add another dimension to her character. I also liked Christopher Lloyd who has starred in the Back To The Future trilogy. His character is in turmoil over Susan's past and how he desperately wants to be a part of her present life.

I neither liked nor disliked this movie. I am indifferent. This movie can be somber or uplifting and humorous. It just depends on how you interpret the subject matter. Moira and Christopher are very good and I only wish other actors and actresses could take lessons from them. The memories that Susan and her father share is the reason why I think this movie is very sad.

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