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Trouble with Angels (1966)

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The Trouble with Angels is a 1966 family film.

10 out of 10 stars.  A beautiful nostalgic film about life in a Catholic girls’ school versus life as a nun.

Mary Clancy is an orphan being raised by her Uncle George, a globe-trotting businessman with a string of “girlfriends”.  When she turns sixteen and becomes quite a handful, Uncle George sends Mary to St. Frances School for Girls, a boarding school in a convent.  There she meets her partner in crime, Rachel Devereaux.

Over the course of two years, Mary and Rachel get in trouble for setting off the fire alarm while smoking in the bathroom (to which the fire department responds), giving paid tours of the nuns’ living quarters, putting powdered bubble bath in the nuns’ sugar, and encasing another student’s head in plaster of Paris.  But the Mother Superior sees herself in Mary’s rebellious nature and is actually quite patient and forgiving.

At Christmas, the girls pay a visit to a nursing home with all women.  There, Mary sees firsthand the cost of motherhood.  All of the women are widowed and rarely see their children.  They’re lonely and afraid.  After being good wives and excellent mothers, they expected a reward and instead were put in a nursing home by their children then ignored.  Between Uncle George’s series of flirtations with young girls and the nursing home, Mary’s view of life is profoundly changed.

During their last year, one of the nuns dies and Mary sees the closeness of the sisters.  They comfort and console each other, but above all else, they are comforted in the knowledge that she has gone to be with God and is serving him in heaven.  When nuns retire, they retire to St. Frances so there are no nursing homes for them.

When the girls graduate, Mary is one of two girls who decides to become a nun.  This is supposed to be a surprise ending, but it wasn’t much of a surprise to me.  🙂

10 out of 10 stars.  It’s rare to find a wholesome family film.  This is one of the best.

 

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