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Another long sit. Director Penny Marshall's all-black, sometimes- musical remake of THE BISHOP'S WIFE-- the 1947 Best Picture nominee that starred Cary Grant as an angel who arrives on Earth to assist a man of the cloth-- is a good twenty minutes too long. Maybe thirty. The padding is obvious in the musical numbers, of which there are at least eight. (I lost count.) Most of the singing is done by Whitney Huston, whose character commands a church choir. (Her voice soars, but her acting doesn't. Neither she nor co-star Courtney B. Vance appear excited about anything in this romantic holiday comedy.) The forced fuzzies are also overkill. From foster homes to fidelity, every conceivable crisis is confronted and given a cheery resolution. The jokes are funny, thank good- ness, and there's a Microsoft gag midway through that's worth the price of admission. Even with a nice performance by Denzel Washington, who plays the visiting spirit, and some occasionally impressive supporting work, I still wanted to go home and strangle my Tickle Me Elmo. (Rated "PG"/124 min.) Grade: B- Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros
Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: December 15, 1996.