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Nasty Habits

PG 1976 1h 36m Comedy List
40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 44% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Nuns (Glenda Jackson, Sandy Dennis, Melina Mercouri) look and act like the Watergate conspirators as they thirst for power in a Philadelphia convent. Read More Read Less

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Steven K. Blevins Gay Community News (Boston) What results ranges from the dull to the divine. Sep 13, 2022 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service Nasty Habits could easily have been a constant joy instead of being merely an intermittent one. Nov 1, 2019 Full Review Ruth Batchelor Los Angeles Free Press The bad taste here doesn't work because, (a), the director cannot direct comedy and (b), he script isn't funny, only the premise, and that's too outdated. Oct 23, 2019 Full Review Clancy Sigel The Spectator Nasty Habits is both too cute, a radical-chic Going My Way, and too timid. Oct 23, 2015 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice This comic tale about corruption in pious places packs a lively moral wallop! Jan 23, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member totally engaging political comedy Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review eric b This strangely forgotten film is a wonderful satire of the then-fresh Watergate scandal. The Nixon administration's misdeeds are transported to a nunnery, in which the contentious election of a new abbess leads to bugged rooms and a strategic burglary that erupts into public scandal. Glenda Jackson is typically flawless as the ice-cold veteran who pulls the strings, but the stellar cast also includes Geraldine Page, Anne Meara, Sandy Dennis (hilarious as an oblivious dimwit) and Eli Wallach. The pious should be forewarned, however: These nuns are hardly filled with loving reverence. They conspire, smoke, curse and even have sex. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg had been working in British television in the years preceding "Nasty Habits," but he probably learned something about internal power struggles from his previous feature: the infamous Beatles documentary "Let It Be." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member In an election for head abbess, two nuns square off in a microcosm of Washington politics complete with surreptitious break-ins, thefts and wiretaps. The movie's combination of serious satire and mere frivolity make it a bit hard to grasp where the director is going with all this, while the one-sided approach to the plot limits its effectiveness. There are some funny moments, and some clever commentary and jokes about the Catholic Church, but in the long run, Nasty Habits is superficial and tedious. Maybe you have to be in the clergy or feminist/.lesbian fully appreciate it ('it's a Catholic thing; you wouldn't understand)) but I thought it was way too long and downright tedious. Monty Python meets My Dinner WIth Andre. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member funny movie. Worth seeing for Sandy Dennis dressed up like a man! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Nuns (Glenda Jackson, Sandy Dennis, Melina Mercouri) look and act like the Watergate conspirators as they thirst for power in a Philadelphia convent.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Robert Enders
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 19, 2014
1h 36m