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‘Nuns on the Run’ (PG-13)

By Rita Kempley
Washington Post Staff Writer
March 17, 1990

As cross-dressed comedies go, "Nuns on the Run" is a celibate "Some Like It Hot." Set in a cloistered Catholic girls college, it's an irreverent drag act -- all conventional high jinks and Hail Mary gags -- as in let's get the fat guy stuck in the window, and Hail Mary, maybe somebody'll laugh.

Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane costar as petty crooks Brian and Charlie, who disguise themselves as Sister Euphemia and Sister Inviolata to elude their ruthless young boss, a gang of Chinese drug-money launderers and the British bobbies. When they happen fortuitously on St. Joseph's College, home to the prettiest coeds and the ugliest nuns in all of Christendom, sophomoric, puny and smutty jokes ensue.

Sister Inviolata, who is supposed to be a gas simply because he's a hog in a wimple, is recruited as a gym teacher and gets all flustered whilst ogling the buff coeds in the showers. Sister Euphemia is propositioned by the college's flirtatious Father Shamus, who is apparently attracted to bearded penguins. The sister is a popular guy whose nearsighted love interest from his earlier life, Faith (nudge, nudge, nudge, nudge), also comes looking for him at St. Joseph's.

Forever forgetting, losing and breaking her glasses, the myopic blonde could use extended-wear contact lenses, but then she wouldn't be able to borrow Marilyn Monroe's shtick from "How to Marry a Millionaire" and Sister Euphemia wouldn't get to double-cross her and this smirky little rumpus wouldn't have anywhere else to go. That would be reason enough to praise the Lord.

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