Sister Act (1992)

Episode 115 (May 17, 2024)

Matt and Laci are mysteriously missing, so this episode is brought to you by replacement hosts Sister Anastasia Killian and Friar Jacob Aloysius Clement, who have the required expertise to talk you through the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Sister Act. Is it an accurate portrayal of convent life? Do nuns really have this much fun?

Anyway, the show has lots of praise for this frankly delightful nun comedy. Obviously Whoopi is a megastar here, but how wonderful is Maggie Smith? Honestly, all of these nuns are terrific, they should star in remakes of other movies. Like, wouldn’t it be great to see Nuns in Wonderland, or The Nuns and the Chocolate Factory, or Nun Transformers: Age of Extinction?

Prayers up for Laci and Matt, who we haven’t heard from since all that unpleasantness in Reno.

Time stamps:
00:03:02 — Our histories with Sister Act
00:06:40 — Pre-movie predictions
00:10:07 — History segment: Development of Sister Act, from original conception by screenwriter Paul Rudnick to the casting of Bette Midler; career overview of star Whoopi Goldberg
00:30:56 — In-depth movie discussion
01:24:47 — Final thoughts and star ratings

Artwork by Laci Roth.

Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (, Apple Music (, or YouTube (


Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode: 

“Your Ambition” – 

“Winston-Salem” –

“Snake Drama” –

“The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” –


“Fun With Nuns” by Paul Rudnick | The New Yorker, 2009 –

“Whoopi Goldberg Will Not Shut Up, Thank You Very Much” by Jazmine Hughes | The New York Times, 2022 –

Enjoy some clips from the episode!

Don't be a witness!

The nuns take over the neighborhood

@load.bearing.beams Another movie that forces me to sing the entire time. I apologize. @mattstokes9 and I discuss this #90s #whoopigoldberg banger #sisteract #filmtok ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast

The church is getting popular

@load.bearing.beams We love this movie!! Listen as we describe the majesty of #sisteract! How could anyone not love this movie??? #whoopigoldberg #filmtok ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast

This is the most wholesome biker bar

@load.bearing.beams Is this the most wholesome biker bar ever depicted in cinema? @mattstokes9 and I talk #whoopigoldberg #90s classic #sisteract on tomorrow’s episode. #maggiesmith #filmtok ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast

Outtake in which we sing Catholic songs

@load.bearing.beams DELETED SCENE and for good reason! Yes, this clip counts as church. #filmtok #90s #whoopigoldberg #sisteract ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast

We take you to church

@load.bearing.beams Come to church with @mattstokes9 and Laci this Friday as we discuss the timeless classic #sisteract #whoopigoldberg #maggiesmith #filmtok ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast