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Sister Mary Explains It All (2001)

A bigoted, fanatical nun comes face to face with the lives she ruined through her teachings when a quartet of her traumatized former students return to perform at her Christmas Eve church lecture.



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Credited cast:
Sister Mary Ignatius
Gary Sullivan
Aloysius Benheim
Angela DiMarco
Philomena Rostovich
Skeptical Husband
Bitter Divorcee
Cynthia Johnson
Jon Davey ...
Tony Cardonelli
Deaf Woman
Skeptical Husband's Wife
B.J. Woodbury ...
Truck Driver
Mrs. Cardonelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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A bigoted, fanatical nun comes face to face with the lives she ruined through her teachings when a quartet of her traumatized former students return to perform at her Christmas Eve church lecture.

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When it comes to sin... she's hell on heels See more »


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Release Date:

28 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Et dieu créa soeur Mary  »

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The film starts by showing the hands of a nun and they appear to belong to a woman older than Diane Keaton, implying that the character is intended to be older than the actress portraying her. See more »


Sister Mary Ignatius: Thomas, who made you?
Thomas: [surrounded by shot people] Sister Mary? I have to go...
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Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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3 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I am a former Catholic, so parts of this movie that I found funny were mysterious to the person I watched it with (who knew very little about the Catholic church). For example, most of the parroted, rote-style question-and-answer bits ("Who made you?" "God made me.") were from the Baltimore Catechism, which was used extensively in Catholic schools during the "golden age" of Catholic education in the 1940s and 1950s. But this movie was set in 1984, if my math is still good, and I don't know of any parish schools affiliated with the Church of Rome who could have gotten away with using it by then.

Ditto with some of the doctrinal "humor." To people who aren't Catholics, it just isn't funny. It's confusing and will probably do more to *alienate* Catholics from the faithful of other beliefs, which definitely isn't needed.

Finally, the ending was upsetting and needlessly tragic. It was not worth the emotional investment in the characters.

Oh, and a note to the person below who said a nun would not take a male name under any circumstances (meaning Ignatius) -- that simply isn't true. I have known many women religious who took male names. In many orders, the common practice up until Vatican II was to use the first name of Mary for every sister, and then add a second name -- a male saint's name, such as Patrick, Charles, Aloysius, or -- yes -- Ignatius -- to make Sister Mary Patrick, Sister Mary Charles, etc. In fact, I have a good friend who was a sister in the 1970s whose name in religion was Sister Mary Matthew.

What *is* incorrect, in this context, is to call such a person a nun. A nun is a member of a cloistered religious order. Such religious are bound by "solemn" vows and lead lives of contemplative prayer, away from the outside world. Female religious who serve their order in schools, hospitals, or other visible venues are not nuns. They are sisters, and they are bound by "simple" vows.

While I do not wish to flaunt my familiarity with the Catholic church, I do want to point out that because of it, I was able to recognize that this movie simply does not work as a "humorous" film when shown to a non-Catholic audience. There are too many "inside" jokes.

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